Medicinal Marijuana as a Treatment for IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease


While IBD is not currently considered an approved condition for medical marijuana, scientific evidence suggests that marijuana can help those living with IBD.

Marijuana can help reduce inflammation associated with the disorder, as well as oxidative stress that contributes to symptoms in IBD.

As the name suggests, chronic inflammation of the bowels is a major factor in IBD.

Marijuana has anti-inflammatory effects that appear to help those living with IBD.

While other drugs, like steroids, can reduce inflammation in the bowels, they also have more significant side effects and can cause dependence.

Marijuana is advantageous over these drugs as it does not cause dependence, and carries beneficial side effects such as increased appetite.

Many patients with IBD use antioxidants to help lower oxidative stress in the gastrointestinal tract. Oxidative stress is a significant factor that contributes to gastrointestinal damage of patients with IBD.

It is one of the causes of IBD symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, and toxic megacolon.

Marijuana contains cannabinoids that have antioxidant effects, such as THC and CBD. These cannabinoids may be beneficial in lowering oxidative stress in the bowels and reducing damage to the gastrointestinal tract.

Current evidence suggests that marijuana has a role in reducing inflammation in IBD, and can also help treat other symptoms.

Marijuana has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects that are beneficial for IBD.

Studies have shown that marijuana may be beneficial for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Many people with IBD use marijuana to help treat their symptoms, indicating that marijuana may be helpful for the disease.

Future research will reveal more about the benefits of marijuana for IBD patients.

Read more about marijuana and IBS at: Leafly

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