Can cannabis help with IBD and Crohn's disesase?
*Crohn's disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (or IBD) are quite possibly aided by the use of medical cannabis. It causes inflammation of the digestive tract, and associated abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, severe diarrhea, and malnutrition. Keep in mind that IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a different disease, usually not chronic, and characterized by cramping and muscular dysfunction. Both of these diseases may be aided and targeted by the components of cannabis, both cannabinoids and to a lesser extent the terpenes.
Many Crohn's patients may seek cannabis approval because they have already discovered the benefits of medical cannabis and derivatives, and have seen that it can alter the course of their disease. Basically not a cure, but can ameliorate and help some of the symptoms of the disease - patinets report an improvement in pain in the gut, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, depressed mood and activity level. The well known effect of most cannabis (except high THCV strains) is to increase appetite and facilitate eating. The large number of CB2 receptors in the gut and digestive system allow for moderation and regulation of digestive processes by exogenous cannabinoids.
For similar reasons, some patients with ulcerative colitis (separate disease from Crohn's) may benefit from cannabis. Usually ulcerative colitis only affects the colon, not the entire digestive tract as in Crohn's. However, they should receive standard medical care first and perhaps use cannabis to mitigate symptoms, not as a substitute for treatment. Likewise, due to the relaxing of the bowel musculature and regulating peristalsis, cannabis may help in IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Strains with ample CBD may be required, and perhaps even sublingual tincture of CBD alone may help, with no THC. Cannabis is a well known an effective anti-emetic and anti-nausea agent, and typical strains increase appetite and facilitate eating.
Safe to use, patients with digestive disease who have received proper medical care first, can feel comfortable using cannabis to alleviate symptoms under the supervision of their certified cannabis provider.