Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. It causes a range of symptoms: abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue and anemia. Although some sufferers are symptom-free for long periods, many develop chronic symptoms they struggle with daily.
Crohn’s disease is rare, but it can develop at any time. Since one of the most noticeable symptoms is abdominal cramping, Crohn’s might be mistaken for a wide range of other conditions that can cause this pain, including irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis.
Crohn’s is one of the inflammatory bowel diseases believed to affect up to 1.6 million Americans. Most sufferers are diagnosed before they are 35. About 700,000 people in the U.S. have Crohn’s specifically, characterized by immune system interference with gastrointestinal function.
Between 1992 and 2004, there was 74 percent growth in the number of doctor visits related to Crohn’s. Given the prevalence of the disease, there may be hundreds of sufferers in Arizona, with the majority living in the Phoenix metro area.
How Can Medical Cannabis Help Crohn’s Disease in Arizona?
Crohn’s disease is treated based on the specific symptoms it presents in each case. Sometimes, the effects may be centered in the stomach, colon, anus and elsewhere. The disorder can also include extreme pain in the joints and painful ulcers, abscesses and swelling.
In many states where medical marijuana is used, Crohn’s is on the list of qualifying conditions. If not treated, Crohn’s can be debilitating and may make it difficult or impossible for sufferers to get around, work or participate in other daily activities.
Inflammation and painful swelling are typical parts of Crohn’s that can be combated by using medical marijuana regularly. Many patients with Crohn’s do not smoke cannabis daily, but only when they feel symptoms are beginning to become noticeable. Other patients use treatments to help them with night sweats and other sleep disturbances brought on by the condition.
With prompt treatment at the appropriate times, it may be possible to prevent inflammation from worsening and reduce the amount of time it will be active. On our menu, both indica and sativa have proven effective for patients. THC-rich Papa’s OG can be a good place to start.
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