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CBD for Crohn’s Disease [Why it Works]

How CBD can Help Treat Crohn’s Disease

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical found in cannabis, and although it comes from the same plant as THC, it doesn’t contain any psychoactive effects, meaning it won’t get you “stoned.” CBD also has very mild side effects in comparison to almost all other medications, and it poses no risk of addiction. Thus, it is a great option for patients looking for pain relief – especially those who want to avoid opioids and their adverse effects.

Pharmaceutical medications can help in treating the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, but side effects (such as those mentioned above) can often do more harm than good. As research into cannabis intensifies, scientists are discovering how cannabinoids may be a much less risky way to treat Crohn’s disease.

CBD is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. Our body consists of a number of cannabinoids that interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors which can be found in the intestines, brain, colon, and central nervous system. CBD acts a cannabinoid which binds itself to these special receptors in our body when we consume it. When this happens, the active CBD gives the receptors the ability to relieve nausea, pain and ill feelings. In essence, CBD helps to limit the pain and swelling associated with Crohn’s disease which ultimately makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight, eat, and live a comfortable life.

There was a great article published on GreenRushDaily which explains CBD and Crohn’s Disease in a very easy to understand way. The following was stated: “When CBD links up with your body’s cannabinoid receptors, it helps regulate pain and discomfort while helping to decrease inflammation and improve appetite. All of this combines to give Crohn’s patients an effective and safe form of treatment.”

The good news is that the body is already known to contain cannabinoid receptors in the gastrointestinal tract and immune cells in great quantities, and this provides significant benefits in terms of pain and inflammation reduction.

One of the most prevalent reasons that Crohn’s patients choose to use CBD, in fact, is because it contains amazing anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. It was found that CBD has the potential to stimulate the use of additional white blood cells which, in addition to helping fight against inflammation, helps to fight off illness and disease. Of course, this is ideal for Crohn’s patients.

Furthermore, a study published by the National Institute of Health discovered that CBD contains anti-bacterial effects, which is particularly beneficial to Crohn’s patients because gastrointestinal infections are common among people who suffer from chronic GI conditions.

Typically, if you are experiencing inflammation or pain that is chronic or long-lasting, your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is out of sync. The ECS resides in the brain and helps to regulate all internal systems of the body, including the gut. Simply put, the ECS is responsible for telling the body how much acid to have in the blood, what temperature to be, and even — you guessed it — how much pain to feel.

It’s also closely associated with your immune system, which makes CBD a great compound for treating autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Moreover, cannabis can help the body “figure out” how to work properly without giving negative side effects. In other words, CBD provides help from chemicals outside the brain, and also helps to pump up and revamp chemicals that are already in the brain that may need a “pick me up.”

By using CBD to treat Crohn’s disease, you are attacking the disease in all of the places that it is attacking the body – CBD reduces pain, protects the stomach, and decreases inflammation. Essentially, it’s an all-in-one medication that has a short (and even non-existent) list of side-effects.

MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 8, 2018

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