The scientific evidence concerning medical marijuana remains elusive as of today. However, here’s what is known, a system in the brain that was discovered by a scientist about twenty years ago is known to respond to chemicals that are found in marijuana. The said system is called the endocannabinoid system. The discovery has made a sparked of interest to medical researchers and scientists in finding a specific chemical among hundreds of marijuana compounds that could target a particular condition. With that, scientific research and medical projects have spread out dramatically around the world.
Indeed, the endocannabinoid system is known to play a role in many functions of the body. Studies revealed that chemicals found in marijuana could significantly help someone in treating a condition. It has been indicated in several findings that medical marijuana can stimulate someone’s appetite, manage pain and can also be used as an alternative drug for a brain disorder.
There is a popular cannabinoid that is found and known to contain therapeutic effects that treat inflammatory bowel diseases- particularly Crohn’s disease. Growing talks concerning the potential of medical cannabis in dealing with the various condition are buzzing. Scientists have regarded cannabis with its anti-inflammatory properties to be beneficial for treating Crohn’s disease.
Today, let’s address concerns about which type of medical cannabis is suitable for Crohn’s disease. Stay on the page and learn more.
Types Of Medical Cannabis That Suits Your Condition
The discovery of a body’s endocannabinoid system is the turning point in understanding how medical cannabis works for Crohn’s disease. Knowing that there are receptors found in the body that could respond to cannabis, it is interesting to know which type of medical marijuana is suitable for Crohn’s disease.
Although cannabis has been found to have at least sixty compounds, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most active cannabinoids that are known. However, other cannabinoids that are not yet recognized might also have an equal potential effect.
CBD is an effective treatment for inflammation and pain, while THC is also known to combat nausea, vomiting, and depression. Both of these cannabinoids are beneficial in overall health. CBD and THC stimulate endocannabinoids receptors that have potential in healing various conditions.
In the context of Crohn’s disease, CBD is known to treat the said condition by its anti-inflammatory and pain-relief properties. Cannabidiol itself has been found to be a very potent anti-inflammatory with its antioxidant properties. Not only that, but CBD is also known to have an anti-THC effect, that means, CBD alters the “high feeling” effects of THC. Furthermore, CBD has anti-motility effects. In a clinical study using rats, CBD can significantly reduce inflammatory hypermotility that is closely linked with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease.
With these findings, CBD works by interacting the body receptors- specifically CB2 receptors. It regulates the inflammatory process by controlling immune cells in releasing cytokine. Also, CBD supplementation may allow anandamide to release its natural anti-inflammatory effects and anti-motility (the ability of a fluid or an organism to get around). What is more beneficial in CBD to Chron’s Disease is that it only targets the inflamed area of the intestine and leaving healthy areas untouched.
It may also work by influencing opioid receptors by activating them. As a result, it controls secretion and motility. Moreover, activating the said receptors blocks the contraction of the digestive tract which is known to facilitate digestion.
Hence, CBD can be consideredngood for Crohn’s disease with its promising therapeutic effects for inflammatory bowel disease. However, further research is still needed of its possible side effects. On the contrary, such findings are already encouraging that CBD can exert potentials in anti-inflammatory, anti-motility and analgesic effects that CBD can able to help a person who had been suffering from Crohn’s disease.
Like CBD, THC is also found to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-motility effect. Researchers have indicated that THC could reduce inflammation in the gut using a rat as a sample. It is also known to control diarrhea by binding body receptors, particularly CB2 receptors. It reduces cytokines including the proinflammatory cells that can inflame the walls of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, it binds with the CB1 receptors of the enteric nervous system (a group of neurons in the gastrointestinal tract). It regulates the gastrointestinal tract which alleviates symptoms of the said condition such as diarrhea.
With the information above, THC and CBD can be a promising alternative treatment that can help a person with Crohn’s disease. Moreover, studies indicated that combining CBD and THC can work together to relieve symptoms.
CBD has clearly proven that it reduces gastrointestinal inflammation and other related symptoms that are closely associated with Crohn’s disease. With that, it is up to you to weigh the given evidence to determine which type of medical marijuana is good for your condition. Talk closely to your trusted healthcare provider. However, when you are thinking to include either of the two cannabinoids as part of your treatment, please do contact your doctor first. Get educated concerning medical cannabis and get well soon.