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Medical Marijuana and Crohn's Disease

What Is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn's disease is an incurable chronic disease of the intestinal tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain, weight loss, fever, rectal bleeding, skin and eye irritations, and diarrhea.

Medical Marijuana and Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease that affects digestion, causes severe pain, and in rare cases, is life-threatening. An estimated 500,000 Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease, though the number is probably much higher due to undiagnosed or misdiagnosed cases.  

Since there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, the goals of treatment are to ease the symptoms, control inflammation and improve the patient’s nutrition. Treatment options for Crohn’s disease may include a combination of nutritional supplements, surgery and drugs such as anti-inflammation, steroids, cortisone, immune system suppressors, Remicade, antibiotics, anti-diarrheal and fluid replacements. However, many of these medications cause additional side effects for patients to deal with, and many patients prefer medical marijuana as an alternative medicine.

There are numerous studies that indicate cannabis is an effective way to alleviate the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. For example, O'Shaughnessy's, a scientific journal, published a study "Cannabis Alleviates Symptoms of Crohn's Disease," that reported that patients saw significant improvements with the use of cannabis.  And the Journal of Clinical Investigation published a study titled "The Endogenous Cannabinoid System Protects Against Colonic Inflammation," which reports that medical marijuana is a powerful anti-inflammatory that “represents a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of intestinal disease conditions characterized by excessive inflammatory responses."

Medical marijuana is an affordable, effective and natural alternative medication that has helped thousands of Crohn’s disease patients. If you or someone you love is suffering from Crohn’s disease and would like to find out if medical marijuana is the right treatment, book an appointment with a local, qualified physician through MarijuanaDoctors.com today. Let us help improve your quality of life!

 

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This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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