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Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Medical Marijuana

Patients in Pennsylvania can now legally obtain medical cannabis to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Up to 1.6 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Exact symptoms and severity may differ, but for people with inflammatory bowel disease, daily life is greatly influenced by the way their digestive system behaves. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea weight loss, rectal bleeding, and fatigue.

Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Doctors don't have a clear picture of what causes inflammatory bowel disease. However, some potential risk factors include:


●  Smoking cigarettes
●  Family history of inflammatory bowel disease
●  Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. These medications may increase the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease or worsen disease in people who have inflammatory bowel disease.
●  Living in northern climates in industrialized countries

Links

Can Cannabis help with your IDB symptoms?

IBD News Today

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Therapeutic Use of Cannabis in IBD

National Institutes of Health

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Medical Marijuana and IBD: Is the treatment right for you?

Health Central

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Cannabis for IBD

Karger

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