When cannabis met Crohn’s: a love story

Pot improves symptoms of Crohn’s disease but — contrary to previous medical thinking — has no effect on gut inflammation.

That’s the finding of a team of researchers from Israel led by Dr Timna Naftali. In the first study of its kind, Naftali’s team found that cannabis oil significantly relieved the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and improved the quality of life of patients, even though it had no impact on gut inflammation.

Crohn’s is a severe type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a long-term condition that affects 10 million people worldwide. In IBD, the immune system attacks tissue in the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation.

In the case of Crohn’s disease, the inflammation can occur in any part of the gut between the mouth and the anus.

Symptoms vary from person to person and can significantly impact quality of life. These can include diarrhoea, bleeding, constipation, abdominal pain, feeling an urgent need

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