The controversy surrounding the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has been re-ignited recently by the emergence of marijuana dispensaries and physicians that advocate the utilization of the drug to relieve physical ailments that are often associated with serious illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, and Crohn's disease.
In the case of Crohn's disease, the benefits of medical marijuana has been shown to greatly improve the symptoms and side effects of this incurable digestive system disorder. One of the most profound findings regarding the use of marijuana to treat this disease is its effectiveness in reducing the inflamation of the affected section(s) of the bowel and intestine. The main symptom of Crohn's disease is the negative consequences that coexist with the actual inflamation. Researchers have isolated a specific compound found in marijuana known as beta-caryophyllene, which is suspected of having anti-inflamatory properties. The benefits of beta-caryophyllene as an anti-inflamatory shows much promise in relieving many of the agonizing symptoms commonly experienced by Crohn's sufferers.
Another important positive aspect of the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of Crohn's disease is its effect on appetite. The properties in marijuana help ease nausea as well stimulate the appetite of patients with this ailment. One of the most troublesome symptoms of Crohn's is a loss of weight due to the decrease in appetite of patients.
Marijuana, when used to treat the symptoms of Crohn's disease, has been found to reduce loose bowel movements in many patients. Diarrhea is a very serious concern for patients battling this ailment. Limiting the amount of loose stool in patients with Crohn's is a constant battle. While there are other medications that can be used to bulk up the bowel movements, marijuana has far less adverse side effects than traditional pharmacological remedies.
An unfortunate psychological toll often accompanies this intestinal illness. Depression is rather common in Crohn's sufferers due to its chronic, and often times debilitating physical symptoms. Medical marijuana has created a marked improvement in mood and affect in relation to patient's emotional state of being.
While both sides of the medical marijuana debate have good talking points in reference to their individual opinions and research, there is little doubt that the stigma of marijuana use lingers in respect to conventional medicine. However, Crohn's disease symptoms do show improvement with its monitored use.