Crohn’s disease has no cure and its symptoms can be anywhere from mildly unpleasant to debilitating. But even though the disease is incurable, your symptoms can be managed and you can even bring about remission. Medical cannabis is an effective way to treat the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, and carries few of the side effects of traditional medication. For more information on medical cannabis and how you can treat your Crohn’s disease, call Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, in Glen Burnie, Maryland, today or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. The inflammation of Crohn’s disease can affect different areas of the digestive system in different people, and it can penetrate deeper into the tissue of the bowels.
There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease but there are ways to manage your symptoms, and with lifestyle changes and treatment options including medical cannabis, you can even bring about long-term remission.
Crohn’s disease is characterized by inflammation of sections of the digestive tract, so symptoms can vary in nature and severity. Symptoms usually develop gradually and include:
In severe cases, Crohn’s disease can cause inflammation of the eyes, skin, and joints. Sometimes you may experience remission and have no symptoms at all.
If you think you have Crohn’s disease, your doctor will typically want to confirm it with a blood test, colonoscopy or another test. If you test positive for Crohn’s disease, traditional treatments are based on medication, usually involving immune system suppressors. These drugs can be effective, but many people need to take a combination of these drugs as opposed to just one, and the side effects can weaken your immune system.
Anti-inflammatory drugs are also used, especially corticosteroids, often in conjunction with immune suppressors to bring about short-term remission. Lifestyle changes like adopting a nutritional plan can also be effective, and some form of dietary change is a part of most treatment plans.
People who use cannabis to treat their Crohn’s disease often experience substantial relief from their abdominal pain and a less volatile stomach. Cannabis can also effectively boost appetite, helping to prevent unintended weight loss. Cannabis, and especially one of its main chemical components, cannabidiol (CBD), has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
If you are struggling with Crohn’s disease or are interested in how medical cannabis could help you, call the practice today or make an appointment online.