Medical Marijuana for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes painful inflammation of the digestive tract lining.  About 700,000 people are affected by Crohn’s disease in the United States, with a small proportion of individuals facing life-threatening complications.  Because there is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, treatment options aim to alleviate symptoms and produce long-term remission.  Chemotherapy is occasionally used to treat severe cases of Crohn’s disease with the goal of bringing about a remission period.

Crohn’s Disease Symptoms Include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Bloody stool
  • Ulcers/Mouth sores
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Joint, skin, and eye inflammation

Treating Crohn’s Disease with Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana has the potential to relieve a number of negative symptoms of Crohn’s disease, as well as control the negative side effects of chemotherapy treatments.  THC and CBD, the main active ingredients found in marijuana, can help to decrease inflammation, reduce abdominal pain, stimulate appetite, and control feelings of nausea/vomiting.