Medically Speaking: Marijuana & Crohn’s Disease

Mary Jon

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In the United States, over 1.4 million people live and cope with Crohn’s disease. Although there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, there is treatment and medical marijuana, also referred to as cannabis, may prove to be a legitimate one. Medical marijuana has proven to improve the quality of life for most patients living with this illness. Crohn’s symptoms can be regulated with the use of cannabis.

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease. It falls into the category of inflammatory bowel diseases, among other illnesses. The disease inflames the digestive tract and according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “The disease can affect any area from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum.” Crohn’s disease is extremely painful. It is also linked to be a hereditary disease. “Crohn’s disease seems to run in some families. It can occur in people of all age groups but is most often diagnosed in young adults. Common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and diarrhea. Bleeding from the rectum, weight loss, joint pain, skin problems and fever may also occur. Children with the disease may have growth problems. Other problems can include intestinal blockage and malnutrition.” The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood in one’s stool, various ulcers and a lack of desire to eat, leading to unhealthy weight loss. Marijuana cannot regulate all of the symptoms, but can relieve some quite powerfully.

Marijuana is a widely-known anti-inflammatory. Crohn’s disease, as mentioned above, causes inflammation in the digestive organs and tracts. The use of medical marijuana can relieve that inflammation. Cannabis has also assisted patients in limiting bowel movements within a day. But whatever you do, don’t smoke it, well, according to CrohnsAwareness.com, “A caveat is that you should not smoke because smoking makes Crohn’s Disease symptoms worse and can also cause lung cancer. You should first consult your physician and if prescribed, take pills, vaporize, use cannabis oils, or bake with it.”

Cannabis is a legitimate form of medicine for Crohn’s. Even though marijuana does not cure Crohn’s disease it is a positive way to relieve the symptoms, improving the way patients live.

Please do not use this article as medical advice. For more information on anxiety disorder and medical marijuana benefits, please see your Physician.