What is Crohn’s Disease?
Before we go into the best ways to use CBD for Crohn’s disease let’s first go into what Crohn’s disease is. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory disease that can affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the perianal area. Symptoms depend on the location of the disease, however, many patients experience some aspect of recurrent abdominal pain, nausea, emesis, and unintentional weight loss. A common and challenging dilemma is how to manage patients who continue to have some degree of symptoms despite a common treatment regimen typically consisting of corticosteroids, thiopurines, methotrexate, or anti-TNF alpha therapies. With the recent wave of medicinal cannabis legalization in many states, many patients have begun using commercially available cannabidiol-containing compounds (also known as CBD) as an adjunct therapy for their symptoms related to chronic inflammation and pain.
Use of CBD for Crohn’s Disease & Pain Relief
CBD helps relax muscle spasms, not just to relieve the pain symptoms, like most over-the-counter pain medications that contain ibuprofen. CBD actually helps with painful contractions associated with Crohn’s Disease. CBD is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. Our body consists of a number of cannabinoids that interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors which can be found in the intestines, brain, colon, and central nervous system. CBD acts as a cannabinoid that binds itself to these special receptors in our body when consumed. As this happens, the active CBD gives the receptors the ability to relieve nausea, pain, and ill feelings. In essence, using CBD for Crohn’s Disease ultimately helps with this pain making it easier to maintain a healthy weight, eat regularly, and live a more comfortable life. Click the edit button to change this text.
How much CBD Should You Intake?
For mild digestive issues, CBD oil dosages from 25 mg to 50 mg per day usually shows the relief patients are looking for when dealing with symptoms for Crohn’s Disease. You can test the dosage for what amount works best for you and choose how to take CBD oil in a manner that is comfortable for you. For severe digestive issues, you will take at least 90 mg to 100 mg of full-spectrum ‘CBD oil per day for three weeks. When the strongest symptoms have retreated after this period, you can reduce it to 60 mg per day for another three weeks. When your doctor informs you that your endoscopy is normal’ again, it is recommended to keep taking a small maintenance dosing of 20 to 25 mg per day.