Cannabis is helping patients with IBD recover without hospitals

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All-natural cannabis can provide relief for IBD without having to seek medical intervention

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) group a number of chronic inflammatory conditions of the small intestine and colon that may present as remitting or progressive inflammation that does not tend to heal. The good news is that according to different research, IBD patients tend to visit the emergency room less if they start using medical cannabis in their daily routine.

Many specialists today have delved into gut health and the findings have shown that cannabis may have an important relationship with gut health for many people. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is one of the most expressed systems within the human body despite being one of the least studied, especially because of the stigma that still exists around the word cannabis.

A recent study finds that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) not only protects consumers by keeping parasites at bay in their bodies but also prevents individuals from gaining weight despite ingesting fatty contents. These results help to understand why, although cannabinoids generate appetite, they do not cause a person to gain weight. Furthermore, the health of the microbiome can be modified and even improved through plant cannabinoids, including THC and cannabidiol (CBD), as well as through the body’s own endocannabinoids.

Acting on gut mechanisms through the use of cannabis may be an effective strategy in the treatment of numerous gastrointestinal disorders such as IBD. Surveys indicate that patients reported fewer emergency room visits in the 12 months following cannabis use and less impact of symptoms on daily life.

“Medical cannabis users with IBD perceive symptom benefits and report decreased emergency room visits without serious adverse effects,” the authors concluded. “Further studies are needed to confirm these results with objective measures of healthcare utilization and disease activity.”