Marijuana: Miracle Cure For Crohn's Disease?

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Jay Brockman
Crohn's disease is a autoimmunity deficiency in the gastronomical tract that can cause anything from mild stomach pains to vomiting and in extreme cases, chronic bloody diarrhea. There's no cure for the disorder but now, researchers in Israel say they've found evidence that marijuana causes complete remission of the disease.

This news comes the Meir Medical Center in Israel, which treated 21 patients suffering from Crohn's disease. 11 of the patients smoked two joints per day of cannabis sativa, which the researchers believed would provide anti-inflammatory relief, while the other (unlucky) 10 were only given a placebo. "The marijuana plant Cannabis sativa has been reported to produce beneficial effects for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, but this has not been investigated in controlled trials," the researchers argued. "We performed a prospective trial to determine whether cannabis can induce remission in patients with Crohn's disease."

Five of the 11 patients who smoked the weed, the study, which was published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, states, acheived "total remission" of their disease, whereas only four of the 10 patients who didn't smoke the pot reported only slight improvement of their condition. Needless to say, the study, while promising, only seems to suggest that more research should be undertaken. "Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted," the scientists argued.

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