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Cannabis To The Rescue Again! This Time It’s Crohn’s Disease
This study was conducted by the scientists at Meir Medical Center in Israel who wanted to look at the effects of cannabis on subjects who suffered severe Crohn’s disease. The researchers wondered if the drug’s anti-inflammatory compounds, which have been proven to be effective for other ailments including MS and arthritis.
Although researchers had heard that marijuana had been reported on social media as being beneficial for those with inflammatory bowel disease, there had been no previous studies in this area. This study involved 21 people who had severe Crohn’s disease that did not respond well to other medications. For this study, 11 of the subjects smoked two blunts each day during the 8-week study period. The other 10 subjects were the control group.
Of the subjects who smoked marijuana, 5 of these subjects achieved complete remission. All subjects reported improved appetite and much improved sleep. (People with this disease sometimes have 20 bowel movements a day, often waking up several times during the night) The study found that 10 of the 11 subjects had an improved clinical response.
This study shows exactly how the THC rich cannabis plant can produce significant clinical, steroid free, side effect free benefits to those who suffer from Crohn’s disease.
Although researchers were hesitant to call their study a complete success because, as they said, there was not a 100 percent remission in all cases, even though 5 out of 11 did have complete remission. However, the other 6 did find some relief from their symptoms that they had been unable to obtain by other treatment methods.
Researchers noted that their findings indicated that further studies involving larger groups were needed, as well as another method of consumption other than smoking.