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Crohn's Disease

If you have, or know someone who suffers from, Crohn's disease, you know that patients with this decision have a defect in the intestines that allows bacteria to leak into the intestinal tissue causing inflammation and pain. It can also lead to a secondary condition known as Ulcerative Colitis, where the tissue can rupture and bleed.

Current medical knowledge suggests that both of these diseases are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, meaning that people with the genetic pre-disposition for these conditions who are then subjected to the environmental triggers - stress, poor diet, bacterial infections - are likely to develop the actual diseases.

So where does cannabis come in?

Recent research done in the UK has shown that two of the compounds found in marijuana, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC, do interact with intestinal function, lending credence to a lot of anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana is an effective treatment for many inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's.

The British researchers found that cannabinoids derived from actual plants (as opposed to synthetics), encourage tighter bonds between the cells that form the barrier in the gut that prevents bacterial leakage. This information is new, though it's long been known that cannabis is an anti-inflammatory, which also helps treat the symptoms of Crohn's disease.

In addition to reducing inflammation and helping to regenerate bowel tissue, medical marijuana also helps ease the cramps associated with intestinal irritation and boosts the appetite. While the appetite stimulation qualities of cannabis are known to be vital for cancer and AIDS patients, they're equally important for patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's whose leaky guts prevent the absorption of essential nutrients.

What kinds of marijuana are best for treating bowel conditions? Most patients recommend Indica strains as they have the strongest muscle relaxing effects. Specific strains used to treat these conditions include Auntie Em, Blue Fruit, and Dynamite.

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Guest | Oct 20, 2013
 
Question, how long does it take? I'm taking 10mgs of Indica oil twice every 24 hours...I haven't seen a major improvement, although I am not worse. It's only been 3 days.
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Guest | Jun 7, 2013
 
MY BROTHERS been suffering from it for a few months. hearing this and that from doctors taking 8 pills a day.... he needs help.. please help this stuff he says he tired and feel the effects. and cant sleep lose of appetite I'ved suggested medical weed but not sure if he ill try. get well bro!!
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Guest | Mar 25, 2013
 
Hello, I was diagnosed with CD in 1996 when I was 12. I am now almost thirty and have had some major flares with my CD over the years. I have tried most all prescription steroids and chemo meds to try and treat this horrible disease. Nothing has worked as far as what the doctors have given me and only made my flares and symptoms worse. I have been smoiking cannibas for almost 7 years now and I have only had a possible three small flares (due to what i have eaten I am sure of it). I know that cannabis is what keeps my CD undercontrol and managable. The times I have had to avoid cannabis as made my CD flare out of control. I live in a non tolerant state at the moment so it is illegal, so goes my reasoning for having to avoid it occasionally. I am in the process of relocating to a state where cannabis is legal and I can return myself back to good (well, as good as CD allows you to be) health again. I have avoided cannabis now for almost 7 days and I have had no appetiate for seven days. I have now lost almost 9 lbs, which may not seem like alot but when you only weigh 112 to start with it doesn't leave much room for loss. I even have family members who notice how sick I become when I dont have access to cannabis. Cannabis has been a life saver for me and my family. I can live a pretty normal life when I do use cannabis and with out it I have no energy, always running to the bathroom and just feel miserable. I wish that people, the government, would understand how helpful this herbal treatment is for those who suffer from this condition. I know that most people, even some in my family, think that it is just a drug and should not be used, but it is a natural herb that is not full of chemicals that cause damages to other parts of your body like those stupid pills they give you. I wish that those people knew how diblitating this condition can be (not being able to leave your house, not being able to eat, not having energy to play with your children, malnutriion, dehydration, intense pain, etc.) and how much cannabis actually helps individuals regain a normal life. I never knew though that there were certain types of cannabis that can be more helpful than others. I have found this site very helpful and will continue to check back in to gain more knowledge on how I can help myself and my condition.
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Guest | Mar 10, 2013
 
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Guest | Feb 24, 2013
 
I was diagnosed with crohn's disease when i was 13 back in 2004, it was around this time when i started smoking cannabis with friends, not as a treatment but just as something to do. When diagnosed i was put onto a modulin (food supplement) diet to rest my bowel for 6 weeks, however being a young adult i was not mature enough to understand the importants of this treatment. I was then put onto steroids and after that an older form of chemo, both aggressive drugs that effect the efficiency of other organs, also your body can also become reliant on these drugs which is very dangerous. i am now 22 and stopped taking all forms of pharmaceutical drugs when i was 16. I have the odd flare up every now and then but normally because there has been something in my diet that there should't have been, which is also massively important (not just for people with inflamotory bowel deseases) but other than that my symptoms are next to none. I can lead a normal life and not be held back by this truly grimm desease followed by its painful and nerve racking symptoms, i owe all of this to, a healthy diet and most importantly... cannsbis. I have not been on any legally prescribed pharmaceutical drugs for six years now and my need for these drugs now is just as low as when i stopped taking them when i was 16 and diagnosed as in a state of clinical remission. I live in Brighton England and there is absolutely no form of medical cannabis in the whole country. As for strains of cannabis i don't really know much about them as you don't ever really know what for sure what strain your buying so i tend to try and smoke the strongest stuff i can find. It really has brought me a better quality of life, truly a miracal plant, i would advise anyone suffering from Chrohn's to stop taking man made drugs made by the money hungry pharmaceutical industry and start medicating naturally. There is also a huge range of ways of medicating using cannabis besides smoking it.
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Guest | Feb 18, 2013
 
California is the best state for medical cannabis. If CA is expensive, New Jersey, Washington & Colorado would be other good options.
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Guest | Jul 4, 2012
 
I have had Crohn's Disease since 1978 (I was diagnosed at 14) and have only recently become interested in medical cannabis as a treatment option. In addition to the standard Crohn's medications that others have mentioned, I've also been on a pain management regimen, including opioid analgesics, since 2000. While this allows to function and be productive, I'd like to have the option to try cannabis, especially since it appears to help ameliorate the actually underlying disease process in addition to relieving symptoms. Since my job (I'm an engineer with a technical services company) is fairly mobile, I'm considering moving to a state with more rational medical cannabis laws. What would you recommend as the best states for medical cannabis?
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Guest | Jul 1, 2012
 
As a recently-diagnosed Crohn's patient with what appears to be the start of a family history of Crohn's (my sister was diagnosed a year and a half before I was), I must say that MMJ has been a huge help. After being diagnosed, I've spent time taking high doses of steroids (prednisone), heavy antibiotics (metronidazole) and even a chemo drug (methotrexate - also used in high doses as an abortion medicine [fun fact]). I must say, the best I've felt is almost definitely when I've topped off my prescribed regimen (which doesn't come close to making me feel how I used to) with cannabis. Skeptics reading this, believe what the other commenters and I have said. The government is lying to you, this is the truth.
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Guest | Jun 11, 2012
 
i have had crohn's disease since 2000. i was all the way clean at the time and then in 2005 after a few final battles, i put the needle down and cigarettes as well. this helped my crohn's disease although no matter what drug i took or was put on, nothing provides the relief from symptoms of nausea, pain, anxiety etc. more than cannabis sativa. the thc and cbd's are a benefit to an often times miserable condition. not only has it allowed me to cut way down on opiate pain killers and benzodiazepine pills for anxiety, it takes away all cravings to do things that are self destructive for me. this in turn also helps crohn's conditions. the fact that the united states government and their facist drug war and drug task force is putting the screws to medical cannabis and other hollistic herbs is complete insanity. i would be dead if it weren't for this plant. or, my crohn's symptoms would be so bad i would almost want to choose death over a lifetime of suffering. the dea, all government entities for that matter need to leave plants to the human race to utilize for biological, psychological, social and spiritual health. cheers.
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Guest | May 19, 2012
 
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Guest | May 19, 2012
 
I have crohn's that came from severe and life-long PTSD. The MJ curtails the auto-immune response, and helps with the pychological trauma. Plus, I have dyslexia, which is also helped a great deal by MJ; some strains more so than others. But, living in Indiana, it is all illegal; the state would rather I (& others) suffer and die. I have lost nearly everything, so was thinking that as a last resort to smoke one at the Indiana General Assembly; to make a big enough stink to force the issue. Going to jail would be nice at that point; otherwise could remain silent (as always) and fade on out....
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Guest | Mar 6, 2012
 
I had a ruptured intestine in 1971. This led to a colostomy and constant pain. At first I did not think of the medical benefits of MJ however, when I got high (the term used in the 60-70) I watched my intestine completely relax and my pain subside. My friends freaked out watching this. Actually, so did I at first. The thought of holding your intestine in your hand and actually seeing it relax was an experience, and wierd to say the least. So here I am,64 (the bag is gone) but I continue to suffer from Crohn's and lower back pain. I can't take anti-inflamatory meds (they me bleed). So, I medicate with good indica and immediatly feel relief, both physically and mentally. Thank God for his natural gift. True story. Peace.
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Guest | Dec 2, 2011
 
I HAVE HAD IT SINCE 1995 AND IF EATEN THE RELIEF IS BETTER FOR ME. I DONT MIND THE SMOKING IF I CAN FIND A SATIVA OR COMBO STRAIN THAT DOESNT MAKE ME A COUCH POTATO
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Guest | Sep 4, 2011
 
I am extremely happy MJ can help so many individuals when they are most uncomfortable. My mother had cancer and past away in 1999 and since her cancer spread to her back she had to take many pain pills that left her nauseaed most of the time. Smoking a little bit of MJ throughout the day would not only relax her but helped her gain an appetite. I am grateful for MJ for making her last days as comfortable as possible.
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lindzzz | Aug 20, 2011
 
Crohn's is an awful and debilitating illness. It is good that people can find comfort from nausea and pain with the use of cannabis. Anything that can make people feel more comfortable or be able to eat is a good substance.
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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011
 
My aunt suffers from this dreaded problem, if it wasn't for her MMJ I really don't know what would happen. The pills the doctors wanted her to take didn't work, she just spent so much time in the hospital, then she tried marijuana and wow the effects really turned her around. She makes sure that she has her smoke three times a day and she is good to go.
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Guest | Apr 27, 2011
 
I was diagnosed with crohns last year and have been in and out of the hospital getting treated,but the one thing that works best for me is good old Mary Jane. In the mornings I wake up to nausea and loss of appetite, but one or two tokes of my bowl and the nausea goes away and within 30 mins or so I'm able to eat. I don't know How I would manage without it.