Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… COLITIS?

Definition of Colitis.

Colitis is a group of medical conditions associated with inflammation of the colon. Colitis is treated more as a symptom rather than an ailment, and may be a sign of serious digestive tract disorders. However, chronic colitis is a condition on its own, and has to be coped with like any other distinctive disease. Signs of chronic colitis may include abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, frequent but insufficient stool, blood or muscus in the stool, diarrhea and distention. Possible causes of colitis are determined based on whether the illness is acute or chronic. Multiple blood test indicators have to be taken into account, in order to determine if it is a primary or secondary condition.

During colitis, the colon's blood supply is hindered or cut off completely. Depending on severity, patients may be admitted into hospital care. Treatment must be targeted primarily on the underlying cause, whether it is viral or bacterial infection, or other ailment which is causing colitis as secondary condition. In some cases, however, recovery may be limited to the sole treatment of symptoms, especially if the underlying cause remains unidentified. And that is where medical marijuana may come of use.

How can medical marijuana help?

Palliative treatment of colitis symptoms, such as digestion problems, appetite loss, moderate stomach and bowel pain, may be successfully achieved with medical marijuana. Cannabis is a proven appetite booster, and recent evidence also suggests that cannabidol increases the metabolism intensity among cells. This helps digest food faster, and basically prevents fecal masses from remaining in the colon for too long. If the pain induced by colitis is not too deliberating, medical marijuana can also act as pain reliever, which is proven by cancer-related studies. Finally, colitis often comes with discomfort that is more psychological than physical. Frequent urges for defecation may seriously alter normal daily routine, and with medical marijuana, patients would be able to alleviate stress, while decreasing the frequency of bowel movements at the same time. Once again, not all types of colitis are to be treated with medical marijuana. It is preferable to target the underlying cause rather than symptoms. But if the reason is unclear, or examination results suggest that all vitals are within normal, medical marijuana may be prescribed to help the patient recover faster.

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