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Crohn's Disease

WHAT IS CROHN’S DISEASE?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the digestive tract, but often occurs at the end of the small intestine. Inflammation often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue, and can lead to serious complications such as , ulcers, intestinal blockages and fistulas.

Symptoms can appear at any age, but show up most commonly between the ages of 15 and 35.

Crohn’s disease is more common in urban areas and industrialized countries, suggesting that environmental triggers or a diet of refined foods might play a role. It could be that in susceptible people, the immune system overreacts to a virus or bacterium, and begins to attack cells in the digestive tract. Poor diet, stress, and smoking aggravate the inflammation.

There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease as of right now, but medications and therapies can help control symptoms and even produce long-term remission.

CROHN’S DISEASE SYMPTOMS:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Malnutrition
  • Weight loss
 

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HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS CROHN’S DISEASE PATIENTS

The first ever study on cannabis use in Crohn’s disease came  In 2011. The Israel Medical Association Journal reported findings by conducting retrospective interviews and researchers concluded:

“The results indicate that cannabis may have a positive effect on disease activity, as reflected by reduction in disease activity index and in the need for other drugs and surgery.”

Study authors also note:

“The observed beneficial effect in this study may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, but additional effects of cannabinoids may also play a role. Cannabinoids influence gastrointestinal motility and, in particular, have an anti-diarrheal effect, as observed in mice injected with cholera toxin.”

21 of 30 participants  improved “significantly” after treatment with cannabis and the need for other medication was also “significantly reduced.”

Not only it slows downs disease progression, medical marijuana is also a therapeutic treatment for a number of Crohn’s symptoms, including loss of appetite, fatigue, abdominal cramps and trouble sleeping.

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