“From first surveys and small clinical studies in patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases), we have learned that cannabis is frequently used to alleviate diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite,” says an article in The Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
“Single ingredients from cannabis, such as THC and cannabidiol … are responsible for these effects,” said the researchers from medical schools in Germany and Austria.
They concluded that “a huge amount of preclinical data suggests that gastrointestinal disease is “highly amenable to treatment with Cannabis/ cannabinoids.”
Experimental research also showed that THC destroyed an enzyme in white blood cells that causes inflammation in the stomach and can and reduce the severity of colitis, they said.
The authors recommended that treatment with Cannabis/cannabinoids for IBD should not be recommended until clinical trials can be completed.
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