Medical Marijuana Specialists located in Pensacola, Marianna, Miramar Beach, Panama City, FL & Gulfport, MS
If you’re experiencing frequent, urgent diarrhea and constant abdominal pain, you could be suffering from Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is a potentially debilitating condition, and unfortunately, there is no cure. However, with treatment, it’s possible to manage your symptoms, improve your quality of life, and even enter remission. Medical marijuana with its many anti-inflammatory properties is an effective way to treat Crohn’s disease and manage symptoms. Find out more today by calling Kaya Life in Miramar Beach, Marianna, Panama City, Pensacola, Florida, and Gulfport, MS, to make an appointment, or make one online.
Crohn's Disease Q & A
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation throughout your digestive tract. This inflammation spreads many layers deep into the tissue of the digestive tract and can cause symptoms like abdominal pain and severe diarrhea.
Crohn’s disease can be extremely painful and diminish your quality of life and, if left untreated, can lead to malnutrition, weight loss, and a number of other unpleasant or dangerous complications.
What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?
Symptoms of Crohn’s can vary in severity and may sometimes disappear entirely (a state called remission). Active symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody stool
- Mouth sores
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
- Pain, drainage, or infection near the anus
People with severe Crohn’s disease may also experience swelling in their joints and around their eyes.
What is the traditional treatment for Crohn’s disease?
There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, but medication and lifestyle changes can help manage your symptoms and even bring about long-term remission. Traditional treatment for Crohn’s disease focuses on reducing the inflammation in your digestive tract, primarily with anti-inflammatory medications, like corticosteroids. Immune system suppressors are also commonly prescribed.
Your doctor may also recommend changes to your diet or lifestyle, like eliminating certain foods that trigger your symptoms.
How can medical cannabis help my Crohn’s disease?
Medical marijuana is widely used to treat Crohn’s disease, and many patients report that it’s effective in relieving many of their gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as the chronic pain that accompanies them. Exactly why cannabis is so helpful for people with Crohn’s disease is still the subject of research, but it could be related to the anti-inflammatory properties of many cannabinoids, the chemical components that make up cannabis.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to be especially effective in relieving the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, and products containing CBD are non-psychoactive, meaning you can integrate them into your day more easily. For more severe Crohn’s disease, therapies based on the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are also effective.
If you have Crohn’s disease and want to know how medical marijuana could help you, call Kaya Life today or make an appointment online.