If you or a loved one is struggling with Crohn’s Disease, you should know that medical marijuana is now available in Pennsylvania for treating symptoms of this condition.
Medical marijuana has recently been discovered to be a highly beneficial treatment option for Chron’s Disease. Cannabis helps relieve anxiety and pain, both prevalent symptoms of the disease. This makes marijuana an ideal alternative to opioids to help provide treatment for people suffering from the disease.
Patients living with Crohn’s Disease are eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in PA. Compassionate Certification Centers is here to help!
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that causes an inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract. It can cause diarrhea, malnutrition, weight loss, fatigue, and abdominal pain. Inflammation affects people differently and can occur anywhere in the gut between the mouth and the anus. The disease may take a toll on a person’s quality of life, and at the moment, there is no permanent cure for it. However, many people have managed to alleviate their symptoms using medical marijuana, thus creating a better quality of life.
What is the Diagnosis for the Disease?
The diagnosis of Crohn’s is evaulated after a detailed analysis of your symptoms. After the doctor has ruled out all other possibilities for your symptoms, he may diagnose you with Crohn’s disease. It can be confirmed if your gut contains a cluster of inflammatory cells called Granulomas. A number of tests are also performed to help make adiagnosis, such as a CT scan, colonoscopy, MRI, endoscopy, or balloon-assisted enteroscopy.
What Causes Chron’s Disease?
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact causes of the disease. Diet and stress had been known as the major causes of the disease, but are now only viewed as aggravating factors. There may be hereditary causes, as well as a weak immune system that cause the disease.
Common Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
People suffering from this chronic disease often experience symptoms that have a deteriorating effect on their daily life. Due to this, it is important to note that cannabis may not always mitigate inflammation to alleviate the disease, but may help in relieving certain symptoms that are prevalent in the disease. The major symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Extreme diarrhea
- Weight loss and malnutrition
- Fatty stools
- Induced stress
- Eye infections
- Joint pain
- Skin rashes
- Blood clots
- Mouth ulcers
To qualify for medical marijuana, you must be diagnosed with the illness on Pennsylvania’s list of qualifying conditions.
Qualifying Conditions of Chron’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease of Small Intestine and/or Large Intestine
- Crohn’s (Granulomatous) Colitis
- Gastroduodenal Crohn’s Disease
- Regional Enteritis
Medical Marijuana for Crohn’s Disease
There is no known cure for the disease, although treatments are available to help alleviate the symptoms. Since the main cause of the disease itself is unknown, it is difficult to determine the proper treatments for it. The only treatments for the disease is to help relieve the symptoms or improve the person’s quality of life.
Cannabis contains cannabinoids, chemicals that have specific effects on a person’s immune system, their brain, and their central nervous system. Here are some of the benefits provided by medical marijuana:
- Reduce inflammation
- Relieve pain
- Lower anxiety levels
- Lessen nausea
- Increase appetite
In addition to medical marijuana, CBD oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. However, the use of these drugs must be administered under the guidance of a certified physician.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card for Crohn’s Disease
You must obtain a medical cannabis card to legally use marijuana as a treatment option. And Compassionate Certification Centers is here to help you. Follow the steps below to get started:
- Gather all of your medical records
- Schedule an appointment
- Meet with one of our marijuana doctors
- Get your medical marijuana card
We are here to provide you with the support, care, and guidance you need to get certified in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. Schedule an appointment with us at 888-316-9085 to start your evaluation process!