Although two different conditions, both affect the bowel: Chron's causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, and ulcerative colitis refers to inflammation of the inner lining of the large bowel. Collectively, these conditions are known as irritable. bowel disorder.
When treated with medication and diet/lifestyle changes, people living with IBD can live relatively normal lives.
Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis can manifest in a range of ways, including:
Factors that may increase your risk of developing Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis:
Some sufferers of IBDs like Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are using medicinal cannabis to relieve symptoms as cannabinoids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. A recent study assessed gut inflammation after IBD patients were treated with cannabis. Results found that 65% of the participants met “strict criteria for clinical remission” of Crohn's disease.
Cannabis also resulted in an improvement in the patient's overall quality of life, with participants reporting that after cannabis treatment their sleep and appetite both saw positive changes.
Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis sufferers include:
They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.
If you or a loved one are suffering from Crohn’s Disease/Colitis and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.