Ulcerative Colitis and Medical Marijuana in Ohio
Ohio patients suffering from Ulcerative Colitis now qualify for medical marijuana in Ohio. Ulcerative Colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that affects 1-2 million people in the United States and is even more common than Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal disorder that is specific to the inner lining of the colon. People living with Ulcerative Colitis can live with the disease in ‘remission’, meaning they are not currently experiencing any side effects of the disease, or they are currently experiencing inflammation or having a ‘flare-up’. Common side effects of the disease when someone is experiencing a flare-up include diarrhea, bloody bowel movements, mucus in the stool, abdominal pain, rectal pain and urgency, fever, and weight loss. Medical marijuana has shown to be a successful way to alleviate these symptoms, making living with the condition more manageable.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Treat Ulcerative Colitis?
Ensuring good nutrition is a major key to helping treat Ulcerative Colitis. Medical marijuana can help those with Ulcerative Colitis maintain their appetite, as THC is an appetite stimulant. When rich, high-fat foods are consumed the body’s natural endocannabinoid system works with the receptors in the body to move it through the GI tract. CB1 receptors respond by regulating a wide variety of functions such as acid secretion, stomach emptying, along the ability to move food through the GI tract. THC is extremely useful for helping alleviate pain, cramping, and vomiting. CBD also has great anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe one’s GI tract. Reducing the inflammation in your gut is essential to avoid further unwanted side effects. Patients in Ohio suffering from Ulcerative Colitis can find relief from a wide variety of products available at Ohio dispensaries. Products with the terpene Beta-Caryophyllene are known for working well with inflammatory conditions and diarrhea. Products with a higher THC percentage with the terpene Myrcene can provide relief for pain, and overall relax the body. Patients can also find mixed ratio products that include CBD in addition to THC being present to work to treat inflammation in the gut.
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