Marijuana is Effective for Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Although many states have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana for patients suffering from Crohn’s disease, patients who experience Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a condition that has similar symptoms, have not been granted a similar authorization. One possible reason for this discrepancy is the lack of research on marijuana and IBD. Dr. Jessica Allegretti and her colleagues sought to remedy this gap in the literature by studying patients suffering from IBD who report having used marijuana to treat their condition.

Dr. Allegretti surveyed 292 patients, 150 of whom were current or past marijuana users. Of these patients, those who used marijuana for symptom control reported that marijuana was very helpful for relieving abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. This included patients with ulcerative colitis, another condition for which medical marijuana is not available.

These results suggest that IBD may be another condition for which medical marijuana is an effective treatment. The authors caution that clinical trials are needed before definitive conclusions can be made, but this first study shows promise for patients who wish to use medical marijuana as a natural remedy to treat IBD.

This information is for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES only, not for diagnosing or treating any medical condition.