Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome and Medical Cannabis
New studies have discovered that medical cannabis can be particularly effective in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic disorder of the GI tract that is characterized by inflammation and irritation of the lining and tissues of a person’s gastrointestinal system. IBD is often seen in patients who are also affected with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Some of the symptoms of IBD are fatigue, explosive diarrhea, and involuntary weight loss. Ulcerative colitis is a subset of IBD and refers to inflammation and sores that appear in the large intestine and rectum. Crohn’s disease refers to inflammation of the deep tissues of a person’s GI tract.
Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD is a very serious illness that strikes people with a range of severity and frequency. It can even lead to death in some cases. When in the “active” phase, symptoms of IBD are acute, but many IBD sufferers experience relief when the disease subsides into a dormant phase.
Along with chronic inflammation of the GI tract, IBD can also cause stomach cramps, vomiting, and nausea due to the damage being caused to the digestive system. Some IBD sufferers may also see bright or darker-colored blood after passing a bowel movement. Because IBD regularly causes individuals to suffer appetite loss and digestion problems, many people also suffer from malnutrition and an involuntary drop in their weight.
Although both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis produce similar symptoms to IBD, only a trained medical professional can accurately diagnose a case of it. Thanks to recent breakthroughs, IBD sufferers can avail themselves of a wide range of treatments to reduce their symptoms and pain. Following a guided plan of treatment, committed healthcare professionals can tailor a program to help IBD sufferers return to abundant health and a greater sense of well-being.
Medical Cannabis as Part of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment Plan
Medical researchers have conclusively demonstrated that medical cannabis can be extremely effective in treating GI disorders. In 2011, researchers performed a study on 30 patients suffering from Crohn’s disease and discovered that the use of medical cannabis led to a significant drop in the amount of pain and discomfort experienced by sufferers. Patients using medical cannabis were successfully able to reduce the amount of other medications that they were taking as well.
CITIVA’s medical team has seen many sufferers of Crohn’s disease and IBD see significant pain reduction when using medical cannabis. In the past few years, the number of IBD cases has risen dramatically. CITIVA believes that patients who are suffering from GI disorders can greatly benefit from the new line of medical cannabis products we are developing, and that one day soon cannabis-based therapies will become part of the standard treatment for these conditions.