By Jason Sander
Modern medicine has given us many great things that people couldn’t even imagine just a century ago. For all of its strengths and advancements, however, conventional medical science sometimes has no answers for suffering patients. Many patients with digestive disorders fall into this category, and for a number of those suffering, cannabis provides the only relief from their symptoms. Here are several diseases that are being treating with medical cannabis.
Celiac disease impacts the small intestine after consuming gluten. The immune system will begin to attack epithelial cells in the small intestine, causing pain for the patient and the inability to absorb nutrients. Those suffering from celiac disease are more likely to develop diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer later in life.
Thankfully, cannabis can help. Research shows that cannabinoid receptors can heal damage caused to the intestinal lining in those with celiac disease. Because of this, researchers suggest targeting CB2 receptors in patients suffering from celiac disease. Many patients have experienced relief from their often wretched stomach pain and sometimes report being disease-free after medical cannabis treatments.
Leaky Gut Disease
Leaky gut is another gluten sensitivity related disease. An excess of gluten can create a substance called zonulin, which removes the binding of stomach cells. The resulting space between cells will allow food particles to leak through. Moreover, undigested food particles can even enter the bloodstream and cause infections, potentially leading to something much worse.
Doctors will often prescribe patients with potentially harmful pharmaceuticals to help treat this ailment. Many patient testimonials suggest that cannabis can help heal the gut, which could bring much-needed relief.
Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Symptoms of Crohn’s include abdominal pain, weight loss, diarrhea, anemia, and fatigue. Studies have shown that cannabis helps with most of these, but many mainstream medical professionals fail to consider treating Crohn’s with medical cannabis. Instead, steroids and cortisone might be prescribed to help heal swollen colons, common among Crohn’s patients. These drugs could cause harsh side effects and can often make a patient’s condition worse.
Patients might not be aware that cannabis can help them. Evidence and empiricism will continue to educate the masses. Thankfully, many patients in legal states have access to relief in the form of medical cannabis, but far too many often still face harsh penalties for daring to treat their digestive ailments in such a way.
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This article is for entertainment and discussion purposes only and is not intended to give medical advice or to address the treatment of any disorders.