Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a relatively common chronic disease that causes inflammation of the colon (large intestine). It is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that has commonality to Crohn’s disease.1
Over the past few years the application of CBD as a method for treating the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis has been noted among medical professionals and patients alike. Although certified scientific studies on humans are only in infancy stages the ever growing anecdotal evidence combined with scientific studies conducted on animals2 has led many in the medical community to the conclusion that CBD at the very minimum is a more effective therapeutic agent than sulphasalazine (a commonly prescribed anti biotic for sufferers of UC and Crohns disease).
On a scientific level the cannabinoids help to mediate cytokines responsible for inflammation. In addition, it demonstrates the ability of the cannabinoids to increase cholinergic contractions and relaxant responses in the colitis models. In other words, the cannabinoids improved the function of both the excitatory and inhibitory nerves and therefore is much more protective of the myenteric plexus (a central component to the gastrointestinal nervous system)3.
CBD is not a cure however many have embraced it as a method for dealing with inflammation and the pain associated with Ulceritive Colitis. What will CBD do for you?
Tikun Olam Medical Cannabis
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Study on alternative therapy
1 Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help & Support Group
2 US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health
3 US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health