The term “inflammatory bowel disease” or IBD refers to a number of inflammation related conditions that primarily affect the small intestine and the colon. The two most common diseases of this sort are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. All these diseases are potentially painful and can cause a great deal of discomfort. For some patients, marijuana use may provide considerable relief from the pain.
Colitis is condition characterized by a swelling or an inflammation in the colon. It can be caused by many factors including viral infection, bacterial infection, and food poisoning. Colitis may also be caused by disorders involving the digestive system such as Crohn’s disease.
Some types of colitis seem to respond favorably to medical marijuana use. Although marijuana by itself is not an effective treatment remedy for colitis, its soothing effect may be beneficial for the recovery period.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that primarily affects the intestinal tract. Among the most common symptoms of the condition are: pain in the abdomen, unexplained weight loss, fever, bleeding from the rectum, skin and eye irritation, and diarrhea.
Upon the advice of a medical doctor, marijuana may be taken to help deal with the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. This can be especially useful for reducing the pain caused by the disease.