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Crohn’s Disease Marijuana Research Studies

In 2011, the Israel Medical Association Journal reported findings from the first ever study on cannabis use in Crohn’s disease. Conducting retrospective interviews, researchers concluded:

“The results indicate that cannabis may have a positive effect on disease activity, as reflected by reduction in disease activity index and in the need for other drugs and surgery.”

Contemplating marijuana’s possible method(s) of action, study authors note:

“The observed beneficial effect in this study may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, but additional effects of cannabinoids may also play a role. Cannabinoids influence gastrointestinal motility and, in particular, have an anti-diarrheal effect, as observed in mice injected with cholera toxin.”

Of the 30 study participants, 21 improved “significantly” after treatment with cannabis. The need for other medication was also “significantly reduced.”

In addition to its positive effects on disease progression, medical marijuana is also a therapeutic treatment for a number of Crohn’s disease symptoms, including loss of appetite, fatigue, and trouble sleeping.

Before purchasing marijuana from a Florida medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) – or dispensary – patients must first qualify for a medical marijuana certification; CannaMD provides qualified patients with the state-required recommendation to complete this process.

According to Florida state law, patients suffering from Crohn’s disease may qualify for medical marijuana treatment.

Patients can see if they qualify for free by completing a brief form or calling 1 (855) 420-9170.

For additional information on Crohn’s disease, please see CannaMD‘s Crohn’s Disease Patient Resource Page.

CannaMD welcomes the opportunity to connect with fellow physicians and facilitate medical cannabis care.

For additional information, including how to refer Crohn’s disease patients and request complementary referral cards, please visit CannaMD‘s Physician Resource Page.

While the list below is not exhaustive, we hope you will enjoy the following primary source articles reviewing Crohn’s disease and marijuana research:

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