Medical Marijuana For Crohn's Disease In Alabama
Can Cannabis Help Crohn’s Disease Symptoms?
The imminent arrival of medical marijuana in Alabama means potential relief for patients with a wide range of qualifying conditions who will soon be able to get an Alabama Marijuana Card.
One of those conditions is Crohn’s disease, and if you suffer from Crohn’s and it hasn’t responded to more traditional treatments, you may be wondering if medical marijuana is a possible treatment option for you.
While only you and a qualified marijuana doctor can make that decision, we’ve put this quick resource together to help you get started.
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What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any segment of the gastrointestinal tract, but it often affects the deeper areas of the bowels.
In the past it was theorized that the condition is caused by stress and diet, but researchers have now concluded that those factors can aggravate Crohn’s but don’t cause it. Currently, scientists believe the likeliest suspects in causing the condition are hereditary factors and immune system disorders that cause the body to attack the digestive system and not just the illnesses affecting the system.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Symptoms can be mild to severe, and can include diarrhea, fever, fatigue, abdominal pain and cramping, blood in stool, and diminished appetite and weight loss. In severe cases, patients may also endure inflammation of the joints, skin, or liver. Patients also experience times or remission, when the symptoms are less pronounced or even inactive.
Treating Crohn’s Disease
While Crohn’s disease can be managed and the symptoms minimized, patient tolerance for the typical treatments, anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppressants, can vary. Furthermore, anti-inflammatories are not an effective long-term treatment and immunosuppressants have limited efficacy and can have adverse side effects.
Given the shortcomings of the traditional treatment options, and the promising nature of research into medical marijuana as a treatment, it’s no wonder that more and more Crohn’s patients are seeking, and finding, relief through medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana and Crohn’s Disease
Research into cannabis as a treatment for Crohn’s has found mixed results for the use of CBD and more promising findings for the use of medical marijuana.
Researchers have found that patients who treat their Crohn’s with CBD show improved quality of life, even though the medication doesn’t seem to lessen the inflammation that causes Crohn’s symptoms.
Medical Marijuana May be Superior to CBD for Crohn’s Disease
The findings have been more positive for medical marijuana. The research shows that patients using this treatment option were five times as likely to be in remission as patients who used a placebo. Furthermore, marijuana has shown anti-inflammatory properties.
Taking THC and CBD Together for Crohn’s Disease
While ample research has indicated that both CBD and THC can be effective treatments on their own for a number of conditions, studies have also shown that taking them together along with other chemical substances found in the cannabis plant is more effective than taking either one individually. Thus medical marijuana, which contains both CBD and THC, may be the most effective cannabis-based treatment for Crohn’s disease.
So is Medical Marijuana Right for Me?
We can’t answer that question for you. Instead, only you and a qualified marijuana doctor can make that determination.
What we can do for you is help you connect with a qualified and compassionate doctor. If your Crohn’s disease has not responded well to more traditional treatments, why not consult with one of our doctors to see if medical marijuana is a viable treatment for you?
Reserve an evaluation today, and we’ll set you up with an appointment with one of our doctors just as soon as Alabama’s medical marijuana market is up and running. You’ll also save $25 on the cost of your appointment!
You’ll see one of our doctors virtually via your computer or tablet from the safety and convenience of your own home. Together, you can decide if medical marijuana is a treatment you should pursue to find the relief you’ve been seeking.