Its a painful disease with no cure.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is characterized by inflammation and can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but most commonly the small intestine.
Medications are often prescribed with the aim to control the inflammation. These commonly include antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, aminosalicylates (a type of anti-inflammatory drug), steroids, immune modifiers, or biologic therapies,” Naftali told Healthline.
In the first of its kind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, researchers found that cannabis produced clinical remission in more than half of patients after eight weeks of treatment.
Researchers recruited 46 people experiencing moderately severe Crohn’s disease for the study.
Gut inflammation was checked using an endoscope and by checking markers of inflammation present in blood and stool samples.
Some received a placebo while others were given cannabis oil containing 15 percent cannabidiol and 4 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both are naturally occurring substances in cannabis oil.
After two months, researchers said the participants given cannabis oil experienced a significant improvement in their Crohn’s disease symptoms and quality of life.
About 65 percent of the cannabis oil group strictly met the criteria for a full remission of symptoms.
The conventional treatments used to relieve Crohn’s symptoms include antibiotics and corticosteroids.
Possible side effects which include susceptibility for infection, allergic response, and rarely, autoimmune disease and even lymphoma (cancer of the lymph system). Recent research suggests that cannabis oil has a much better safety profile and no serious side effects compared to other drugs used to treat this condition. - 45 minutes ago