What is Digestive Disorders?
Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis are three common inflammatory digestive disorders that are known to cause pain and discomfort for patients. All three bring on similar symptoms including pain, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, and lack of appetite.
How can marijuana help?
Marijuana is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Selecting a cannabis strain with a robust cannabinoid profile will maximize the anti-inflammatory effects. Patients with inflammatory digestive disorders should choose a strain that will effectively activate the CB2 receptors in the digestive system, which will reduce inflammation. For those who want to combat fatigue, a strain that does not have any sedative effects, such as a sativa, is recommended. In a study published by O’Shaughnessy’s titled, Cannabis Alleviates Symptoms Of Crohn’s Disease, Crohn’s disease patients reported seeing a drastic improvement after medicating with marijuana. “For all signs and symptoms evaluated in the study, the patients described marked improvements with the use of cannabis. Beneficial effects were reported for appetite, pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, activity, and depression. Patients also reported that cannabis use resulted in weight gain, fewer stools per day and fewer flare-ups of less severity.” “Cannabis-using Crohn’s patients not only report significant relief of their symptoms, they are also able to reduce the amount of immunosuppressive medications that have been a mainstay of conventional treatment.”