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Medical Marijuana and Peritoneal Pain

What Is Peritoneal Pain?

Peritoneal pain, otherwise known as a generalized condition of peritonitis, is an inflammation of the peritoneum, or the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs. Peritonitis may be localized or generalized and may result from spread of infection or from a non-infectious process. Infections associated with peritonitis are usually due to the rupture of a hollow organ and may occur due to abdominal trauma or appendicitis.

Medical Marijuana and Peritoneal Pain

A diagnosis of peritonitis is based primarily on clinical manifestations, and if strongly suspected, should be treated with surgery. Abdominal x-rays may reveal dilated, edematous intestines, or may be searched for pneumoperitoneum, an indicator of gastrointestinal perforation. In normal conditions, the peritoneum appears greyish and glistening, which eventually becomes dull after the onset of peritonitis within a 2-4 time period.

The use of medical marijuana is directly associated with a reduction in peritonitis disease and the lessening of symptoms related to other gastrointestinal conditions. Patients have been found to have higher levels of cannabinoid receptors in their colonic tissues. Due to this, patients who suffer from this condition and choose to use this alternative treatment method are usually presented with the reducing of symptoms and alleviating any inflammation in the body. Intestinal inflammation is directly affected and lessens in a timely manner.

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