Can Medical Marijuana Help With Crohn’s Disease?
There is some uncertainty about whether medical marijuana is an actual cure for Crohn’s Disease; however, it’s difficult to argue the many benefits it provides those who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Some of the symptoms, including abdominal cramping, reduced appetite, and diarrhea are relieved for many patients who incorporate medical marijuana into their regimen.
Understanding Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease is defined as an inflammatory bowel disease that wreaks havoc on the digestive tract. It can cause painful inflammation anywhere in the digestive tract. It’s estimated that as many as 700,000 Americans have this disease. The pain can be crippling, and the side effects of the medications currently available can be brutal as well, sometimes resulting in rectal bleeding and severe diarrhea. Heredity plays a role, but family history is not necessarily part of the diagnosis. It can affect the digestive tract in the small bowel, the colon, and the deep layers of bowel tissue. Its location determines the degree of pain patients experience, though regardless of where it attacks, it can be excruciatingly painful.
We Can Help!
Many of our clients at Serenity Medical Online report their medical cannabis program has eliminated the side effects that are part of a Crohn’s diagnosis. For many, they have been able to forego the opioids prescribed by their physicians to deal with the pain. This is a remarkable testimony for medical marijuana, and with a growing number of states legalizing cannabis in some form, there is a good chance if you’re suffering from this disorder, you might have access to a treatment that you hadn’t considered before.
In fact, many researchers note the challenges of treating these types of diseases with the drugs currently available. In 2014, a study published by the National Institute of Health cited, “available therapies are mostly limited to overcoming the symptoms, but not the cause of the disease.” The findings include a reference to medical marijuana, “A significant number of patients with IBD currently use marijuana. Most patients find it very helpful for symptom control, including patients with ulcerative colitis.”
The findings were promising and some tout marijuana as something more than a pain reliever. Some even believe it is a cure for Chron’s Disease.
Medical Marijuana as a Better Option Than Painkillers
The reality is that as the opioid crisis continues to bear down on our society, more people are turning to safer alternatives, ones that won’t lead to overwhelming addiction and won’t require a major financial burden in order to maintain a supply of painkillers that can handle the challenges of Crohn’s Disease.
Of course, marijuana is not a recent discovery and in fact, it has been used for centuries to help ease all that ails the human body. The growing number of areas where it is legal to consume continues to widen and that’s good news for those looking for a safer and more natural solution to their condition.
Unfortunately, the use of marijuana for medical purposes is illegal according to federal laws. It is still deemed a Schedule I drug, along with cocaine, heroin and other similar addictive drugs.
As it stands, in both California and New York, medical marijuana is an approved treatment for Crohn’s Disease. A few of the benefits we have seen include:
- Substantial reduction of inflammation
- Substantial reduction of cramping
- Elimination of low-grade fevers that sometimes are part of a Crohn’s diagnosis
- Fewer relapses
- Long-term remission
- Improved energy levels
Since 2008, we have helped those suffering from Crohn’s Disease and other ailments secure the necessary approvals for medical marijuana. We can help you too. We use a HIPAA approved Telehealth portal that is safe and secure and allows you to move through the process so that you can get back to living your life – pain-free and with nothing to slow you down.
Did you know that along with Crohn’s Disease, medical marijuana may help ease the pain and discomfort associated with any number of disorders and diseases, including chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, HIV, autism, and glaucoma, just to name a few?
The days where opioids were the only option many felt they had are over. Today, a safer, milder and more affordable solution is making life far better for countless Americans. Contact us today to learn more about your options.