Crohn’s Disease: Can Medical Marijuana Help?

Crohn’s disease causes a variety of digestive symptoms, ranging from abdominal pain and cramping to fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea. While doctors don’t completely understand the cause of this chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease, there are ways to find relief. 

At Murphy Medical Associates, our team provides chronic disease management for several conditions, including Crohn’s disease. We also offer medical marijuana as a more natural treatment for several health issues. 

Here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana and Crohn’s disease.

Why use medical marijuana

Medical marijuana — or cannabis — contains hundreds of medicinal chemicals, including more than 70 active compounds known as cannabinoids. These powerful substances have several therapeutic benefits. 

Not only can they alleviate nausea and chronic pain, but they can also ease inflammation. Inflammation is the primary cause of Crohn’s disease symptoms. 

When you have Crohn’s disease, any part of your small or large intestine becomes inflamed, and the inflammation can penetrate deep layers of the bowel. Symptoms from Crohn’s inflammation can be mild or severe and lead to painful, debilitating, and sometimes even life-threatening complications.

Unfortunately, there’s only limited research proving that medical marijuana can help people with Crohn’s disease. However, a few studies show several benefits worth exploring. For example, it could improve your appetite or reduce your pain, but you may not have reduced gut inflammation.

How medical marijuana works

Your body contains a complex cell-signaling network, known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates numerous bodily functions and processes, including your:

This system is active in your body all the time, whether you use cannabis or not. However, scientists believe that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana directly interact with your ECS, helping to regulate all of these processes. 

Medical marijuana comes in several formulas and forms, including smoking or vaporizing, or in edible, spray, or capsule options.

Benefits of medical marijuana

Although we lack definitive proof that medical marijuana can help with Crohn’s disease, our team recommends this therapy on a case-by-case basis, depending on your condition and symptoms. 

Because of how cannabinoids interact with your ECS, research suggests numerous benefits, especially for:

Since several of these symptoms are seen with Crohn’s disease, it could be an option. However, everyone is different and may not see the same results.

To learn more about medical marijuana and your treatment options for Crohn’s disease, schedule a consultation today. Just contact one of our offices in Greenwich, Stamford, or Stratford, Connecticut, by calling or booking online today.

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