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All About Crohn’s

Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which often leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation that’s caused by Crohn’s can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. This inflammation often spreads into the deeper layers of the bowel.

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Symptoms

Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. Symptoms include:

Causes of Crohn’s

We don’t yet know what the exact cause of Crohn’s disease is but research done has gotten us closer to the answer. At one point doctors and scientists believed diet and stress were the cause, but now doctors know that these factors may exacerbate the disease but not cause it. Several factors, such as heredity and a malfunctioning immune system, likely play a role in its development.

Prognosis

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong, chronic condition that varies widely from person to person. There’s currently no cure for the disease. Treatment for Crohn’s disease typically involves a customized program to reduce the inflammation that triggers many symptoms.

Medical Marijuana and Crohn’s

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana (MM) eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and nausea that comes along with the disease in addition to boosting the patient’s mood.

Marijuana strains that help with Crohn’s symptoms include:

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