Study: Marijuana Can Cure Crohn's Disease
Morbus Crohn is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that usually affects the intestines, but it may occur anywhere in the digestion system, from the mouth to the rectum. Statistically, 150 of 100,000 people suffer from this kind of internal inflammation, which causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which can be bloody), severe vomiting, weight loss, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness and a lack of concentration.
People suffering from Morbus Crohn have an ongoing and in most cases chronic and usually intractable inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, causing the intestinal wall to become thick due to scarring.
Until 2011, the exact cause of Crohn's disease was yet unknown. It was assumed to be an autoimmune disorder, causing the body's immune system of a patient to mistakenly attack and destroy healthy body tissue, but in fact it is a defect of the intestinal mucosa triggered by a lack of endogenous antibiotics or more specifically, defensin.
As medical treatment of Crohn's disease has many negative side effects, more and more patients are looking for alternative, natural healing means. And now a study out of Israel shows that cannabis can be highly effective in treating Morbus Crohn and its symptoms.
21 experimentee with severe cases of Crohn's disease who did not respond to conventional treatments participated in a trial in which 11 of them were given 2 joints per day, containing 23% THC and 0.5% CBD, over a period of 8 weeks - the other 10 in the control group received placebo cigarettes without any (active) cannabinoids.
The results were nothing short of astounding. 5 out of the 11 who smoked pot encountered a "complete recovery" and 5 reported that their symptoms had been cut in half. All of the experimentee who smoked cannabis cigarettes registered an improvement of appetite and sleep - without significant side effects.
Such cannabis is available in many dispensaries in the United States and yet the government claims that marijuana is as dangerous as heroin and that it has no medical benefits. Hard to believe, but in all seriousness, Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the northern district of California, is waging a war on safe access to medical cannabis ...