Medical Marijuana for Pancreatitis

Photo Credit: Marijuana Health Wellness

Photo Credit: Marijuana Health Wellness

The pancreas is responsible for manufacturing digestive enzymes and breaking down certain elements of food into usable nutrients. When it does not function normally, it may not be able to properly breakdown certain foods, like fats, and it prevents the body from absorbing specific nutrients and potentially leading to malnutrition. Inflammation of the pancreas is called pancreatitis, and it can cause pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Those who suffer from the condition chronically also experience muscle weakness and weight loss.

Chronic pancreatitis sufferers could benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Cannabinoids are known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. In states where medical marijuana is legal, physicians have recommended the medication in order to control the pain associated with pancreatitis outbreaks. Cannabis also stimulate appetite, and studies show that marijuana can facilitate digestion by working with existing enzymes to breakdown food.

This information has been provided by Marijuana Health Wellness and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.