How CBD Can Treat Crohn’s Disease
Every person on this planet has experienced bowel problems, whether that is pain in the intestines, bad digestion, heartburn, and so on. But what if this pain continued with each passing year while becoming more and more unbearable? This is how those affected with the auto immune condition called Crohn’s disease suffer, and every part
Every person on this planet has experienced bowel problems, whether that is pain in the intestines, bad digestion, heartburn, and so on. But what if this pain continued with each passing year while becoming more and more unbearable? This is how those affected with the auto immune condition called Crohn’s disease suffer, and every part of the gastrointestinal tract can be affected. This is a long-term and chronic inflammation of the bowels, where the lining of the digestive system is inflamed and in pain. The treatment is mainly the use of corticosteroids, prescribed medication, and/or painkillers, which have a myriad of side-effects, the most common ones being liver damage, nausea and vomiting, sleeping problems, mood changes, and appetite fluctuations.
This is why a new, healthier alternative is desperately needed, and CBD slowly but surely makes its way on top. New scientific studies and research emerge every day that only confirm the marvelous benefits this cannabinoid has to offer, the most well-known properties being anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antispasmodic, antipsychotic, neuroprotective, anxiolytic, prohedonic, anticancer, antiemetic, and analgesic. As CBD’s medical popularity continues to grow, let’s take a look at how it actually treats this chronic disease.
Many Crohn’s disease patients can find it very difficult to deal with the horrible symptoms that come along, like severe and oftentimes constant abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, blood in stool, fatigue, and so on. Reduced appetite is also an important symptom, which is why many sufferers lose weight quickly and have problems gaining it back.
CBD can provide incredible relief from this disease’s symptoms as it engages with a huge network in the body referred to as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), so let’s take a look at how CBD and the ECS work together.
How is CBD Connected to the Endocannabinoid System
This system is in a way the middleman for the communication and collaboration between the cannabinoids and the human body. It’s consisted of a number of cannabinoid receptors, scattered all throughout the body, connected to every single organ, and responsible for different bodily functions. This sounds like the ECS is plays a vital role for the overall health of the human body, and it does indeed. The ECS has only one mission, and external cannabinoids like CBD act like sidekicks, helping the main character reach its goal. The mission we’re talking about is maintaining homeostasis of the body which is reaching metabolic balance, crucial for one’s optimal health.
When it comes to Crohn’s disease, CBD plays a big role in maintaining homeostasis of the gut by counteracting its inflammation, while reducing intestinal damage. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system and activating certain receptors, CBD decreases the inflammation’s severity which makes it a potential new solution to many types of inflammatory bowel disorders, including Crohn’s disease.
What Does the Scientific Literature Say
Time and time again, research has proven that CBD successfully fights the signs and symptoms related to Crohn’s disease. However, much more research and experimentation needs to be done in order for CBD to reach the top as the ultimate solution to the above-mentioned signs and symptoms. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are mostly being used as treatment, but only as a symptom treatment. Despite being helpful, this medication can cause some very negative side-effects, like inflammation of the liver, nausea, or vomiting. Mainly, painkillers are most commonly prescribed to Crohn’s disease sufferers to help with pain control. Considering that scientists remain unable to discover a remedy for Crohn’s disease, people are beginning to look for the solution by turning to alternative medicine, which comes to no surprise.
During the last few years, however, many scientists and medical and health professionals have been looking at the efficacy of CBD in terms of treating patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Crohn’s disease, being an inflammatory bowels disease, asks for anti-IBD drugs and/or painkillers to treat its symptoms. This research accentuates the importance of CBD as an all-in-one medicine for various inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease. Not only is it natural and non-toxic as opposed to the painkillers, but it’s also more effective if used properly. According to the scientists who conducted this overview, CBD has a great potential of being the new anti-IBD medicine, and with more research this will only be confirmed.
Many people who suffer from Crohn’s disease turn to CBD oil for help, and by self-medicating realize that the results are incomparable to those when treated with anti-IBD or painkillers. One such person is Dan, a Washington State citizen who had this disease when he was only 18. He struggled with severe and consistent abdominal pain, and at one point was treating these pains with 22 pills a day! Even though he experienced some improvement, it didn’t last so he started to look for an alternative.
After trying a CBD-infused muffin, he couldn’t believe the lack of pain he was feeling. In fact, he says that for the first time in many years he didn’t experience any pain whatsoever. Since that day, he got off all of his prescription medication and began treating himself with different CBD products, which according to him, have given him back the quality of life he had before the disease kicked in.
Based on the existing scientific literature regarding CBD and Crohn’s disease, CBD does have a high potential in treating, if not curing this condition. It helps with inflammation, pain, and digestion, thus eliminating almost all Crohn’s disease symptoms, leaving one pain-free and happy. More research and studies are need in order to confirm this, but if you believe those who tried it and succeeded, this marvelous cannabinoid’s positive effects are undeniable.