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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in New York

Recent research findings indicate that a new approach involving medicinal marijuana has positive results in treating inflammatory bowel disease cases.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a debilitating gastrointestinal disorder affecting the tissue and lining of the digestive tract. It generally involves ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract can lead to weight loss, fatigue, severe diarrhea, and other complications in many patients. Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease characterized by sores and inflammation of the inner lining of the large intestine and rectum. Crohn’s disease can impact the deep tissues of any part of the digestive tract.

Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease can range in severity and frequency, sometimes resulting in life-threatening complications. When symptoms are present, the illness is in a more active and uncomfortable stage; likewise, when the symptoms subside or disappear, the person with the disorder may experience remission-like phases of health.

Aside from the characteristic inflammation, patients with this disorder may experience abdominal cramping, nausea, or vomiting caused by abnormal movement of the digestive tract. The patient may notice bright or dark blood in their stool. These symptoms may be accompanied by a low-grade fever or diminished energy levels. Due to a loss of appetite and the inability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients, malnourishment, and unintended weight loss may occur.

Though ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have similarities, a medical expert can confirm a diagnosis. A treatment plan can help ease symptoms and minimize discomfort. A qualified and committed team prioritizes the health and well-being of each patient suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

Medical Marijuana as Part of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment Plan

There are many reports of cannabis treatment being highly effective for gastro-intestinal conditions. One of the most recent is a study done on 30 Crohn’s disease patients in 2011 (conducted by Naftali, Lev, Yablekovitz, Half, and Konikoff). This study indicated a significant reduction in pain associated with the disease and also a diminished need for other types of medications. Citiva Medical has witnessed numerous patients with inflammatory bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease receive relief through the use of cannabis-based therapies. Citiva Medical has products in development which may be taken orally or by vapor ingestion and suppository. IBS has become one of the leading gastro-intestinal problems in recent years, and Citiva Medical believes that our cannabis treatment products will someday be a first line of defense in treating these conditions.

Research on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Cannabis Based Treatments

For more information on medicinal cannabis being used to treat inflammatory bowel syndrome, please click on the following links:

Impact of cannabis treatment on the quality of life, weight and clinical disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease patients: a pilot prospective study

Cannabis use amongst patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Treatment of Crohn’s disease with cannabis: an observational study

Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis Case Reports, Surveys Cannabis

Lal S, Prasad N, Ryan M, Tangri S, Silverberg MS, Gordon A, Steinhart H. Cannabis use amongst patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011;23(10):891-6.

Uncontrolled Studies Cannabis

Naftali T, Lev LB, Yablekovitz D, Half E, Konikoff FM. Treatment of Crohn’s disease with cannabis: an observational study. Isr Med Assoc J 2011;13(8):455-8.

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