Debilitating Pain, IBS and Medical Marijuana

The amount of pain I am still in is absurd. I have been taking Digestive Ensymes for weeks now, also along with a Probotic and my current Linzess from my Gastroentologist. My stomach is a constant cramp, knotting and ripping apart over and over. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease-affect millions of people. The disorders are different, but each causes a great deal of discomfort and distress and both can be disabling. Painful cramping, chronic diarrhea or constipation, nausea, and inflammation of the intestines are all symptoms of these GI disorders that can be alleviated by cannabis. But the question is do I try it?

I have, and I am not lying. Never ever in my life did one drug. So I am paranoid.  The smell is disgusting, makes me nauseous. So I would have to try a pill form, of some sort. Very scary indeed for me. Whats weird is how in New Jersey Medical Marijuana is not accepted for Pain Management. The amount of pain I am in from an old car accident is unbelievable.

Research suggests that cannabis is effective in treating the symptoms of these GI disorders in part because it interacts with the endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the digestive tract, which can result in calming spasms, assuaging pain, and improving motility. Cannabis has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and recent research has demonstrated that cannabinoids are immune system modulators, either enhancing or suppressing immune response.

Cannabis has a long documented history of use in treating GI distress, going back more than a century in western medicine, and far longer in the east. While clinical studies on the use of cannabis for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders have been largely limited to investigations on nausea suppression and appetite stimulation–two conditions for which cannabis has been consistently shown to be highly effective – the evidence in support of cannabis therapy for other gastrointestinal diseases and disorders is also strong. There is now extensive anecdotal evidence from patients with IBS, Crohn’s disease and other painful GI disorders that cannabis eases cramping and helps modulate diarrhea, constipation and acid reflux. Recent laboratory research on the endogenous cannabinoid system in humans has identified that there are many cannabinoid receptors located in both the large and small intestines.

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