Colitis is an inflammatory disease that occurs within the inner lining of the colon. Crohn’s disease can appear anywhere in the digestive tract and often affects all layers of the bowel walls. Its symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramping and pain
- Weight loss and reduced appetite
- Inability to defecate
- Pain due to inflammation
Benefits: The benefit of using cannabis for the treatment of Crohn’s and colitis is that it offers relief from pain associated with cramping and general pain, as well as pain associated with inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties characteristic of cannabis reduce inflammation within the colon as well as the digestive track. This in turn allows the body to more properly digest food and allows for more regular bowl movements.
Patients with Crohn’s can sometimes suffer from “opportunistic” infections. CBD anti bacteria effects can help with the prevention of these infections.
Treatment: Strains high in CBD help reduce severe inflammation and discomfort within the digestive track (4% or higher). Strains containing 30 mg of THC and 15 mg of CBD (2:1 ratio) have shown to be the most beneficial.
Other options include topicals, which can be applied to the abdominal area to decrease pain and intestinal motility. Juicing the raw leaves of cannabis if available allows for the intake of THC-A, reducing the inflammation and symptoms associated with Crohn’s.
For those suffering with severe pain or discomfort, because of potency, concentrates are strong enough to ease pain and discomfort.
Recommended method of intake: Smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, topicals.