Medical Marijuana for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IDB), leads to the inflammation of the digestive tract. Some of our patients at Advanced Pain Management in Gainesville have inflammation that spreads deep into the layers of the bowel tissue, hence it could be quite debilitating and painful.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Crohn’s disease affects three million adults above the age of 45 in the United States. People with IBD may also experience health complications and chronic conditions linked to kidney, or liver issues, respiratory disease, or cardiovascular disease. 

Our pain doctors at Gainesville Advanced Pain Medical Center have years of experience in treating the source of their patients’ pain. If you suspect that you have Crohn’s disease, don’t hesitate to visit our clinic.

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Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease affect patients differently. Some may experience mild symptoms that gradually develop, while other people’s symptoms may be intense and abrupt-onset. 

Among the common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are: 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in the stool
  • Pain around the anus
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and body pain
  • Lack of appetite

Often, doctors prescribe medications like aminosalicylates, ciprofloxacin, or steroids to reduce and control the inflammation. However, recent studies have shown that cannabis, or medical marijuana can also be an effective treatment option. 

How Medical Marijuana Helps with Crohn’s Disease

Since the 1990s, anecdotal reports in the medical community suggested that cannabis has been used to manage IBD symptoms more than hundreds of years ago.

A study presented at the United European Gastroenterology in Vienna in 2018 has shown that medical marijuana may bring anti-inflammatory benefits that could curb symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Participants at a clinical trial reported a 65% remission of their condition following eight weeks of cannabis treatment. 

Meanwhile, patients using medical marijuana in a Canadian clinical trial attested that they have experienced a significant reduction of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal cramping – 76.8%
  • Abdominal pain – 83.9%
  • Diarrhea – 28.6%
  • Joint pain – 48.2%

A more recent study, published in the journal called Digestive Diseases and Sciences, looked into a large-scale database of 615 cannabis and non-cannabis users with Crohn’s disease. The experts learned that cannabis users were less likely to develop abdominal abscess, or require a blood transfusion, or a colectomy. Thus, the experts concluded that medical marijuana may help mitigate a lot of the complications associated with Crohn’s disease. 

Before deciding to use cannabis, consult your doctor for better guidance, education, and information and continue with your current treatment plan, unless advised otherwise by the physician. However, pregnant women suffering from Crohn’s disease must avoid medical marijuana altogether as it could be risky to the fetus. 
About Advanced Pain Medical Center – Pain Management, Gainesville

Advanced Pain Medical Center is a pain clinic that offers services, such as innovative medical marijuana solutions, pain management and regenerative medicine. If you suffer from pain, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or another chronic disease, schedule an appointment with our pain doctor in Gainesville today!

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