Medical Cannabis for Gastroenterological Conditions

Medical Cannabis for Gastroenterological Conditions

Your digestive and gut health can have a profound effect on the quality of your daily life health. Evidence suggests that cannabis-based treatments could help the symptoms of IBS, fibromyalgia, and gut disorders like Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Inflammatory digestive disorders are on the rise in the UK,* with up to 70% of IBS patients suffering regularly from moderate to severe abdominal pain.* Gastro conditions can be difficult to manage and the nature of the symptoms causes discomfort, disruption, and emotional distress. When dietary and lifestyle changes and traditional anti-inflammatories and steroids are not enough, cannabis-based treatments could be life-changing.

How Can Cannabis-Based Treatments Help?

Medical cannabis is a rich source of cannabinoids and some of the most potentially beneficial cannabinoids occur in the gut. Cannabinoids, most notably CBD, have been shown to offer anti-inflammatory properties that may play a role in maintaining gut health and digestive function. Gastrointestinal conditions can be triggered or worsened by chronic stress and anxiety. Both CBD and THC have been linked to reducing stress and having a calming effect on the mind.


Of Brits are affected by IBS.

10 million

People worldwide could live with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


Of those surveyed said IBD symptoms improved with cannabis-based treatments.

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29. 08. 2023

Understanding the link between cannabinoids and the digestive tract

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13. 07. 2023

How effective is cannabis for ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a persistent inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterised by inflammation in the inner lining of the colon and rectum. This chronic condition has a diverse range of symptoms. These include diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and general discomfort. The severity of these symptoms can fluctuate significantly. 

28. 07. 2023

What you need to know about cannabis and Crohn’s disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, weight loss and fatigue. The condition can be difficult to manage, and traditional treatment methods may not always be effective. This has led some people to explore alternative, complementary therapies, such as medical cannabis.

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There is increasing evidence that medical cannabis can reduce the intensity of symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, albeit without altering what the condition looks like under the microscope. Irritable bowel syndrome similarly, although a distinct condition from both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, can be calmed down considerably by means of cannabinoid therapy.

Dr David Tang

Medical Director

Common gastroenterological symptoms

Abdominal pain


Changes to bowel habits

Difficulty swallowing

Excessive gas



Rectal bleeding

Unintended weight loss


Weakness and fatigue

It's important to note that these symptoms are general and may not be exclusive to any specific gastroenterological condition. Consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial for accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plans based on individual needs.

Common gastroenterological conditions

Ulcerative Colitis

Celiac Disease

If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional medicine, cannabis-based treatments could be the answer to restore your quality of life. The first step is to find out if you’re eligible.
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