Yet another disease which can be treated with cannabis.
Cannabis has been proven to help with a variety of medical conditions, from cancer to seizures, the list seems to be ever-growing.
The newest addition to this list is the painful condition inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
IBD is the umbrella term which covers all manner of bowel related diseases such as Chron’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
It is thought that around 3 million people in the U.S suffer from some kind of IBD and regular treatments are often not effective enough to provide the sufferer with any respite.
Chron’s disease is particularly painful, and unfortunately, doctors have as of yet been unable to discover why it strikes some people, and there is no cure.
People with Chron’s are often subjected to a life in and out of hospital, there is no way of predicting when a flare up can happen, and there is little that can be done when it occurs.
A Health Union report noted:
“[It] was not uncommon for patients to see multiple healthcare professionals (HCPs), have numerous office visits, and endure multiple diagnostic tests before receiving a [Crohn’s disease] diagnosis. Results demonstrate an impact on such things as the ability to work or exercise, but also on overall quality of life and social activities. Respondents wished more people understood the disease and its impact.”
Symptoms of Chron’s disease include, and are not limited to:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain and tenderness
- Cramping and bloating
But new evidence has suggested that the marijuana plant has an amazing effect in treating the disease.
The journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology published a study, the first of it’s kind to be conducted which looked into the effects of cannabis against IBD in a controlled setting.
21 Chron’s patients were included in the study, all of whom had had previous unsuccessful treatments for the disease including steroidal therapy, immunomodulators and anti-tumor agents.
The group was split into two and half were given cannabis THC oil for 10 weeks.
The results were as follows:
- Complete remission in 5 of 11 subjects in the cannabis THC group
- Clinical responses in 10 of 11 subjects in the cannabis THC group
e.g., their Crohn’s Disease Activity Index went from >200 to >100
- 3 of 11 subjects in the cannabis THC group were weaned from steroid dependency
- All subjects in the cannabis THC group reported having improved sleeps and appetites (with no significant side effects)
Doctors are still unsure as to why THC oil has such a wonderful effect on the body, they just know it works. It has been suggested that the active ingredient in the cannabis, cannabinoids have ultra-healing properties on the body in many different ways.
Originally Published By: https://theheartysoul.com