Crohn’s disease can be treated with cannabis

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A new study shows that cannabis oil “significantly” improves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease

A recent study conducted by a gastroenterologist out of Israel, Dr. Timna Naftali, has shown great results for cannabis. Specifically, the study looked at how cannabis oil impacts Crohn’s disease, and the doctor reports that the natural oil “significantly” counters the symptoms associated with the disease.

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that results in severe pain and chronic diarrhea. Those afflicted with it rarely find permanent relief and have to suffer the symptoms throughout their entire life.

According to Naftali, “(S)tudies have shown that many people with Crohn’s disease use cannabis regularly to relieve their symptoms. It has always been thought that this improvement was related to a reduction in inflammation in the gut and the aim of this study was to investigate this.”

Naftali tested patients by administering cannabis oil over an eight-week period. The treatment contained a CBD-to-THC ratio of four-to-one and a remission rate of 65% was seen in the test group.

Surprisingly, the test revealed that cannabis didn’t prove to be effective against gut inflammation. Naftali added, “We have previously demonstrated that cannabis can produce measurable improvements in Crohn’s disease symptoms but, to our surprise, we saw no statistically significant improvements in endoscopic scores or in the inflammatory markers we measured in the cannabis oil group compared with the placebo group. We know that cannabinoids can have profound anti-inflammatory effects but this study indicates that the improvement in symptoms may not be related to these anti-inflammatory properties.”

This was reportedly the first study that looked at cannabis in treating Crohn’s, but it won’t be the last. Naftali asserted, “There are very good grounds to believe that the endocannabinoid system is a potential therapeutic target in Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal diseases. For now, however, we can only consider medicinal cannabis as an alternative or additional intervention that provides temporary symptom relief for some people with Crohn’s disease.”