New Study: Crohn's Disease Mitigated By Cannabis

The federal government steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the therapeutic utility of the cannabis plant, stating as recently as this past July that it possesses:

“a high potential for abuse; … no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; … [and] lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision. … [T]here are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving (marijuana’s) efficacy; the drug is not accepted by qualified experts. … At this time, the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits in well-controlled clinical trials that scientifically evaluate safety and efficacy.”

Yet, almost daily, scientific journals from around the globe expose the absurdity of the administration’s longstanding ‘flat Earth’ position regarding the medical use of cannabis.
Below is a just published abstract from yet another scientific study establishing the safety and efficacy of cannabis. Your government will state categorically that studies like these don’t exist. Your government is lying to you.

Treatment of Crohn’s disease with cannabis: an observational study
via PubMed
Isr Med Assoc J. 2011 Aug;13(8):455-8.
BACKGROUND: The marijuana plant cannabis is known to have therapeutic effects, including improvement of inflammatory processes. However, no report of patients using cannabis for Crohn’s disease (CD) was ever published.
OBJECTIVES: To describe the effects of cannabis use in patients suffering from CD.
METHODS: In this retrospective observational study we examined disease activity, use of medication, need for surgery, and hospitalization before and after cannabis use in 30 patients (26 males) with CD. Disease activity was assessed by the Harvey Bradshaw index for Crohn’s disease.
RESULTS: Of the 30 patients 21 improved significantly after treatment with cannabis. The average Harvey Bradshaw index improved from 14 +/- 6.7 to 7 +/- 4.7 (P < 0.001). The need for other medication was significantly reduced. Fifteen of the patients had 19 surgeries during an average period of 9 years before cannabis use, but only 2 required surgery during an average period of 3 years of cannabis use.
CONCLUSIONS: This is the first report of cannabis use in Crohn’s disease in humans. The results indicate that cannabis may have a positive effect on disease activity, as reflected by reduction in disease activity index and in the need for other drugs and surgery. Prospective placebo-controlled studies are warranted to fully evaluate the efficacy and side effects of cannabis in CD.

NORML will have a detailed summary of this study in next week’s NORML News. (Sign up to receive NORML News updates here.)

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  1. Yet just another fascinating discovery from the plant we all know and love. One more reason, one more step, closer to the revolution.

    1. I’m tired of having the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. I’m tired of taking Imodium just to make it subside for a while. The only thing that has ever helped me during this time has been marijuana. Just trying to say something here.

  2. Are we surprised our goverment is hiding anything?……….Heck no, if they acknowledge the facts from the studies, then they would have to eat crow.They have for years bad mouthed cannabis and just can’t seem to swallow the truth of the matter and that they have been wrong. Right now they are too busy eating BS from Oboma.

  3. Oh … But oxycotin and etc pills are ok? I dont see any benefit in all the LEGAL drugs that have so many in such distress … You wont see anybody OD from cannibas!!!

  4. The U.S. Government truly has done a stupendous job at fooling the general public. It should be noted in the history books how they managed to keep, relatively popular, vegetable matter under legal strain.

  5. Questions I would ask: How well-educated are these so-called “Qualified experts?” Is there a control group, rather a monopoly, of these “experts?” Who appoints these “Experts”, and just how do they qualify? -Verses, the numerous and proven healing abilities of the cannabis plant? How do their [negative, or otherwise] reasoning of the use of cannabis as a medical aid differ and outweigh those of the millions of users whom have been effectively treated with cannabis?

  6. I need to get my GI to start a study on this. I am absolute proof of this. Marijuana has put me into a healthy remission for two years now, including a reduction of medications.

  7. I do have Crohn’s disease and I can attest that cannabis helps tremendously. When I am having an attack with vomiting and painful cramps I cannot keep anything down so anything I take orally won’t stay down long enough to work. A joint will immediately give me relief from the vomiting and cramps. My doctor has noted that my intestines seem to be softening up again since I’ve been eating edibles on weekends. I can live a normal life with cannabis rather than the cocktail of drugs that don’t work. If there is a cure for Crohn’s I believe cannabis is it.

  8. Vote out Obama. A Republican would be a better choice. Why? Because in the 2016 election, the Demos in the primary will have to actually appeal to THEIR base instead of taking them for granted like Obama does. Then we who want legal weed and and an end to The War On Some Drugs may actually get a candidate who reflects our views. The only GOP’er who comes close is Ron Paul and he’s not going to win, so this is the only national electoral path I see which has a chance to work.
    At the state level, support only candidates who take a stand with us. At the county and city level, support only the candidates who stand with us. Each election gives us a chance to build up pressure from the lower levels of government. That won’t change the Federal law all by itself but it does undermine the Federal position. You take what you can get for wins and small ones are out there to be had.
    Water versus rock. We are the water. The other side is the rock. It will take a lot of time to get the situation the way we want it. It has taken a lot of time just to get to where we are. Be as relentless as the pounding surf and turn the opposing rock into sand!

  9. What a wondeful God given plant. What a lying bunch of idiots in Washington keeping this beautiful plant away from us. So sad too many Americans still believe all the lies.

  10. I am a long time Crohn’s sufferer for whom Cannabis has been a magic amulet. I too have had fewer hospitalizations, easier flare-ups, and better pain management overall! And the overall stress reduction Cannabis can bring is perfect for Crohn’s, which as an auto-immune issue is terribly exacerbated by stress. After Pentasa (Asacol) turned out to be a flop, Cannabis stepped in and changed the way I live with my disease. This is only the first study and the sample size is small, but this is excellent to see–it points to the truth.

  11. Government will never legalize marijuana, there is no way to make a lot of money off of it as people could just grow their own, while pharmaceutical companies would lose millions on the drugs that aren’t as effective as marijuana. It’s a very sad world we live in where money is more important than one’s health.

  12. One of my extended family members has Crohn’s Disease. It has been determined that he and many, many others contracted this disease after taking a popularly prescribed acne medication as a teen. His Dr can’t seem to find his records to he can sue the pharma. I would imagine the Dr has a vested interest in not being nailed as the prescribing physician. Nevertheless, this young man has a new prescription to put through his liver for the rest of his life, for a disease given him by acne medication fully tested by the FDA. He wishes he’d never used the med; he is 26 now and his acne would have been long gone, and he would not have CD

  13. The tide is turning. It will be legal fairly soon because the internet is spreading the word faster and faster. “Flat Earth” is a great analogy.

  14. “Yet, almost daily, scientific journals from around the globe expose the absurdity of the administration’s longstanding ‘flat Earth’ position regarding the medical use of cannabis.”
    You are more than kind to refer to it as a “flat earth position” – when in fact – it’s a “Flat ass lie.” What really pisses me off is that we let them shove this shit down our throats in large doses – WTF! When are we going to get some balls? Action talks and bullshit walks!

  15. No accepted medical use “in the United States”. In other words, cannabis may treat or cure diseases everywhere else, but it’s ineffective inside the borders of the US.
    That’s just the sort of logic one would expect from cops policing science.

  16. I believe it is obvious that the people who reject that marijuana is medicine very well know that it makes for great medicine. We need to start focusing on why they keep rejecting this information. obviously throwing facts in their faces have no effect whats so ever. (might have some effect but not enough.)
    For example If someone in a high office states “Marijuana has no benefits to cancer patients”, we need to investigate why this person says this when the facts shown before them obviously states otherwise. Is there some big donation to their organization? Is whoever donated this large amount of cash somehow involved with the government? Tabacco companies? Alcohol ? hollywood? What?
    Yes not everyone has some sort of secret but i am sure with enough investigating we can find information to discredit these people. How powerful would a headline “Major head, Who recently received a generous donation of 1 million from [Insert tabacco company here], makes statement 24 hours after the donation was filed that marijuana causes as much cancer as cigarettes! Thus no need to legalize and have more cancer patients!”
    Yes i know my english isn’t very great and that the headline above probably isn’t the best headline ever, but thats not the point! We need to start finding more powerful ways of fighting to good fight! Our facts need to be backed up by steel and iron!
    Im sure you get the jist of what i am saying. Thank you for your time!

  17. The truth,they can’t handle the truth. God gave man this herb after seeing that it was good. It does’nt get any better than that. We do not need their permission. In all reality they are fighting God and we all know where that ends up. He has been patient so far but not forever. Gods wrath will come if they don’t stop soon.

  18. “It all catches up sooner or later”
    One tells a lie [then] has to tell another lie to cover up the first lie [then] so on, and so on. Well – it has finally caught up with government. Now! – to save face – they have to enforce all of that mendacity they’ve spewed on we the people. Because there was never any logic in their actions in the first place – less logic manifests itself as the results of their current attempts to cover up their tracks, and fill those deep holes of deception. It just doesn’t make any sense at all, and that’s what’s turning the tide of public opinion against them. “A lie is a lie – is a lie – is a lie,” and when you lie to the American people – you’re a goner – “sooner or later.”
    For our part – knowledge gives Genesists power over the prohibitionists/obstructionists. A world, a country, a state, a community, Genesists are of a much higher standard, and hold our Constitution above all prohibitioinists/obstructionists. We are sworn to protect our Constitution against “all enemies – foreign and domeastic [especially domestic].” Prohibitionists/obstructionists are determined to assassinate our Constitution, and force us into a lock-step mass of mindless robots, bending to their will and no other. We only have one thing to say – “IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPPEN HERE – NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER – SO HELP US GOD.” Each and every one of us are the front line of defense against the personification of pure evil. We must let prohibitionist/obstructionists know – in no uncertain terms [that] “We will never allow them to penetrate our souls, or our Constitution.” We must let them know that every Genesist will protect his or her individual rights. Not by any stretch of the imagination, do we bow to the audacity to sway our connection with God, our country, our Constitution, and our family of American Genesists – and that we are willing to pay the ultimate price should they insist we do so.

  19. I just got back from a doctor visit and was prescribed an NSAID and muscle relaxant. You should see the list of side-effects and raised risks of stroke and heart attack and organ damage.
    I’m so angry at Obama and the other bastards who maintain the drug war. I don’t live in a medical marijuana state, and my employer does random drug testing, so I’m forced to take dangerous pharmaceuticals instead of natural cannabis.

  20. HOW MUCH MORE does it take to scream The writting is on the wall? Cannabis laws are the cornerstone of they’re control of the economy.
    Probably be good to invest in farm land.

  21. this is why we need to VOTE RON PAUL in office in the 2012 election. I have faith that he will actually follow through with supporting the legalization of marijuana, not just talk about it and then back down once in office like our current president did. OBAMA IS A LIAR! VOTE RON PAUL!!

  22. Off the subject as usual but after reviewing the sentencing laws today regarding possession of Marijuana both in, Idaho & in, ” Perry’s ” State of Texas i find sentencing to rehabilitation as part of the sentence almost comical.
    The present over crowding of our prisons is not neccessarily the result of actual crimes but of increased politically driven sentencing laws .
    Idaho & Texas
    Less than 1 oz (first offense) misdemeanor rehabilitation/
    treatment $600
    Less than 1 oz (second offense) misdemeanor rehabilitation/
    treatment $1,000
    Less than 1 oz (third offense) gross misdemeanor 1 year $2,000
    Less than 1 oz (fourth offense) class E felony 1 – 4 years $5,000

  23. So- bit of a question here: what with Colorado, Arizona, and other states listing Crohn’s disease as a disorder that is managed with medical marijuana, and there being no prior literature describing this, how is it that marijuana has been given tacit approval for such?
    In other words, if this is the first paper showing cannabis is good for Crohn’s, how is it that so many states recognize this use, even with no scientific literature doing so?
    [Paul Armentano responds: Most of the measures you highlight were enacted via ballot initiatives. In other words, they were drafted by reformers who were already well aware of the anecdotal, survey, and preclinical data supporting cannabis for this specific condition.]

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  25. CJ:
    They get it from patient testimony during hearings conducted during drafting of the medical marijuana
    laws usually and information furnished by ASA and other
    medical marijuana support orgs.

  26. YES, i have found cannabis to benefit the inflammatory process. i have had 8 procedures(surgeries, back, hernia) in recent years. the first 2 , i took the prescribed pain meds which, in my opinion, were not worth a shit. from the third on, i did not fill the pain meds and, instead would pack a bowl and, hit that a couple times every couple three hours with WAAAY more benefit. i am a believer. been huffin the remedy for thirty two years….until my employer started hair testing…….peace to you all…

  27. The DEA can NOT include this study in their oeuvre because their mission is only for information proving the pernicious effects of cannabis. Besides that, cannabis is Schedule I, for all of you Galileos for whom truth is better than dogma. That’s why Uncle Kracker (Dr. Lyle Craker) can’t have permission to grow. Everything positive about cannabis has got to be pigeonholed forever!
    Imagine that: cannabis as medicine, cannabis helping people!
    The U.S. can’t have that. Money reigns supreme.
    Profit over People!
    Just like Noam Chomsky wrote!

  28. Well, medical marijuana research is the only thing Israel is doing right. Unfortunately, our lying government will still continue with its ridiculous lies, which will only continue to destroy the country. Let them keep going so they make themselves look worse. Keep talking all of these medical benefits with everyone you know, so they know that their government is sick. Show the research to your friends. Maybe, the government needs some medical cannabis because they are oh so sick in the head. In fact, I believe that they may be schizophrenic from so many years of lying to themselves. We are coming for you Uncle Sam.

  29. I have Crohn’s. I once asked my GI doctor, “What is your opinion of marijuana to treat Crohn’s?” His response, after looking around nervously, “Well, I can’t legally recommend it, but if it works for you, I wouldn’t tell you to stop using it.”
    I’ve known it works for Crohn’s for years. Without marijuana, I probably wouldn’t still have a small intestine or have graduated from college.

  30. Let me also say, as someone who has Crohn’s: I have several opioids available (Vicodin, Ultram, Codeine…). Why do I prefer marijuana over opioid use? Because it causes less intoxication, carries a far less risk of addiction, doesn’t cause constipation, stomach cramping, or nausea (symptoms of Crohn’s), and relieves pain with a faster onset than pills.

  31. I really do not understand this. The only answer I can come up with is that the United States knows exactly what it is doing and cannot face speaking to a normal human being. I use Cannabis daily after receiving the news that I have Cadasil which is a form of hereditary multi-infarct dementia and have had 19 strokes. I have not gotten the weakening of the legs or the arms and with having 19 strokes I am still fine using Cannabis daily. All America wants are expensive hospital stays and medicine that is all.

  32. It is a complete crime what is happening in the White house. They are complete and utter liars as they cannot face the fact that Cannabis is a medicine and folks have already gotten rid of their cancers with said medicine. I will continue my use as it makes me feel whole again and healthy. Again I have had 19 strokes and yet to have my body break down. It’s almost like speaking to an animal. All they can do is sit and stare than say NAH We shall continue being the Apetards we are and let the rest of the world just pass us by.

  33. Putting aside propaganda and vested interests, the backwards marijuana laws have actually prevented advancements in health and medicine.
    By spreading lies in the war on drugs, people have lost their lives or lost quality in their lives, when they could’ve been helped by marijuana.

  34. THE BOTTOM LINE. There’s no in between – no mix and match – choose one or the other.
    1 You’re either – for God – or – you’re for Satan.
    2. You’re either – an American – or – just living in America.
    3. You’re either – for our country – or – you’re against our country.
    4. You’re either – a conservative – or – you’re a socialist.
    5. You’re either for our Constitution – or – against our Constitution.
    6. You’re either “We the People” – or – you’re our enemy.
    To you ors – God is our God – this country is our home – The White House is our house – Congress are our representatives – The Constitution is our freedom – “We the People” are our family of Americans – and – you ors are not welcome here anymore – so – why don’t you just leave – nobody likes you anyway.

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