Mar 31, 2016 9:35 AM

How can medical marijuana help with GASTRITIS?

Definition of gastritis

Gastritis is an inflammation condition associated with many things going on in the body. When your stomach lining is inflamed, it is a sure sign of gastritis. It may be caused by bad habits, whether its alcohol or cigarettes, prolonged use of anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), stress or Helicobacter pylori bacteria. It may come as a complication after severe illnesses, injury or operation. In addition to that, autoimmune disorders, cocaine and viral infection also may result in gastritis. People with gastritis usually have upper abdominal pain and heartburn, more intense symptoms are nausea and vomiting, or bloating. If you notice that your stool is very dark, it means that stomach bleeds, because of its lining is eroded. In this case, prompt treatment is needed to avoid more complications.

How can medical marijuana help?

Gastritis has two forms: acute and chronic. Respectively, there may be several conventional options for gastritis treatment. Traditionally, doctors recommend avoiding food that bother a patient, additionally use antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors to treat gastritis. In the case, when H. pyroli is the cause, antibiotics are prescribed. Needless to say, that no medicine comes without side effects, some are less harmful, while the others may lead to more issues. For example, antacids, that are used to treat mild gastritis, are aimed at neutralizing the acid in the stomach and bring relief, although they also cause nausea, constipation, diarrhea and headache. Other medications may be prescribed to control the side effects, in case they get more severe or intense. H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors are used to reduce the production of the acid by the cells responsible for that function. Forced impact on the body cells makes them fail normal performance and come with more failures. Thankfully, gastritis may be treated with medical marijuana, or, it may be used to increase effectiveness of conventional treatment. Medical marijuana naturally works with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body to regulate a lot of processes. Fascinating is the fact, that our body produces substances, called cannabinoids, they regulate appetite and digestive processes, mood, pain sensation, sleep.

When the body fails to do its duties, natural cannabinoids can help. But where can we find them outside the human body? Answer is: “In marijuana!" It's rich with natural ingredients called cannabinoids, the most studied two are TCH and CBD. In 2005, the research of the the Bath and Bristol University showed, that CB1 and CB2 receptors in our digestive system respond to natural cannabinoids and slow down the gut motility, reduce the pain from muscle spasms and lower chances for diarrhea. The use of cannabis increases the healing chances by 50%. Countless studies on marijuana have been done since 1975, they all proved that marijuana used in medical purposes is more, if not the most, effective in reducing nausea and pain, stimulating appetite, improving sleep. Many cancer patients have benefited from using medical marijuana and improved quality of their lives. It is important to know which strains are effective for this or that case. Sativa gives more energy, stimulates immunity, while Indica stimulates appetite more. If you consider making your treatment more effective with cannabis or use it alone, consult your doctor concerning what strain to use. A hybrid combines the effects of both strains and also is a good option.

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