On this video, Dr. Mary Clifton speaks about inflammatory bowel disease and how the use of cannabis can aid in the treatment of pain, Inflammation and anxiety associated with this IBD.


What you’ll Learn

  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
  • How cannabis can help

Can Cannabis and CBD Help with Nerve Pain and IBD?

In patients suffering with inflammatory bowel disease, the symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, especially abdominal pain increasing with eating can be very difficult to live with. All relating to the inflammation irritation of the gut wall. So it’s not surprising that in a study of 292 inflammatory bowel disease patients, 12.4% of patients reported regular use of cannabis. It probably is relieving the anxiety and pain surrounding the syndrome. But is it also relieving inflammation? Probably. In a look at 18 patients with ulcerative colitis, colon biopsy tissues were treated with CBD. And those treated tissues exhibited a reduction in mass cell number, inducible nitric oxide, and TNF alpha compared to non-treated tissues. So it appears that the CBD works directly on the lining of the colon to reduce inflammation in the setting of inflammatory bowel disease.


So if you’re dealing with a syndrome like this with chronic abdominal pain that’s limiting function and that you’re having to take some significant immune modulating medications for, that 16.4% of IBD sufferers using cannabis said that it dramatically reduced their symptoms. So if they got benefit from it in this very small and short study, it might be worth a try for you. You may not only see a reduction directly in inflammation, but the cannabis also has benefits in the setting of anxiety and chronic pain. It may also help you get a good night sleep.