Study: Marijuana May Achieve Complete Remission of Crohn’s Disease

Using marijuana may cause a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease, a new study suggests.

Published in the medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology,AGA-CGH-pub1 the study examined the effects of regular marijuana consumption on the development of the severely debilitating Crohn’s disease. Researchers at Israel’s Meir Medical Center found that five of the 11 patients (or nearly half) who smoked twice per day for eight weeks achieved complete remission, compared to none of the patients who were given a placebo. Additionally, another five of the test subjects receiving marijuana saw their symptoms cut in half. And, unlike many of the drugs currently prescribed to treat the illness, there were no significant side effects.

The symptoms of severe Crohn’s disease make it a living nightmare for many patients, who can suffer from bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and fevers.

This study is the first placebo-controlled clinical trial to measure the impact of marijuana consumption on Crohn’s disease. While there is no cure for Crohn’s, scientists are working to keep the symptoms in check and prevent further progression of the disease.

The researchers were hesitant to label the findings a total success, but said that they merit further research.

23 thoughts on “Study: Marijuana May Achieve Complete Remission of Crohn’s Disease”

  1. This is amazing. I have more than a few friends that have suffered with this debilitating illness. It would be great to find something so simple to give them relief.

  2. was diganosed with chrons in 85, started smoking in 86. Relived most of my problems. Only occasional problems since then. WONDER DRUG!!

  3. This is an amazing discovery. Another reason why cannabis should be decriminalized.

  4. Cannabis is the ultimate garden herb. Every part of the plant has a ready use and market but who would want us growing our own medicine in the back yard also? What a crazy thought. Why, Big Pharma would soil their collective britches. Especially when science discovers that marijuana is a very viable and effective treatment for PTSD, and depression, and ADD in children, and on and on. I can grow a powerful and diverse medicine in my garden that would make it unneccesary for me to purchase an entire menu of Big Pharma products. Legal marijuana would make it unneccesary for me to purchase alcohol anymore also…I could chill with the produce from my garden. The money I could save not buying big pharma products and big booze products would be substantial! All those savings from my little garden of grass…whodathunk?

  5. i have had crohns since i was about 9 years old it use to affect me so much that i was in the hospital almost every other week tryin out all different kinds of meds and iv infusions and when i turned about 14 years old i started smokin marijuana and since then i have and hardly any problems whatsoever and i dont take any of the meds they use to have me on cus they never seemed to work at all i use to be in constant pain everyday but not anymore marijuana gave me my life back

  6. I have been advised in Northern California one has to obtain a “license” to permit the use of medical mj, then locate a MD for the script and a reliable/legit source of product. I SO WANT MY SON TO LIVE A QUALITY LIFE. Would appreciate if someone would provide me with specific information of all the aforementioned parts of the process. Placer County of residence. Would like this asap for my son. Really has had a treatment resistant condition since first “officially” diagnosed at 11 yr. old, and will soon be 25 this month. PLEASE help with info asap. Would so deeply be grateful.

  7. I HAVE HAD CHROHN’S DISEASE FOR 30 YEARS…I WAS 17 WHEN DIAGNOSED, TOOK PRESC PILLS FOR THE 1ST YEAR WITH HORRIBLE RESULTS..STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA AT 18 AND HAVE NOT TOUCHED A PRESC PILL SINCE!!!! ALL OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS (EVEN THE ONES THAT ARENT OK WITH MARIJUANA USE) KNOW THAT MARIJUANA HAS KEPT ME OFF THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG HAMSTER WHEEL THAT PEOPLE WITH CHROHN’S GET PUT ON AND THEY NEVER FEEL WELL, I HAVE UPS AND DOWNS BUT FOR 30 YEARS I HAVE NEVER BEEN HOSPITALIZED AND HAVE 3 CHILDREN, 3 GRANDCHILDREN AND A FULL, FULL LIFE!! WOOHOO FOR THIS STUDY!! I KNEW IT ALL ALONG!!!!!

  8. THanks.im struggling aftr beinf diagnosed 20yrs ago n stuck on prescription meds that leave me trapped scared isolated n harrassed by deadbeat gi docs and know it all er physicians who r ready to jump down your throat since you said the word pain.im a ca girl at heart but alas ended my artistic career there to suffer n be back here in wi where there is family for my :ittle boy 4yrs n i..but a building hatred from them due to their impression of this phantom disease.

  9. Diagnosed at age of 16. Smoked weed recreationally between 19 and 33. Quit because it was illegal and had two small children. Didn’t notice anything + or -. Then started drinking which only made whole situation worse. Had two bowel resections and only have a little under 1 foot of large bowel left. Constant loose stool or diarrhea. Quit drinking 5 years ago. Mind clearer now. Crohns still active but mildly so. Big problem is number of times that I have to go to the restroom per day (and night – horrible sleep interrupter). Was in a state with mmj recently for several weeks. Was fortunate enough to be able to obtain some in edible form (I still won’t smoke – bad for your lungs). It worked well. Relieved cramping but most importantly slowed down the bowels dramatically. Actually slept all night. Major reason for taking was neuropathy pain in feet. Relieved that as well. Also lessened arthritis pain I get in hands. Seriously considering moving to a mmj state.
    The feds have to get their act together. Don’t I and all other people in need of pain relief have a right to the medicine that works? Even if it doesn’t “cure” the problem, at least it allows one to live in a modicum of comfort. Need more studies and less governmental meddling. Save the effort for serious drugs like meth and crack cocaine.
    Also, wouldn’t it take a BIG dent out of the cartels business if we could go to Walgreens or CVS and buy product legally grown in the US. Is Archer Daniels Midland listening? (Actually Iwould stick with someone locally)

  10. Forgot to metion that I’m now in my 60s and mmj worked better than any other meds for pain, considering the ill effects of stuff like morphine or hydrocodone.

  11. Jerry,

    Smoking weed is NOT bad for your lungs! Please do the research:) The THC actually protects your lungs!

    Peace!

  12. My daughter is 17 & was diagnosed with crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitius(because her disease is right in the middle of her intestines) IBD & rheumatoid arthritis at age 13. She requires constant hospitalizations, has required feeding tubes, has needed a port-a-cath because of the need of certain meds & still doesnt have much relief & still has more bad days than good days. Over the recent year we have had people tell her to try the medical marijuana it would help her tremendously. At first i was horrified when she told me this but over the past 3-4 months i have been researching it simply because she is feeling worse & dealing with more symptoms. However we live in Va & all i have found out is of course its not legal in our state. So wondering if theres anyone out here who is willing to help me as far as which states its legal in, what kind of dr do i need to take her to get the “card” needed. Basically everything & anytbing that i can actually use to offer my daughter some relief. Thanks in advance

  13. Hi I have crohns and just got out of Hostpial and they wanted to open me up and put Bag and i refused so I need Big Help Due i am Deaf and it tougher on me as i searching for serious Help with my crohns and i need someone that can Help me and Get me started healing my Crohns so Please Contact me Asap It Killing me Because i am only person alive my family all gone and i have no idea or where to start to it soooo hard on me So Need Someone willing to come or Help Get me started Please as It scares me . Pray i get Some Help sooner than later than be Sorry

  14. I didn’t get diagnosed till I was in my mid 40′s. I took Asacol 400mg for 7+ years with no complications at all and my doc told me he thought I was in remission even. Then they stopped making it. Now since Delzicol 400mg is used I’ve had multiple emergency room visits and overnite hospital stays. Have not taken Asacol HD 800mg yet. Anyway, I know most are diagnosed at a young age, which gets me to the big picture. I started smoking marijuana in 7th grade till I graduated college. I was on the honor roll from 7th to 12th grade, had a job and participated in 3 sports lettering in 2. So as I Iook back did smoking marijuana then curtail the diagnoses till later in life. I’m beginning to believe so. I’m really thinking and hoping laws change because I could live life again as it should be!! As a productive person without the pain of this cruel monster known as Crohns.

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