Those who suffer from Crohn’s disease have an inflamed digestive tract, leading to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. The inflammation spreads throughout deep layers of the affected bowel tissue which is extremely painful. This disease can impact different areas of the digestive tract depending on the individual.

Crohn’s disease is debilitating and at its worst, can produce life-threatening complications. However, therapies are available to reduce its signs and symptoms and bring relief to its sufferers.

Symptoms

Depending on the individual, different portions of your digestive tract may be affected. In some people, only the last section of the small intestine (ileum) is impacted. Other people find the disease only affects the colon, which is a portion of the large intestine. Symptoms usually develop over a period of time, but they are also known to develop unexpectedly and all at once. Common symptoms include diarrhea, fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, cramping, mouth sores, bloody stool, reduced appetite, weight loss or pain or drainage around the anus because of inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula). Severe Crohn’s sufferers may also develop inflammation of the skin, eyes, joints, liver or bile ducts as well as a delayed growth or sexual development in children.

Causes

There’s not one sole cause of developing Crohn’s disease. A virus or bacterium could be the trigger for the disease. Genes also play a role in how likely you are to develop it.

How Medical Marijuana Can Help

As inflammation is a major factor in Crohn’s disease sufferers, medical marijuana is shown to be helpful in reducing the inflammation in the intestine. Our body naturally has a system of endocannabinoids that are similar to the compounds found in the marijuana plant, so this may also aid in pain reduction.

Contact Greenhouse for More Information

If you or someone you know is suffering from Crohn’s disease, obtaining your registry identification card is the first step in obtaining medical marijuana as a source of relief. From there, visit one of our Greenhouse dispensary locations where a medical marijuana professional can help find a treatment plan for you.