Does Cannabis Treat IBS?

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) consist of a variety of gastrointestinal issues involving chronic and painful inflammation of at least one part of the gastrointestinal tract. IBD is the result of the body's immune system mistaking food, bacteria, or other materials as harmful substances, which signals it to attack the intestine's cells. More than 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from some form of IBD, the most common conditions being Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Accompanying the gastrointestinal inflammation are painful symptoms like abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, and weight loss. 

Now, people who suffer from IBD are beginning to realize marijuana may be an optimal treatment method. Whaxy writes, "Those who suffer from Crohn's report that not only does cannabis effectively treat pharmaceutical drug side effects and produce a cessation of many symptoms, but often results in a complete remission of the disease."

These success stories are further supported by studies, like a 2013 study conducted at the Meir Medical Center in Israel. After only eight weeks of smoking two high THC joints (23% THC .5% CBD) a day, participants experienced significant reduction or full remission of their symptoms. Another study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2011 revealed nearly half of all IBD patients used cannabis to treat their condition, which suggests marijuana was able to offer something that the pharmaceuticals available to them did not.

As barriers to medical marijuana research are knocked down, we hope to learn more about the efficacy of cannabis in the treatment of IBD and many other conditions, but for now, read more about what's currently known surrounding cannabis and IBD in this Whaxy article.