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Crohn’s Disease

December 30, 2019

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Crohn’s disease is a gastrointestinal disease that specifically attacks the digestive tract anywhere from the mouth to the anus.  Weight loss, abdominal pain and diarrhea are the most common side effects, however they are not the only ones.  A fever is also likely to present itself, especially if the infection has progressed.  The most common place where inflammation might be found is at the end of the small intestine where it meets with the colon.  However, any portion of the gastrointestinal tract can be affected.

Crohn’s disease is classified as a Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease, also known as IBD.  Unfortunately, scientists still do not know exactly the cause for Crohn’s disease.  Stress and quality of diet have been postulated as the likely causes, however there are no studies that prove this.  Most scientists believe that while a poor diet and overworked psyche are most likely the cause they do not yet know if they truly create Crohn’s disease.

One of the scariest aspects of Crohn’s disease is how insidious the fight against one’s own body tends to be.  At its base, Crohn’s disease represents the targeting of healthy gastrointestinal tract and most often healthy microbial antigens, by its own autoimmune system.  Even though Crohn’s is an immune system related disease, it does not fall under the same umbrella as an autoimmune disease.  This is mainly because the body’s defenses are not triggered to target itself.

While there are currently no surgical or medications that can assist in eliminating Crohn’s disease there are a number of treatment options available to help mitigate the symptoms.  One of the first aspects of treatment a new person diagnosed with Crohn’s disease is likely to be told is to quit smoking tobacco.  This is nothing to take lightly.  Roughly twenty percent of people that have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease will be admitted to a hospital each year while around fifty percent of those will need to have surgery every decade.

Almost 50,000 people were killed as a result of Crohn’s disease during 2015.  Many of these fatalities were reported in the developed world where Crohn’s disease is most commonly found.  However, since the 1970’s Crohn’s disease has become a much more frequently found illness in the rest of the world.  While Crohn’s disease can be found at any age, it is most commonly found in patients in their teens and twenties.  The suffering of a Crohn’s patient can be so severe that life expectancy for Crohn’s patients has shown to decline compared to that of non Crohn’s patients.

Medical marijuana has been shown to help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease.  So much so that many of the states that have allowed for the use of medical marijuana the majority of them have included Crohn’s disease as a qualifying condition.  Symptoms of Crohn’s disease that medical marijuana has been proven to help address include nausea and vomiting, cramping, inflammation and pain as well as lack of appetite and depression.  Strains that have been singled out for their usefulness include, Chemo (Indica), Hash Plant (Indica), Lemon Jack (Sativa), Golden Pineapple (Hybrid), and K2 (Hybrid).

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf provides this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions for an Ohio marijuana card. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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