Treating Crohn’s Disease With Marijuana

Can Marijuana Really Achieve Complete Remission of Crohn’s Disease?

A new study suggests using cannabis can cause a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease. This study focused on monitoring the effects of marijuana consumption has on the development of Crohn’s disease.

The full results of this study are published in published in the medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and HepatologyResearchers at Israel’s Meir Medical Center discovered that nearly half of the the people (5 0f 11) who smoked two times per day for eight weeks achieved complete remission, compared to none of the patients who were given the placebo.

Additionally, another five of the test subjects receiving marijuana saw their symptoms cut in half. So, you could say that 10 of the 11 test subjects saw positive results. Furthermore, Cannabis does not have any “significant” side effects compared to the current drugs prescribed to treat Crohn’s.

The symptoms of severe Crohn’s disease are very harsh, making it a nightmare for many patients, who can suffer from debilitating nausea, vomiting, weight loss, fevers & bloody diarrhea.

This study is the first placebo-controlled clinical trial to measure the impact of cannabis consumption on Crohn’s disease. Currently, there is no cure for Crohn’s, the scientific community is working hard to keep the symptoms in check and prevent further progression of the disease. Researchers were hesitant to label the findings a complete success, but they did say the results warrent further research. Hopefully, this is looked at a little more closely moving forward seeing as there seems to be a link between Crohn’s disease remission and marijuana use. Viceland has a great episode of Weediquette that follows around a Crohn’s disease patient that move to Colorado from Illinois to seek legal marijuana treatment.

 Original Story Credit: Marijuana Policy Project | Photo Credit: Cannabinoid Media