Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease is a long-term gastrointestinal condition that causes extremely uncomfortable inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system.

Classed as an inflammatory bowel disease, the main symptoms of Crohn's disease include intense stomach cramps and aches, diarrhoea, weight loss, and increased fatigue. Currently, there is no cure for Crohn's Disease and its exact causes are unknown, but there are a number of medications that can be prescribed to patients to aid symptom management. 


Can cannabis-based medicines help reduce the symptoms of Crohn's disease?


Yes, there have been many clinical studies and research papers focusing on the potential positive effects of cannabis-based medicines on Crohn's disease. From reducing inflammation to improving appetite and easing pain, there is evidence that cannabinoid therapy can have a potentially life-changing impact for those living with this chronic condition.

Medical cannabis is not a cure for Crohn's disease.


How does medical cannabis work in treating Crohn's disease?


The human body contains a specialised system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for regulating various physiological processes such as pain, inflammation, and appetite. Medical cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids which can interact with the ECS to potentially provide relief for Crohn's disease symptoms.


What are the different types of medical cannabis that can be used in treating Crohn's disease?


The two major cannabinoids found in medical cannabis are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both of these compounds have shown potential in reducing inflammation and improving the quality of life for Crohn's disease patients. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a "high" feeling, while THC has the potential to produce psychoactive effects.


Can I receive a medical cannabis prescription for Crohn's disease through the NHS?


No, the NHS will not provide patients with a prescription for medical cannabis as it is not currently recognised as a standard treatment option for Crohn's disease.

Thankfully, specialists working with private medical cannabis clinics (like Releaf) have the legal ability to prescribed cannabis based medicines for a much wider range of health issues than NHS doctors. If you are struggling with controlling your symptoms and would like to explore medical cannabis as a treatment option, it is worth discussing with your GP or seeking out a private clinic.

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