Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It’s similar to IBS, but unlike IBS, it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth all the way down the tract. Crohn’s Disease is untreatable, and it’s recognized as a qualifying chronic disease for Medical Marijuana in Florida and other states.
Crohn’s Disease Symptoms:
- Severe Abdominal Pain or Cramping due to inflammation in the GI tract
- Diarrhea and Painful Bowel Movements
- Blood in the Stool
- Drainage and/or Pain around the rectum due to inflammation
- Anemia/Low Blood Levels
- Severe Fatigue
- Mouth Sores
- Ulcers of the mouth, genitals, or anus
- Loss of Appetite and Nausea
- Weight Loss, and Malnutrition
- Inflammation of joints, liver and other parts of the body
The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease can become increasingly severe and painful as the inflammation spreads deeper into the bowel tissue, and if left without treatment, the symptoms can become debilitating. Prolonged symptoms can also lead to bowel obstruction, anal fissures/tears, and even colon cancer.
Stress and diet, while not linked to directly causing Crohn’s Disease, play a key factor in controlling and lessening the symptoms of the disease. Smoking and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also make the symptoms worse.
Crohn’s Disease Treatment
Crohn’s Disease requires the attention of a medical profession, and prescribed treatment includes a variety of antibiotic, steroidal anti-inflammatory, and immune suppressant medications. Other, more natural treatments may include iron, B12, calcium, and vitamin D supplements, as well as nutrition therapy that may focus on increasing fiber intake or implementing bowel rest to treat symptoms immediately.
Crohn’s Disease & Medical Marijuana
There have been a number of studies about Crohn’s Disease and Medical Marijuana. While the statistics on biological processes and medical findings are varied, complex, very scientific, and still being researched, the studies have shown consistent data and consensus that Medical Marijuana:
- Significantly relieves Crohn’s Disease symptoms, especially abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and loss of appetite
- Significantly reduces Crohn’s Disease symptoms over time
- Often leads to prolonged remission of symptoms