Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)? This term relates to the chronic inflammation of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and it involves a group of disorders. While it’s still not clear what causes these conditions, most experts believe that they are associated with the autoimmune system and immune responses. Recent research indicates that gut bacteria have an influence on autoimmune reactions.
Inflammatory bowel disease can be quite disruptive and painful. In addition to making you weak, it can lead to serious health problems and complications. That’s why it should be treated promptly. If you prefer alternative treatment options, we can help.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. The former affects the whole lower gastrointestinal tract along with the digestive tract wall, and it tends to spread deep into tissues. Ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, is a condition that can cause ulcers (sores) in the colon and rectal lining. It regularly goes hand in hand with long-lasting inflammation.
IBD symptoms vary greatly in terms of frequency, depending on the location and severity of inflammation. Whether you have severe or mild symptoms, your illness is likely to be characterized by relapse and remission periods. Patients with IBD experience the following symptoms:
Apart from these symptoms, people diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis experience various side effects like bone marrow problems, acne, swelling, weight gain, as well as irritation of the pancreas or liver. Fortunately, most of these things can be reduced or eliminated by replacing IBD medications with our treatment options.
The influence of medical cannabis on IBD symptoms is linked to cannabinoid receptors. Those receptors are located throughout the enteric nervous system. Our treatments help patients reduce inflammation and manage pain that can become unbearable during IBD flare-ups.
Most patients prefer routes of administration by inhalation (via smoke or vapor), as it provides them with the most effective management of their symptoms. Research shows that patients with Crohn’s Disease can lower their CDAI score by inhaling cannabis on a regular basis.
What about oral routes of administration? Unfortunately, there are not many studies showing how cannabis impact GI tract and IBD symptoms when consumed orally. However, some IBD patients find that orally ingested cannabis provides long-lasting pain relief. If you have recently been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, keep in mind that you are not alone. IBD affects about 1 in 250 Australians between the ages of 5 and 40. Roughly 75,000 people in Australia suffer from ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
When used properly, medical cannabis can make it easier to manage this disease. At Medical Cannabis Services, we can help you choose a method of consumption and treatment plan that works best for you.