Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation disease affecting the intestines. Characterized by agonizing pain, ulcers, bowel problems, anal bleeding, fatigue, weight loss and fever, this is a serious illness which can have an enormously damaging impact on a person’s life.
Doctors are unsure of the exact causes of this disease. They believe that the immune system plays a large role in causing the inflammation to the intestines. However, they don’t yet know why the immune system does this.
Anti-inflammatory drugs are the primary treatment method for Crohn’s disease today. However, these medications rarely do enough to address the pain that the disease causes. They can also cause a long list of side effects, including bleeding, headaches, ulcers, allergic reactions and more.
As a result, many Crohn’s disease patients have begun to use cannabis to treat their disease instead. Cannabis has been used to treat chronic pain conditions for hundreds of years. In fact, some historians believe it was the first plant to be used as a medicine by humans.
One of the reasons why cannabis has been found to be useful in reducing the symptoms of Crohn’s disease is its anti-inflammatory abilities. This has been proven in a large number of studies over the years. Because Crohn’s disease is fundamentally caused by inflammation, this is of huge benefit to patients.
Another way that cannabis can help to treat the disease is through its ability to act as a powerful pain reliever. In fact, medical cannabis has become synonymous with the treatment of chronic pain. Cannabis reduces pain by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, a system found in the body which is responsible for the regulation of pain.
Researchers also believe that cannabis can help to counteract the fatigue which is a common symptom among Crohn’s disease patients. Again, they believe it does this through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
Finally, cannabis can help to minimize the risks to mental health which are associated with all forms of chronic pain. It does this by stabilizing mood and maintaining balance to the chemistry in the brain.
While research is ongoing, there isn’t currently enough evidence to conclusively recommend cannabis as a treatment for Crohn’s disease. However, the anecdotal evidence that this treatment is effective and safe is hard to ignore. It is hoped that the research will soon be able to back up these claims and that a cannabis-based treatment for the disease will someday become a reality.