More and more studies on cannabis reveal both its beneficial effects on health and adverse effects. Now, a recent study showed that cannabis oil might be helpful in Crohn’s Diseases, alleviating the illness’s symptoms.
“Studies have shown that many people with Crohn’s disease use cannabis regularly to relieve their symptoms. It has always been thought that this improvement was related to a reduction in inflammation in the gut and the aim of this study was to investigate this,” explained Dr. Timna Naftali, a researcher at the Tel Aviv University.
The so-called Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes abdominal pains and severe diarrhea.
Dr. Timna Naftali examined the benefits of cannabis oil in 50 patients with Crohn’s Disease and noticed that a two-month therapy with cannabis oil with a four to one CBD-to-THC ratio triggered a reduction in the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.
New Research Showed That Cannabis Oil Might Be Beneficial In Crohn’s Disease
“We have previously demonstrated that cannabis can produce measurable improvements in Crohn’s disease symptoms but, to our surprise, we saw no statistically significant improvements in endoscopic scores or in the inflammatory markers we measured in the cannabis oil group compared with the placebo group,” said Dr. Timna Naftali in a statement on the new study.
“We know that cannabinoids can have profound anti-inflammatory effects but this study indicates that the improvement in symptoms may not be related to these anti-inflammatory properties,” the researcher added.
On the other hand, cannabis oil showed no beneficial effects on patients with gut inflammation. However, the cannabis oil boosted the quality of life in individuals with Crohn’s Disease.
“There are excellent grounds to believe that the endocannabinoid system is a potential therapeutic target in Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal diseases. For now, however, we can only consider medicinal cannabis as an alternative or additional intervention that provides temporary symptom relief for some people with Crohn’s disease,” Dr. Naftali concluded.