Cannabis, colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease

“These findings suggest that Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Colorectal Cancer may be amenable to cannabinoid treatment.” 

Cannabinoids are strongly protective against intestinal inflammation and diseases of the gastrointestinal system (including cancer), according to researchers from Austria and Germany.  

“The gut is an organ with a well-organized endocannabinoid system, said the study, published in Scientific Reports, February 20, 2019. 

Link suspected for decades

The link between a healthy gut and well-functioning endocannabinoid system (ECS) has long been shown in experimental research.

Multiple lab studies of human cancer tissue have over the past decade shown a malfunctioning ECS may contribute to certain colon cancers.

Cannabis takes care of abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to patients who’ve been surveyed.

And physicians have observed that patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis often self-medicate with cannabis.

The paper “Members of the endocannabinoid system are distinctly regulated in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer” was published online in Scientific Reports, February 20, 2019.

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