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JADEO Crohn's Disease 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Cannabis: A New Approach to Managing Crohn's Disease?

Crohn's disease is a chronic illness that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Inflammation can occur anywhere from mouth to anus, causing extreme pain, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

Most people with Crohn's experience episodes of inflammation with fairly symptom-free periods in between flare ups. Crohn's and Colitis Canada, a volunteer-based charity dedicated to finding a cure for Crohn's disease, reports that the average risk for a flare-up in any year is about 30%. Some patients experience several flare-ups in a year, while others may go longer periods of time with no obvious symptoms. 

What are the Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?

There are many symptoms associated with Crohn's disease. Some people may experience more severe symptoms more often, while other people seem to have mild or no symptoms at all. Periods of symptom-free time are generally referred to as remissions, but it is important to note that some symptoms may arise suddenly at any time. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common symptoms of Crohn's disease include:

  • Abdominal pain and/or cramping
  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Reduced appetite
  • Loss of weight

In some cases, the pain and fatigue caused by Crohn's disease are debilitating, affecting patients' abilities to work and carry on with day-to-day activities. In more extreme cases, symptoms associated with Crohn's disease can create or lead to further, more complicated, and potentially life-threatening medical issues.

Because there is no cure for Crohn's disease, patients must find the treatments that are most effective to prevent symptoms before they arise, or to lessen or relieve symptoms during a flare-up.

Treating Crohn's Disease 

There is currently no cure for Crohn's disease, and while there are different treatment options available to patients, there is no single treatment that effectively works for everyone.

Some patients are prescribed different steroidal medications, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or immune system suppressants. In more serious cases, patients must undergo surgeries or other operations to lessen the symptoms and complications of Crohn's disease. 

Cannabis: An Effective Treatment?

With the passing of Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act, earlier this year, full legalization of cannabis in Canada will begin on October 17, 2018. For many, this opens a door to great opportunity for trying cannabis to aid in treating their symptoms of Crohn's disease and pushing their illness into remission. 

A 2013 study conducted by scientists and doctors at the Tel Aviv University found that patients with Crohn's disease can benefit from using cannabis to treat their symptoms. A total of 21 patients were studied, with 11 given cannabis cigarettes, and the other 10 given placebo cigarettes. Of the 11 patients given the cannabis treatment, five achieved total remission from their Crohn's symptoms and three were weaned from steroid treatment dependence. The patients in the cannabis group also reported improved sleep and appetite with no side effects.

An earlier study, performed in 2005 by the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians about the medicinal benefits and uses of cannabis, also found positive results in treating Crohn's patients with cannabis. 18 patients were asked to rate symptoms on a scale of 1-10 both before and after the cannabis treatment; every participant noted significant improvements in all symptoms, such as improved appetite, reduced fatigue, better sleep, and lessened pain and discomfort. Many patients also reported less need for other prescribed medications like immuno-suppressives, which can often cause harmful and uncomfortable side effects.

Until a cure is found to squash Crohn's disease altogether, patients can only find the treatments that are most effective for managing their own symptoms before or during flare-ups. As scientific studies have shown, cannabis can be extremely effective in battling the debilitating effects of Crohn's disease, and, for some, can successfully push the illness into remission.

Remember to always consult your doctor before beginning any type of wellness treatment.

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Stay informed. Stay healthy. 

#WeAreJadeo


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JADEO Crohn's Disease 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Cannabis: A New Approach to Managing Crohn's Disease?

Crohn's disease is a chronic illness that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Inflammation can occur anywhere from mouth to anus, causing extreme pain, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

Most people with Crohn's experience episodes of inflammation with fairly symptom-free periods in between flare ups. Crohn's and Colitis Canada, a volunteer-based charity dedicated to finding a cure for Crohn's disease, reports that the average risk for a flare-up in any year is about 30%. Some patients experience several flare-ups in a year, while others may go longer periods of time with no obvious symptoms. 

What are the Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?

There are many symptoms associated with Crohn's disease. Some people may experience more severe symptoms more often, while other people seem to have mild or no symptoms at all. Periods of symptom-free time are generally referred to as remissions, but it is important to note that some symptoms may arise suddenly at any time. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common symptoms of Crohn's disease include:

  • Abdominal pain and/or cramping
  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Reduced appetite
  • Loss of weight

In some cases, the pain and fatigue caused by Crohn's disease are debilitating, affecting patients' abilities to work and carry on with day-to-day activities. In more extreme cases, symptoms associated with Crohn's disease can create or lead to further, more complicated, and potentially life-threatening medical issues.

Because there is no cure for Crohn's disease, patients must find the treatments that are most effective to prevent symptoms before they arise, or to lessen or relieve symptoms during a flare-up.

Treating Crohn's Disease 

There is currently no cure for Crohn's disease, and while there are different treatment options available to patients, there is no single treatment that effectively works for everyone.

Some patients are prescribed different steroidal medications, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or immune system suppressants. In more serious cases, patients must undergo surgeries or other operations to lessen the symptoms and complications of Crohn's disease. 

Cannabis: An Effective Treatment?

With the passing of Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act, earlier this year, full legalization of cannabis in Canada will begin on October 17, 2018. For many, this opens a door to great opportunity for trying cannabis to aid in treating their symptoms of Crohn's disease and pushing their illness into remission. 

A 2013 study conducted by scientists and doctors at the Tel Aviv University found that patients with Crohn's disease can benefit from using cannabis to treat their symptoms. A total of 21 patients were studied, with 11 given cannabis cigarettes, and the other 10 given placebo cigarettes. Of the 11 patients given the cannabis treatment, five achieved total remission from their Crohn's symptoms and three were weaned from steroid treatment dependence. The patients in the cannabis group also reported improved sleep and appetite with no side effects.

An earlier study, performed in 2005 by the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians about the medicinal benefits and uses of cannabis, also found positive results in treating Crohn's patients with cannabis. 18 patients were asked to rate symptoms on a scale of 1-10 both before and after the cannabis treatment; every participant noted significant improvements in all symptoms, such as improved appetite, reduced fatigue, better sleep, and lessened pain and discomfort. Many patients also reported less need for other prescribed medications like immuno-suppressives, which can often cause harmful and uncomfortable side effects.

Until a cure is found to squash Crohn's disease altogether, patients can only find the treatments that are most effective for managing their own symptoms before or during flare-ups. As scientific studies have shown, cannabis can be extremely effective in battling the debilitating effects of Crohn's disease, and, for some, can successfully push the illness into remission.

Remember to always consult your doctor before beginning any type of wellness treatment.

-

Stay informed. Stay healthy. 

#WeAreJadeo


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