LearnUncategorizedGastrointestinal disorders benefit greatly from medical marijuana

April 25, 201917

Those suffering from a gastrointestinal disorder often find their lives ruled by the disease.

There are numerous disorders that fall under the GI umbrella, including irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux and inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Symptoms can be debilitating, and may include:

  • Painful cramping
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Diverticulitis (inflammation or infection of the digestive tract)
  • Gas and/or bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

In general, treatment options include antibiotics, dietary changes and surgical intervention.

Some of the prescription medications used to battle GI disorders come with serious side effects including high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, loss of muscle mass, neuropathy, depression, difficulty urinating and insomnia, among many others. In many cases, the side effects are either just as dangerous as the disorder the drug was treating or more so.

While researchers aren’t certain what causes gastrointestinal problems, stress is a factor, according to Dr. Christine Frissora, a gastroenterologist at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, because stress boosts levels of the hormone norepinephrine, which in turn elevates bacteria levels in the gut.

Added bacteria that can’t be controlled by the body’s antioxidants could lead to digestive woes.

Medical marijuana, however, could make other treatment options obsolete, and not just because it offers natural stress relief and has very few reported side effects.

There are several reasons, including marijuana’s powerful ability to act as an antioxidant, reducing free radical activity, that medical marijuana has been gaining traction as a treatment option for gastrointestinal disorders.

The cannabinoids in marijuana, especially THC and CBD, activate the cannabinoid receptors in the GI tract, which not only helps ease inflammation, improving gut function, but also helps promote healing of damaged GI tract tissue, potentially healing ulcers as well.

Studies of medical marijuana on gastrointestinal disorders date back to the 1970s, and research reveals that in addition to reducing tissue damage and inflammation, the cannabinoids in cannabis also help restore and regulate a healthy digestive tract by boosting the immune system, which lives primarily in the gut, improving overall health.

The same cannabinoids also help ease pain by mimicking the endocannabinoids the body makes naturally, which are responsible for a variety of functions including pain management.

They also help ease cramping by encouraging the relaxing contractions of the smooth muscle of the intestines.

“For patients . . . who suffer simultaneously from severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss, cannabinoid drugs might offer broad-spectrum relief not found in any other single medication,” reported the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit now known as the National Academy of Medicine.

A 2014 study from a team of researchers from the University of Colorado, Aurora and at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical University in New Hampshire found that the endocannabinoid system plays such a big role in the gastrointestinal system that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana have to be helpful.

“Marijuana … appears to hold promise as a modifier of gastrointestinal symptoms,” researchers said. “As medical marijuana use continues to grow in the United States, physicians must take the lead in understanding the risks and benefits in order to provide accurate information to patients.”

If you or a loved one has a gastrointestinal disorder and want to get medical marijuana treatment in Puerto Rico, we can help. We make the process easy. Click here to get started.  This process is legal and your privacy is assured.


  • Florence Gangelhoff

    June 12, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

  • eebest8 best

    June 26, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    “I cannot thank you enough for the post.Really thank you! Much obliged.”

  • drug rehab inpatient

    July 16, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thx again

  • mentes en forma

    July 22, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Just wanna input that you have a very decent website , I like the design and style it actually stands out.

  • seguros de casas

    July 23, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  • best burger pittsburgh

    July 24, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Hi my loved one! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and include almost all significant infos. I would like to look extra posts like this.

  • blog here

    July 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Wonderful site. Plenty of useful information here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks for your sweat!

  • teacup yorkie for sale near me

    July 26, 2019 at 1:32 am

    That is the suitable blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You notice so much its virtually onerous to argue with you (not that I really would want…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just nice!

  • see page

    July 31, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Hey there! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa? My blog discusses a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

  • Cake Smash Photography

    August 7, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Hiya! I just want to give a huge thumbs up for the good info you have right here on this post. I can be coming back to your weblog for more soon.

  • site here

    August 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Great post. I am facing a couple of these problems.

  • important link

    August 7, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Whats up this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  • in this

    August 9, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  • view

    August 9, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Very fantastic information can be found on site.

  • get the facts

    August 9, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I like this site because so much utile material on here : D.

  • you could try this out

    August 10, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is excellent, as well as the content!

  • artificial green walls

    August 16, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I have been surfing on-line more than 3 hours these days, yet I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is pretty price enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did, the internet might be much more helpful than ever before.

Comments are closed.

© Copyright 2016 – 2020 Tropizen LLC. All Rights Reserved.