Crohn’s Disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease that affects an estimated 500,000 Americans. The disease is caused by an autoimmune disorder where the body cannot tell the difference between normal tissue and foreign substances. This causes the immune system to work in overdrive and leads to Chronic inflammation. For people with Crohn’s, this inflammation occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, causing the walls of their intestines to become thicker than normal. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Crohn’s. However, by staying on top of treatment, the disease is manageable. Symptoms can range depending on the location of the inflammation in the intestinal tract. They can include abdominal pain, pain while passing stool, persistent diarrhea, constipation, general fatigue and drastic weight loss.
Medical Cannabis and Crohn’s
Medical Cannabis can treat a myriad of the symptoms caused by Crohn’s. Sativa dominant strains have been proven to combat muscle spasticity and could help with controlling how often the intestines contract. Indica dominant strains are great for relaxing the body’s muscles and keeping nausea in check. Typically a strain high in THC and CBD is best for treating Crohn’s.