IBD & Crohn’s

Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss and fever. Two-thirds to three-quarters of patients with Crohn’s disease will require surgery at some point during their lives. Medical cannabis can offer relief to patients who do not respond or are resistant to conventional IBD treatment.

How Cannabis may help IBD & Crohn’s:

  • Cannabis therapy has shown to help with inflammation. Inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, cause many of their symptoms through chronic inflammation of the bowel. Cannabis may reduce this and may provide greatly reduced pain while improving quality of life.

  • Unlike most opioid pain relievers, cannabis does not cause constipation.

  • THC may reduce intestinal contractions and therefore help with cramping.

  • The body’s endocannabinoid system is involved with the regulation of the gastrointestinal tract. CBD and THC, the primary therapeutic chemicals in cannabis, are also cannabinoids. Introduction of these phytocannabinoids may help regulate the dysfunction these disorders cause in the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Cannabis has anti-secretory effects; it may decrease intestinal motility and the frequency of loose stools or diarrhea.

  • THC may act as a potent appetite stimulant, which can be helpful for patients who are experiencing nausea and associated unintended weight loss due to their symptoms.


Endocannabinoids in the Gut

The gastrointestinal tract - a central organ of cannabinoid signaling in health and disease