Crohn’s and Gastrointestinal Disorders and Cannabis’s Positive Effects and Scientific Journal Supporting Info

Simon Lal, MD, PhD, Gastroenterologist at Spire Manchester Hospital and Spire Manchester Clinic Hale (England), et al. stated the following in their Oct. 23, 2011European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatologyarticle, “Cannabis Use amongst Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease”:
“Patients with UC [ulcerative colitis], in particular, reported using cannabis to improve diarrhoeal symptoms, and, again, this perceived benefit has received mechanistic support from studies that suggest that cannabinoids inhibit intestinal secretory responses… It is equally plausible to speculate that patients perceived benefit from using cannabis to reduce pain and/or diarrhoea because the drug has a direct anti-inflammatory effect on intestinal tissue… As in other diseases, a significant proportion of both UC and CD patients reported using cannabis to enhance appetite, and the drug’s orexigenic properties are well-recognized, with many individuals commonly reporting appetite stimulation or ‘the munchies’ after use.”

Oct. 23, 2011 – Click Here for Source Info

Timna Naftali, MD, Specialist in Gastroenterology at Meir Hospital and Kupat Holim Clinic (Israel), et al., stated the following in their Aug. 2011 Israel Medical Association Journal article titled “Treatment of Crohn’s Disease with Cannabis: An Observational Study”:

“Of the 30 patients [with Crohn’s Disease] 21 improved significantly after treatment with cannabis…

The mean number of bowel movements decreased from eight to five a day and the need for other drugs was significantly reduced… the number of patients requiring steroid treatment was reduced from 26 to 4. Fifteen of the patients had 19 surgeries during an average period of 9 years before cannabis use, but only 2 required surgery during an average period of 3 years of cannabis use…

The observed beneficial effect in this study may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, but additional effects of cannabinoids may also play a role. Cannabinoids influence gastrointestinal motility and, in particular, have an anti-diarrheal effect…”

Aug. 2011 – Click Here for source info

Bruce Buckner, a Crohn’s disease patient, wrote the following in the article “Crohn’s Disease” (accessed Mar. 1, 2013), available at rxmarijuana.com:
“I have several relatives with Crohn’s Disease. Every one of them has had major surgery. Every one of them has had complications from the steroids and immune suppressors they have been prescribed… I am firmly convinced that I would be in the same condition as my relatives with Crohn’s, if I hadn’t used pot. The medical use of marijuana has saved my colon and my quality of life.”

Mar. 1, 2013 – Click Here for Source Info

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