Cannabis shows beneficial effects on Crohn’s disease, according to a new research. Adding cannabis in treatment can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life in people with Crohn’s disease.
The study, recently presented at a conference, is the first to show that even though cannabis has no effect on gut inflammation, it can help treat Crohn’s disease.
The study findings were recently presented at Vienna, Austria’s United European Gastroenterology annual meeting (UEG Week 2018) by leader Dr. Timna Naftali, who is a gastroenterology specialist at Tel Aviv University’s Meir Hospital and Kupat Holim Clinic in Israel,
Crohn’s disease is a severe type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. The condition affects around 1.6 million people in America. Signs and symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, bleeding, pain, feeling an urgent need to go to the bathroom, fever, weight loss, sweating at night, and cramps in the abdomen.
For the research, the team included 46 people with moderately severe Crohn’s disease. The researchers randomly divided the patients into two groups that received an 8-week treatment.
The first group took the treatment consisted of cannabis oil, containing 15 percent cannabidiol and 4 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, while the second group received a placebo.
As a result, the team found a reduction in Crohn’s disease symptoms in 65 percent of the cannabis oil group reduced compared with the placebo group. The first group also showed improvements in quality of life compared with the second group.
“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,” Dr. Timna Naftali notes.