Medical Marijuana for Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis is an inherited progressive disorder that causes infections in the lungs and damages the digestive system, and it causes salty-tasting skin, the inability to gain weight, male infertility, frequent bulky stools, aches and pains, and coughing that can lead to nausea and vomiting. It can also lead to other respiratory, digestive, and reproductive system complications. Because researchers associate the disorder to impairments in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which results in an imbalance of fatty acids, cannabis may be able to help manage the symptoms of cystic fibrosis through its ability to normalize the ECS.

Studies have found THC benefits those with cystic fibrosis by relieving nausea and vomiting, acting as a bronchodilator, and providing anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, and pain-relieving effects. An animal trial found mice with cystic fibrosis who were treated with THC during infancy prevented infertility in males. Another found regular THC treatments during infancy benefited motor activity and improved anxiety levels. Marijuana treatments even combatted the mortality caused by decreased appetite and malnutrition in cystic fibrosis patients. Researchers believe cannabinoid treatments for children or young adults with cystic fibrosis might improve food intake, reduce inflammation, and overall improve their health. 

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