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Medical Marijuana for Crohn’s Disease

Medical Marijuana for inflammation of the bowel (Crohn’s Disease)

Credit: The Medical Marijuana Expert: Dr. Rachna Patel
Published: 10th January 2016

In today’s video Dr Patel answers a letter from Vanessa who has been suffering from Crohn’s disease for years. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially in the colon and ileum. In Vanessa’s case she is feeling bloated, feels discomfort when in remission but things can be very bad when it flares up. Sadly Vanessa also feels nauseous which destroys her appetite and when combined with painful cramps and uncontrollable bowel movements it is ruining her life. Prescribed drugs do not seem to work for her and also affect her immune system and make things worse.

Vanessa wants to try medical marijuana to treat her condition but Dr. Patel points out that using it can have medical benefits but it has not been fully tested yet.

Crohn’s Study

Dr. Patel details findings from an eight week study into medical marijuana use to treat Crohn’s disease. The participants in this study are similar to Vanessa in that they could not find help from modern medications.

Group: 21 Patients
Eleven patients were given marijuana in the form of cannabis cigarettes. (Group A)
Ten patients were given similar cigarettes but the main THC chemical was removed (Group B). Neither group knew of the differences in their cigarettes.


  • Appetite and Sleep: 10 out of 11 patients in group A reported an improvement in appetite and sleep, while 4 out of 10 from group B reported the same.
  • Remission: 5 out of 11 patients from group A had complete remission of their symptoms, while 1 out of 10 people in group B reported the same.
  • Side Effects: Patients did not report any side effects relating to confusion, changes in memory or concentration.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Patients did not report any withdrawal symptoms after they stopped using marijuana after the eight weeks study was over.

Overall these findings provide a good insight into the potential benefits the THC within medical marijuana can bring to people suffering with Crohn’s disease. Although it should be stated that although these studies have been undertaken, more research will be needed to officially state the medical benefits of marijuana.

Dr. Patel has many patients that have taken medical marijuana for Crohn’s disease and to also combat similar symptoms detailed by Vanessa. Some patients have seen significant reductions in pain from abdominal cramps. It also helped with their nausea which in turn improved their appetite. A byproduct of these benefits is that patients begin to regain control of their daily lives again. This can lead to a better lifestyle as well as improved mood. Medical marijuana appears to be a good solution for Vanessa given it is one of her last remaining options.

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