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A lot of attention has been placed on CBD products to fight Morbus Crohn disease. This is because of Cannabidiol’s (CBD) anti-inflammatory properties. Morbus Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A disease which is both painful and debilitating for people who suffer from it. Characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract, it often spreads to the deep layers of the bowel tissue. Furthermore, it can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. Currently, there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease. The available treatments focus mostly on relieving symptoms to improve quality of life. In rare cases, this can also lead to remission.
Abdominal pain and cramping
Blood in your stool
Reduced appetite and weight loss
Pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from fistula
Inflammation of skin, eyes, and joints
Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
We discussed already the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD in another article. Furthermore, cannabinoid receptors (part of the endocannabinoid system) are located in both the intestinal system as well as the immune system. This is why cannabinoids (such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or CBD) show great potential as a safe and effective therapeutic medium. As a matter of fact, CBD has great potential to treat inflammatory bowel diseases. This includes Morbus Crohn’s. Scientists hypothesize that CBD can help manage the symptoms of Crohn’s disease because of:
Inflammation is the main underlying cause of IBD related diseases such as Morbus Crohn. Cannabidiol has been shown to reduce intestinal inflammation by targeting enteric reactive gliosis. Those are responsible for the intestinal damage and inflammation associated with Crohn’s.
Cannabidiol has been shown to significantly reduce chronic pain by activating the α3 GlyRs receptors. Those, play an important role in the sensation of pain.
Stress and anxiety can make the symptoms of Crohn’s disease worse. This is why, for many sufferers, managing stress, as well as anxiety, is an important part of their treatment regime. Read more about how Cannabidiol helps to reduce stress and anxiety.