IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME AND MEDICAL CANNABIS USE.

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME AND MEDICAL CANNABIS USE.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal condition in which abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea and constipation are classic features of this disorder. Medically misunderstood, this condition plagues the lives of many individuals across the United States.

Medical cannabis has proven to be medically beneficial in managing IBS. In conjunction with diet, exercise, IBS has the propensity to be a well-controlled chronic condition. Current IBS medical management has been geared towards corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and biologic agents in which carries risks for long-term side effects such as malignancy and infection (Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 2016).

Obtaining a medical cannabis certification could be very beneficial for sufferers of IBS. The process is simple: find a medical cannabis doctor or nurse practitioner, and register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) as a patient. Katz, S., & Ahmed, W. (2016). Therapeutic Use of Cannabis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 12(11), 668–679.

Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5193087/

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