Crohn’s disease affects an estimated 3.1 million adults in the U.S. This is a sharp increase within the past 20 years; In 1999, 2 million adults were diagnosed. Essentially, Crohn’s disease is considered inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, and can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms.
Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment for Crohn’s disease currently. Instead, various surgeries and medicines are used to alleviate symptoms and prevent flare-ups. When Crohn’s is active and causing inflammation, the following symptoms are commonly experienced by patients:
Because these symptoms can be rather life-altering, it’s essential that better treatments are developed to help patients suffering from Crohn’s. Luckily, CBD oil is showing promise with users worldwide.
In October of 2018, results were released from an extensive study done on CBD and Crohn’s disease. 46 people participated in this study in which some received a placebo, and others received a dosages containing 15 percent cannabidiol and 4 percent THC. More studies are required, note researchers, but these results showed promise with a remarkable 65 percent of the CBD group showing full remission symptoms. Those given a placebo only showed remission in 35 percent of the group.
Crohn’s disease is still not very well understood, including why some people get it. Contributing factors could be a virus, bacteria, or other environmental elements. With this being a disease of the gut, however, researchers believe CBD may be effective in relieving symptoms because CBD can slow down the movement of food and reduce intestinal secretions.
It’s important to note that CBD is not being looked at as a cure for Crohn’s, but as a potentially effective symptom reducer.
When you’re living with Crohn’s disease, relief from its symptoms is important. Current treatments for symptoms rely heavily on antibiotics, whereas CBD oil can potentially offer a more natural option. Many sufferers are reporting positive results from taking CBD for Crohn’s disease, but studies are still being concluded.
Given all this information, the decision to begin a CBD regiment to treat Crohn’s symptoms is one you should make with your doctor; This is especially important if you are currently taking prescription medications. Do not stop taking any of your current medications without consulting with your physician first.
Due to users responding differently to CBD, and because the symptoms being treated vary, there is no set standard for how much to take. It is recommended that you start your treatment with the lowest dose, between 5-10 mg, and work your way up from there as needed. Some users have reported taking an average of 222 mg per day, depending on the severity of symptoms.
While rare, there is a possibility you can experience certain side effects from taking CBD, such as:
If you’re planning on adding CBD into your Crohn’s treatment regiment, please involve your physician in your decision. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without discussing it with your physician.