Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) medical cannabis treatment

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a long term condition that causes the immune system to attack the digestive system, which in turn causes inflammation. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the most prevalent inflammatory bowel disease conditions in the UK, and both have shown promising results when treated with IBD medical cannabis treatments.

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10 million

people around the world are believed to live with inflammatory bowel disease


of survey respondents said IBD symptoms improved with cannabis based treatments

Over 3/4

of respondents said medical cannabis IBD treatments improved abdominal cramping


of IBD patients have used cannabis based products for symptom relief, shows survey.

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my medical cannabis treatment.“

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Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Articles on Inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)

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05. 08. 2023

Exploring the potential benefits of CBD for IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of conditions that cause inflammation in the digestive tract. Depending on their level of severity, they can be anything from frustrating inconveniences to life-altering health issues with potentially dangerous consequences.

29. 08. 2023

Understanding the link between cannabinoids and the digestive tract

The cannabis sativa L. plant is one of the most versatile, and potentially therapeutically beneficial types of flora to ever grace this pale blue dot we call home. It is one of the fastest-growing plants, takes less water to cultivate than the vast majority of other crops, and has a wide range of applications due to not only the presence of cannabinoids, but also its true variability in terms of the production of textiles, paper products, and food items.

05. 08. 2023

Is CBD a safe treatment option for gut inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to harmful stimuli like injuries and infection. It effectively quarantines the site of the injury and infection in order to attack any invading bodies or contaminants. In the modern world, however, there are more negative stimuli that can trigger inflammation than ever, from stressful living and working conditions to processed foods and airborne pollution. These can cause the immune system to attack healthy tissue.


Tummy pain

Persistent diarrhoea

Blood or mucus in your poo

Bleeding from your bottom

Unintentional weight loss


If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

In the UK, inflammatory bowel disease symptoms are conventionally treated using prescribed anti-inflammatories and steroids. In some extreme cases surgery is recommended to physically remove parts of the bowel, but this can be costly, and the recovery process can take a long time.

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A word from our specialist

“The growing awareness that female physiological differences can lead to the misdiagnosis of conditions, highlights the need for clinical approaches that better account for these variations. Other conditions such as endometriosis can take up to seven years to be diagnosed, all the while the patient is passed from pillar to post and started on a plethora of medication in the hope that distress is alleviated. Experience now tells us that medical cannabis is a particularly effective treatment for menstrual-related pain conditions.“
Dr David Tang

Clinic Director

How can medical cannabis help inflammatory bowel disease?

Medical cannabis inflammatory bowel disease treatments typically target the inflammation caused by IBD, and influence the responses initiated by the immune system in people with IBD. 

Some cannabis-based treatments have shown to decrease the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the gut, which is believed to contribute to the development of Crohn's disease, whilst others may reduce inflammation in the colon and rectum, which can alleviate some of the painful symptoms associated with IBD like diarrhoea and rectal bleeding. 

Other evidence suggests medical cannabis treatments can help decrease the perception of pain, which may make IBD less of a hindrance when going about daily routines and activities, and self-reported quality of life scores also tend to improve after patients start cannabis-based treatments. 

Prescribed cannabis treatments are considered a suitable treatment option for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases in the UK if they have been unable to manage their symptoms with conventional, licensed medications. To find out if medical cannabis may be able to help you, fill out our free online eligibility checker today. 

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