Posted by admin on Oct 24, 2013
Although many Crohn’s sufferers might find it hard to believe, it is possible to recover from the disease. Here’s some stories I’ve found on the Web.
Marlene Barnes, 72, of Cardiff, had part of her colon and intestine removed due to the illness and began grinding up bark for a remedy 16 years ago.
Her consultant told her: “Recent investigations have shown no evidence of active disease.”
An estimated 90,000 people in the UK suffer from Crohn’s disease.
The former RAF clerical officer said she began the treatment because she had “a whole cupboard full of things which didn’t work” and read that tree bark might be able to help.
She first used to cut bark from trees in a local park but was soon travelling around Europe to find a wider range of species.
Ms Barnes said “sheer determination” led her to continue with a trial-and-error approach, even when it made her sick.
“The first bark I tried came from a hazel tree – it felt like a dozen ferrets were having a fight in my stomach,” she said.
“I thought I’m for the morgue this time. Then I started to feel better, a lot better than I felt in a long time and I thought there must be something in it.
“I started trying to work out which was the best, it was real trial and error, I nearly poisoned myself on so many occasions.
Medical marijuana has evolved into a therapy for painful GI disorders involving cramping and bowel disorders. These diseases include Crohn’s disease, Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, and colitis. Patients with these diseases suffer from inflammation, chronic pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and cramping. Medical marijuana often reduces these symptoms significantly.
Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune bowel disorder that inolves chronic inflammation. It causes severe, intense pain and has an unknown cause. The disease is destructive to one’s intestines. Over half a million people in the US are afflicted with Crohn’s. In most states approved for medical marijuana, Crohn’s is an acceptable qualification.
Typical medications used for Crohn’s include immunosuppressive ones such as methotrexate, Imuran, steroids, 6 MP, steroids, Remicade, and Mesalamine. These medications may cause the same symptoms as the disease including , diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and nausea, Steroids have some side effects that may include ulcers, glucose intolerance, adrenal dysfunction, and bone thinning.
Multiple studies have showed promising outcomes for medical marijuana reducing the symptoms of GI disorders like Crohn’s.
edical marijuana has developed into a treatment for painful gastrointestinal disorders that involve bowel inflammation and cramping. These diseases include colitis, Crohn’s disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Often with these diseases patients can suffer from cramping, inflammation, chronic pain, weight loss, and diarrhea. Medical marijuana is often able to alleviate these symptoms substantially.
Crohn’s disease represents a chronic autoimmune inflammatory bowel disorder that causes intense, severe pain. The cause is unknown. Digestion is adversely affected, and in very rare cases it can be fatal. The disease is destructive to the intesting. There are over 500,000 people in the US who suffer from Crohn’s disease. In most states who have approved medical marijuana, Crohn’s disease is an accepted condition for usage.
Traditional medications utilized for Crohn’s include immunosuppressive ones such as Imuran, methotrexate, 6 MP, steroids, Mesalamine, and Remicade. These medications may cause the same symptoms as the disease including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Steroids have some side effects that may include adrenal dysfunction, bone thinning, ulcers, and glucose intolerance.
Various studies have shown promising results for medicinal marijuana alleviating the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s.Cannabis is one of the most medicinal plants in the world, and when prepared into extracts, its true power is released. The main problem with the medicinal cannabis movement at this point in time is its focus on smoking cannabis, or even vaporizing it. The bottom line is that’s not the right way to use cannabis as medicine, as effective as even that can be. Medicine is not intended to be absorbed in a low concentration through the lungs, it is supposed to go through the digestive system in a highly concentrated form. That is why cannabis extract medicine is the true way to use cannabis as medicine, and its effects greatly exceed what smoked cannabis could ever achieve.
There are two main reasons that cannabis extract medicine is better than smoked cannabis. First, extracts are much more concentrated than regular cannabis buds. It takes about a pound of raw cannabis to make two ounces of cannabis oil, meaning the oil is eight times more concentrated than the cannabis itself. For true healing to occur, the body must be saturated with cannabinoids, and at this concentration, such a saturation is achievable. The second reason the extract medicine is superior to smoked cannabis is its method of absorption. Instead of going through the lungs, it passes through the digestive system, which is designed to absorb nutrients rather than oxygen. This gives the body the full benefits of cannabis and can help the body truly heal from disease, rather than just alleviate the symptoms.
Marijuana, cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed – no matter what it is called, marijuana has been demonized for years as being an evil drug. Despite positive research from institutes of study in many countries, medical marijuana (not to be confused with cannabis for recreational use) is still a matter of strong debate. Oddly enough, the debate is hottest not between the general citizens of a country, but between the medical community and the respective governments.
In places where using medical marijuana is legal, studies are ongoing and often produce results that surprise many in the medical community. Others feel the results only serve to enforce the belief that marijuana is not the demon plant propaganda has said it is.
Canadians and Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (related to Crohn’s disease) are serious problems for more over 170,000 Canadians. In fact, Canada has one of the highest rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the world. Sufferers may have persistent diarrhea, fever, cramping and abdominal pain, and rectal bleeding. Many lose their appetite, which can cause unhealthy weight loss, while some are plagued by nausea and vomiting. Crohn’s disease can affect the joints, liver, skin and eyes, as well, and commonly causes great fatigue.