Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are serious inflammatory bowel diseases characterized by bouts pain and diarrhea. Severe persistent symptoms can require surgical removal of the affected portion of the bowel and in worst cases a permanent colostomy. There is no cure and prescription medications often provide little relief.
Patients report that cannabis is very effective in helping to control the pain, decrease the frequency of diarrhea, while restoring a normal appetite. Many patients report no progression of their disease after starting cannabis.
Irritable bowel disorder is a common often under diagnosed illness characterized by abdominal pain and bloating with alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation.
Some patients report the constant sensation of needing to move their bowels but cannot do so.
When examined, the rectal vault is empty. It is felt that this highly uncomfortable condition is caused by spasm.
Although not life threatening any form of IBS can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life. Prescription medications are often ineffective and have intolerable side effects such as dry mouth, rapid heartbeat or sedation.
For many of these same patients cannabis has been very effective in treating IBS in all its varieties.
Many patients report a complete or near complete alleviation of their symptoms and feel normal with cannabis. Many patients have stated that cannabis had them feeling well for the first time in years.
Cannabis has also been effective in decreasing the pain and loss of appetite associated with esophageal reflux. This has been a consistent finding is cannabis practices.