Crohn’s disease is one of a handful of bowel conditions that wreak absolute havoc on the digestive systems of sufferers.
Crohn’s, which is a type of autoimmune disorder, has not yet been cured.
It is only ever managed.
Many of the medications used to treat Crohn’s are hardly friendly to the body or to the wallet.
Now, however, there’s a new treatment for Crohn’s that could have some major promise.
What’s surprising is this treatment isn’t legal all across the U.S.
It’s marijuana… or more accurately, cannabis oil
A new study at Tel Aviv University’s Meir Hospital and Kupat Holim Clinic in Israel, indicates that cannabis oil might be one of the most powerful treatments ever discovered.
What’s surprising about this research is the use of cannabis oil to treat Crohn’s doesn’t actually have to do with alleviating the gut inflammation that characterizes the condition.
So what doe it do?
The belief is chemicals called cannabinoids found in cannabis oil might help to improve aspects of immune health along with affecting the central nervous system to help modulate the body’s response to aggravations from Crohn’s.
In the study of cannabis oil and Crohn’s the team at the Tel Aviv University’s Meir Hospital conducted a randomized trial to see how cannabis oil affected Chron’s sufferers.
“They studied 46 people whose Crohn’s disease was moderately severe by randomly assigning them to two groups that received an 8-week treatment.
In one group, the treatment consisted of cannabis oil, comprising 4 percent tetrahydrocannabinol and 15 percent cannabidiol. The other group took a placebo.
The scientists used assessment tools that have been validated for research purposes to measure quality of life and severity of symptoms. They assessed gut inflammation by means of endoscopic exams and markers in blood and stool samples.
After the treatment, there was a significant reduction in Crohn’s disease symptoms in the cannabis oil group compared with the placebo group.
The results showed that 65 percent of the cannabis oil group met “strict criteria for clinical remission” of Crohn’s disease, compared with only 35 percent of the placebo group.
The group that received the cannabis oil also showed meaningful improvements in measures of life quality, compared with the group that was given the placebo treatment.
Dr. Naftali notes that the findings support the idea that the system of receptors in the body that bind to cannabinoids — the endocannabinoid system — could be targeted for treatment in gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s.
Dr. Naftali and her team are already planning to look more closely at the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis on IBD.
“For now, however, we can only consider medicinal cannabis as an alternative or additional intervention that provides temporary symptom relief for some people with Crohn’s disease.”
This study is another in a long list of studies implicating cannabis oil in major healing.
Studies on various aspects of health show cannabis oil has serious healing properties.
This is why so many people are pushing for worldwide legalization.