Individuals who suffer from Crohn’s Disease or Colitis can find living a normal life rather difficult. Sufferers do not know when a “flare up” will occur, and it could happen in a place where they least expect it. Despite the rise in the number of people suffering from the condition, research has been patchy at best. There are existing treatments, but many people don’t find success with these solutions, and many have turned to cannabis as a result.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease is a debilitating condition that is characterized by chronic inflammation in the GI (gastrointestinal tract), which results in painful swelling. The swelling can occur anywhere in the GI tract, from the rectum to the oesophagus. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Bleeding from the rectum
- Painful and long lasting abdominal pain
- Periods of constipation and diarrhoea.
How Can Cannabis Help?
Cannabis can help in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease by halting and preventing the rate at which inflammation can occur in the GI tract. Components within cannabis are able to resemble molecules which are in the body naturally, which have shown to decrease or limit GI inflammation.
What strains are on offer? Here are few to take a look at.
Cherry Pie is a popular strain which is used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. This strain is a Sativa, which also acts to increase appetite as well as decreasing pain associated with Crohn’s disease.
This may not sound like a cannabis strain, but it is! Bubblegum is an Indica strain which is characterized by a CBD concentration of approximately 20%. This allows the strain to exhibit pain relief and reduce anxiety. This is the perfect strain for people who want to fight back against tiredness and depression, as well as reducing pain.
American Beauty is another strain to consider. This is a sativa which is strong enough to offer full day pain relief. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that it is great for insomnia and depression. Careful though, as it is stronger than other strains. It is best to try this strain at night, as it will make you feel relaxed, which is ideal when you are wanting to drift off to sleep.
It is hoped that more research is completed to find the perfect strain which eliminates all the symptoms associated with this condition. By using these strains listed above, many Crohn’s disease sufferers can hold down jobs and lead a normal life. For more information on selecting the best strain, use the dispensaries near me open now tool to find your local dispensary, who will be able to offer you some personalized advice as to what strain to use.