Medical Marijuana For Patients With Ulcerative Colitis In Minnesota
Can I Treat My Ulcerative Colitis with Medical Marijuana in Minnesota?
Thanks to the Minnesota Medical Marijuana Act, patients with a qualifying condition can get a Minnesota Marijuana Card to help them find the relief other medications haven’t given them.
Ulcerative colitis, a kind of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), is one of those qualifying conditions. If you’re an ulcerative colitis patient, and your condition hasn’t responded to traditional treatments, then medical marijuana may offer the relief you need.
While only you and a qualified marijuana doctor working together can decide if medical marijuana is right for you, this quick guide may help you get started.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that leads to inflammation and sores in the digestive tract. It impacts the inner lining of the large intestine and rectum. Symptoms usually appear gradually, and while they range from mild to moderate for most patients, they can be severe and even debilitating and life-threatening. The severity of the symptoms may vary in the same patient at different times, and some patients have long time periods of symptom-free remissions.
Ulcerative colitis symptoms can include:
Abdominal pain and cramping
Urgent need to move bowels
Inability to defecate despite urgent need to do so
Bloody or pus-filled stool
Rectal pain and bleeding
While there is no cure for the disease, the symptoms can be managed to help maintain periods of remission. Unfortunately, the traditional treatment options - using medications other than medical marijuana to 1) reduce inflammation and 2) treat the symptoms - can cause an extensive number of adverse side effects, including, among others:
Infusion and Injection site reactions
Nausea and vomiting
To some sufferers, these “cures” can sometimes seem as bad as the condition, leading more and more ulcerative colitis patients to seek relief through medical marijuana.
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Ulcerative Colitis and Cannabis
As with all medical marijuana research, research into its use as a treatment for ulcerative colitis is in its infancy. Nonetheless, the results have been encouraging.
One peer-reviewed study found CBD use could improve symptoms and quality of life for both patients whose ulcerative colitis symptoms were highly active and those who are in remission. The researchers concluded that CBD is “a promising therapeutic agent.”
Similarly, researchers have found that THC use doesn’t seem to aid in ulcerative colitis related inflammation, but that THC did make the symptoms more tolerable. And one later and larger study confirmed these earlier results, finding no effect on inflammation but that CBD did help patients manage their symptoms.
So Should I Treat My Ulcerative Colitis with Medical Marijuana?
We can’t decide that for you, but that doesn’t mean you have to decide alone. If more traditional treatments have not alleviated your ulcerative colitis symptoms, you may want to consult with one of our doctors to see if medical marijuana might be right for you.
Reserve an evaluation today, and we’ll schedule an appointment for you with one of our empathetic doctors just as soon as we are able to do so. You’ll also save $25 off the cost of the evaluation!
You’ll meet with one of our doctors via your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Then together, from the safety of your own home, you and your doctor will decide if medical marijuana right for you.