When it comes to treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, we have substantial evidence that cannabis works. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, marijuana is able to reduce IBD symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stool, and weight and appetite loss.
Until now, we weren’t exactly sure why cannabis was so effective in treating chronic gut problems, but a new study from researchers at the University of Massachusetts and University of Bath were able to show the physical manner in which cannabis attacks IBD. The researchers who published the study, which came out in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Monday, weren’t initially looking for marijuana’s effect on the microbiome, but stumbled upon the answer.
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In the gut, a thin layer of epithelial cells mediates between our bodies and the microbial “zoo” living within.