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Medical Cannabis for Crohn’s Disease

"Cannabis medicine can play a significant role in treating Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other gastrointestinal disorders."

Understanding Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is the result of an autoimmune response that causes chronic inflammation in  the gastrointestinal tract. If you are among the nearly 800,000 Americans living with Crohn’s, you know it can cause severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and many other unpleasant symptoms.

How Cannabis Helps Treat Crohn’s

Crohn’s patients experience flare ups, followed by periods of disease remission. Treatments focus on alleviating symptoms and extending remissions.

CBD and THC cannabinoids in the cannabis plant work with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and may help calm autoimmune disease-related inflammation. High-CBD, low-THC combinations have proven to be the most effective for relief of Crohn’s symptoms.

CBD works directly on the enteric nervous system to repair chronic inflammation of the GI tract and prevent inflammation from recurring. Besides combating nausea and stimulating appetite, THC can also relieve pain.

Adding Cannabis to Your Crohn’s Treatment

Not only can cannabis help treat the unpleasant symptoms of Crohn’s, it may also improve the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals that are commonly prescribed, including anti-inflammatory and steroid medications.

If you’re seeking a more natural remedy for your Crohn’s symptoms, talk to your doctor about how cannabis medicine can complement your current treatment plan and help improve your quality of life. The result could be fewer symptoms, and longer remissions.

If you’re interested in getting your medical marijuana card, NETA is here to help.