Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that produces inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract, causing abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, fever, weight loss, fatigue, and malnutrition. Currently, treatment options for Crohn's disease include anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, anti-diarrhea and pain relief medications, and in some cases using a feeding tube or surgery. Now, evidence suggests cannabis' anti-inflammatory properties could help treat Crohn's disease and some studies show cannabis can send the disease into remission.
Because cannabis' cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce symptoms of pain, nausea, and unpleasantness. One study confirmed this, as IBD patients reported marijuana was "very helpful" in relieving abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. In another study, IBD patients were treated with cannabis for three months and not only witnessed improvements in their general health perception, social functioning, ability to work, and physical pain and depression, but they also increased in body weight. Cannabis also helped Crohn's patients increase their appetite and sleep and reduce their nee for other medications. Lastly, one study found patients who were treated with cannabis rich in THC, 10 of 11 patients felt significant benefits, but more importantly, 5 of 11 patients achieved complete remission.
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