Crohn’s disease affects millions of people around the world. It is a chronic inflammatory disease. Some of the symptoms are: diarrhea, abdominal pain and fatigue. Medical cannabis, which is legal in some countries, has been proposed as a possible treatment. We’ll be covering how to find the right strain of cannabis that can manage Crohn’s disease symptoms.
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System
Before looking at specific strains, you need to understand the role that the endocannabinoid system (ECS), plays in managing Crohn’s disease symptoms. The ECS is composed of a network of receptors as well as enzymes and phyto-endocannabinoids. This complex network plays an essential role in regulating many physiological processes, including inflammation.
Research has shown that activation of the CB1-CB2 cannabinoid receptive (CB1/CB2) in the ECS can help to reduce inflammation and improve the immune system. Both of these are crucial factors in managing Crohn’s symptoms. Crohn’s patients may benefit from cannabis strains high-in cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC.
The Right Cannabis Strain
There are some things you need to keep in mind when selecting the best cannabis strain for Crohn’s disease management. First, consider the strain’s profile in cannabinoids. THC as well as CBD have anti-inflammatory qualities, but CBD has been found to be particularly effective at managing gut inflammation. Cannabis strains high in CBD might be a good choice to Crohn’s sufferers.
A terpene profile for the strain is another important consideration. Terpenes (aromatic compounds found in cannabis) can enhance the effects of cannabinoids and can provide additional therapeutic benefits. The anti-inflammatory properties of the terpene beta-caryophyllene have been confirmed and could help with gut motility. Other terpenes can help relieve stress and anxiety. They can also be helpful in managing chronic illness’ emotional toll.
Top Treatments to Treat Crohn’s Symptoms
We have discussed the basics involved in choosing the right strain. Now let’s discuss some of the top strains used for managing Crohn’s disease symptoms.
A cannabis strain known for its high CBD level and low THC. This strain is great for relieving pain and inflammation without any psychoactive effects.
ACDC is another high CBD strain. It has been shown that ACDC can be used to manage symptoms of Crohn’s disease including pain, inflammation and diarrhea.
Is a hybrid strain of cannabis that contains a balance THC/CBD ratio. The terpene profile includes beta-caryophyllene as well as pinene. It is an excellent option for managing inflammation in the stomach and promoting relaxation.
Sour Diesel is best known for its stimulating and energizing qualities. However, it also includes a terpene profile including beta-caryophyllene or limonene that can aid in stress management and inflammation.
Blue Dream has a balanced amount of THC/CBD and a variety of terpenes that include myrcene. Blue Dream can be used for pain management as well as relaxation.
Management of Crohn’s disease symptoms can prove difficult and complex. However, medical marijuana has emerged as a viable treatment option. Crohn’s patients can be helped to manage their symptoms by understanding the role the endocannabinoid process and choosing the correct cannabis strain based upon cannabinoid, terpene profile. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if medical hemp is a safe, effective and safe treatment option.