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Cannabis for Treating IBD: Hope or Hype?

Cannabis for Treating IBD: Hope or Hype?

Nausea, abdominal pain and changes in appetite. These are all things that can significantly impact one’s wellbeing if left untreated, yet they have all shown marked improvements when associated with cannabis.

Yet, less is known about the effects of cannabis on inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, a chronic inflammatory condition that impacts the gastrointestinal tract of over 3.1 million Americans a year.

Michigan Medicine’s Jami Kinnucan, M.D., a gastroenterologist and assistant professor, specializes in IBD, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and women’s gastrointestinal health. She spoke to Michigan Health about the use of cannabis as a treatment for IBD.  

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