Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are painful, chronic conditions that can ruin someone’s quality of life, even when they aren’t acting up. When they are, these conditions can leave one writhing in pain, unable to function. Treatments for these conditions have been limited until recently, as they have now been included in some states as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
What are the conditions of Crohn’s Disease
Ulcerative Colitis belongs to the same family of disorders, known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBS, but only affects the innermost layer of the colon. Symptoms are the same as Crohn’s but also include fever, decreased appetite, fatigue, unhealthy weight loss, and amenorrhea in women.
How does cannabis help?
More recently, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America issued a statement in 2012 saying that the compounds found in the marijuana plant have been shown to play an important part in decreasing gastrointestinal inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids are well established, but it turns out that IBS patients have more receptors for these compounds in their colon and intestines that those without the condition, meaning that for them, the relief is even more profound.
Other researchers agree
Researchers at the Sire Manchester Hospital in England also published a study reporting that medical marijuana decreased pain and diarrhea in IBS patients.
Strains to try
- Sour Grap : An indica to help lift spirits and decrease depression
- Bubblegum: An indica with up to 20% CBD for pain relief, anxiety relief, and decreased fatigue
- American Beauty: A sativa for all-day pain relief and freedom from depression
- Sour Diesel: A family member of mine with Crohn’s personally recommends this strain, which is an invigorating sativa that banishes stress, pain, and depression for ling lasting relief while leaving them energized and able to accomplish day-to-day tasks
There are many more strains available, and by talking to your dispensary budtender, or looking up desired effects and strain types on websites like Leafly, you can find the right combination for you. The image above lists strains that Leafly recommends for gastrointestinal disorder.
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