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What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease is known to be an inflammatory bowel disease. This disease leads to chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and numerous life-altering symptoms. Fortunately, Crohn’s Disease has been added to the list of qualifying conditions for Medical Marijuana in Florida, with hundreds of patients experiencing symptom relief through medical cannabis.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease can include, but are not limited to:
- Sores in Mouth
- Limited Appetite
- Blood in stool
- Inflammation of the liver
- Inflammation of bile ducts
- Inflammation of skin, eyes, or joints
- Stunted growth in children
Will Marijuana Help Crohn’s Disease?
Patients treating Crohn’s Disease with medical marijuana have reported significant improvements and decreases in symptoms. Patients have experienced less discomfort as cannabis acts as a potential pain reliever. Cannabis has also been shown to alleviate the symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, and even bloating. Furthermore, patients with Crohn’s Disease have reported an increase in appetite.
The endocannabinoid system, which contains cannabinoids, their receptors, and metabolic enzymes, has the ability to impact the microbiome, immune cells, and functional epithelium of the gut’s microbiome. This interaction leads to a decrease in inflammation within the gastrointestinal system. Throughout numerous studies, medical cannabis has been shown to have tremendous potential benefit and relief on the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
Side Effects of Cannabis for Crohn’s Disease
Side effects of marijuana use can include changes in:
- Reaction Time