Belly pain. Diarrhea. Fever. Anal fissures. Risk of anemia. Crohn's disease is, by all accounts, hell to live with. If all that wasn't bad enough, no one knows what causes Crohn's. Perhaps worst of all? The social isolation and embarrassment.
Some Crohn's sufferers, however, have been speaking out about a new treatment that's been giving them some relief. Cannabis, apparently, helps some patients manage symptoms, especially the pain and nausea, without side effects.
In an interview with High Times, Faith Phoenix Ward says she was completely debilitated by diarrhea, erythema nodosum, and severe joint pain until she started taking 60 mg of the cannabinoid CBD daily. She says her symptoms disappeared within six months.
The evidence isn't strictly anecdotal. A small study of 21 Crohn's patients unresponsive to traditional treatments found smoking 115 mg of THC daily achieved remarkable results: complete remission in five of 11 subjects in the cannabis group (45 percent), versus just one of 10 in the placebo group. Those given marijuana reported it eased pain, limited the frequency of diarrhea, and helped with weight gain.
While the results haven't yet been investigated in controlled trials, the prospective trial might offer a glimmer of hope for some Crohn's sufferers - especially those who have access to a doctor open to prescribing medical marijuana.
h/t High Times