Can THC treat inflammatory bowel disease?

 

THC reduces inflammation in the stomach and the severity of colitis by killing an enzyme in white blood cells, according to an article In The Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (April 2017)

“A huge amount of preclinical data suggests that gastrointestinal disease is highly amenable to treatment with Cannabis/cannabinoids,” it says.

The article points out that Cannabis is frequently used to alleviate diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. Approximately 84% of cannabis users reported that it improves abdominal pain.

A third Cannabinoid Receptor was recently identified in the stomach and colon.

Clinical trails are currently underway.

 

 

 

 

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