Medical Marijuana for Crohn's Disease
Recent advancements in patient care and the implementation of medical marijuana laws in states across the country has allowed patients to find relief from many conditions typically treated with other medications. Marijuana has many therapeutic effects in the body including being a natural anti-inflammatory compound perfect for treating symptoms from Crohn's and other diseases.
A study published by Israel Medical Association Journal studied medical marijuana to treat Crohn's Disease in 30 patients that were not responding to traditional treatments.
This study gave regular doses of medical marijuana to half of these patients, the other half received a placebo marijuana without any THC and the results were assessed by Harvey Bradshaw index for Crohn’s disease.
21 out of 30 patients reported significant symptom reduction and an overall boost to their health. There was a drastic reduction in the need for surgery in all these patients after treatment, compared with before introducing medical marijuana.
The patients also felt that the inflammation in their guts was reduced significantly which is the leading cause of symptoms of Crohns Disease. The study concluded that medical marijuana shows great potential in treating Crohn's Disease symptoms in most patients that use it.
There are some obvious benefits of marijuana to treat Crohn's like the anti-inflammatory compounds found in cannabis. Intestinal inflammation is the leading cause of gastrointestinal problems and can lead to diarrhea, pain, pressure, irregular bowl and more. Plus Crohn's Disease severely disrupts the GI tract and creates an extremely irregular bowl. Introducing both CBD and THC medical marijuana greatly reduces these symptoms by naturally regulating the GI tract, thru the endocannabinoid system.
Medical marijuana contains cannabinoids CBD which is the non-psychoactive component that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The other is THC which is associated with the high that cannabis produces. Both of these can be utilized to successfully treat symptoms of Crohn's and even keep them from coming as preventative care.
Another great benefit of using marijuana is that there are basically no negative side effects. Unlike traditional medication used for pain and anxiety, cannabis is non-addictive and non-narcotic allowing patients to treat their symptoms, without harming their overall health.
The best way to get cannabis treatments is to see a licensed physician that specializes in medical marijuana for Crohn's. Depending on which state you live there are medical marijuana doctors that can answer questions you have and even schedule an appointment in their office.
Then your doctor can create an individualized treatment plan to effectively control symptoms for your specific needs. Plus patients will receive a medical marijuana card showing that they are legally allowed to use cannabis in their state.
Often times these specialists have treated Crohn's using medical marijuana in other patients and can quickly get your dosing correct by mirroring past successful treatments.
There are many symptoms that come along with having Crohn's Disease that medical marijuana can help alleviate either using Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid of both. Below are some popular strains of cannabis that patients report exceptional symptom relief from.
Hash Plant - This Indica dominant strain contains a powerful euphoric high that is great for relieving pain and discomfort. Plus this heavy resin plant has a reputation for being an anti-inflammatory strain great for all symptoms of Crohn's and Colitis.
Lemon Kush - This is a great strain for Crohn's because the fast acting high is great for people suffering from pain. Plus this strain contains an interesting effect on the GI tract stimulating digestion.
Jack Herer - Typically used to treat pain symptoms associated with Crohn's and many other diseases this strain offers intense psychoactive effects that help patients deal with pain. This marijuana strain also affects the GI tract and alleviates inflammation very well.
CBD Medical Marijuana - Out of the 2 cannabinoids found in marijuana CBD is best known for its interaction with our endocannabinoid system at a cellular level. CBD helps to regulate the entire bodies natural functions and is an excellent choice for someone dealing with Crohn and Colitis. CBD also has a very high anti-inflammatory effect and works systematically in the body for Crohn's symptom relief.