Gastrointestinal infections in children can be treated with cannabis

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More parents are turning to cannabis as a remedy for their children’s gastrointestinal issues

A new study investigates using cannabis to relieve stomach related issues. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that 2,195 children die from diarrhea each day and make the comparison of “losing nearly 32 school buses of children each day.” This far outnumber the deaths related to malaria, measles and AIDS.

Cannabis has documented healing properties that can lessen the dangers of gastrointestinal issues, including diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. The study found that cannabis compounds introduced into the intestines of animals “reduced the effectiveness of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, a particularly dangerous gastrointestinal bacteria that infects humans.”

The body’s endocannabinoid system is central to limiting inflammation of the intestines and regulating gut bacteria. These finds “are exciting because they indicate that safe and effective therapies for severe childhood gastrointestinal infections might be designed …to influence the behavior of the three pounds of bacteria that reside in our colon.” The healing properties of cannabis need further study, but the initial results are promising.

The medical community must continue to investigate the effectiveness of cannabis-related treatments for severe stomach problems such as diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome in children. CBD oil has also been used successfully to help lessen the severe symptoms of a wide range of ailments including, epilepsy, anxiety and autism outbursts in children, according to an article in Consumer Reports.

The initial findings of cannabis use in treating stomach and intestinal disorders are quite promising; therefore, studies of the use of cannabis in treating these ailments are incredibly important in the treatment of children.