Cannabis & Crohn’s

Discussing the benefits of marijuana and chronic illnesses

With marijuana becoming legalized for not only medicinal purposes, but recreational as well, I figured I’d go ahead and try to give a brief article on what pot can do for people with chronic illnesses, including my own personal experiences.

Now, there’s no actual evidence that marijuana decreases the inflammation in a Crohn’s patients gut, but it can help with nausea, pain and is also able to help aid in eating when someone hasn’t been able to. Munchies are a fun time.

With weed, there’s obviously many many different and various strains. Personally, Sour Alien is my favorite, with Skywalker OG at a close second. These two have seemed to help alleviate my symptoms. I also tend to use dab pens for more discrete purposes and edibles are great too, but this hit me hard and get me really high.

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I personally, am all for marijuana, recreational and medicinal purposes. Having a medicinal card is a nice thing, and pretty helpful. I’ve had times where I went five days without eating because it hurt so bad, but then I ate an edible and was able to actually get some food in me, due to the pot helping me not really notice the pain. It’s been beneficial for my life.

According to Medical News Today, a study in 2018 came to the conclusion that there really isn’t enough evidence to confirm if marijuana was effective in helping with Crohn’s. So, to each their own, I suppose. In a 2011 study reported by the Israel Medical Association Journal, they tested 30 patients, who in the end, informed that their well-being had improved since the use of marijuana.

As pot may not be helping decrease the inflammation in blood work or in the intestines, it is helping with patients symptoms, and sometimes that can be the most important factor for a person.

There’s really not too much out there about Crohn’s and cannabis, but from what I can read, it’s mixed reviews. But I have not seen a single thing that said that marijuana makes Crohn’s worse. So that’s a good thing for all you crohnie stonies out there.

Indica vs Sativa

Now, there may be hundreds of different strains, but the two major types of pot plants are Indica and Sativa. Indica can be more of a body relaxation high and is usually best for nighttime use. Sativa is more of a mind, energizing high and can be better for daytime purposes.

Sativa is usually taller and slimmer in size and the leaves are longer and thinner while Indica is short and stockier with leaves that are shorter and wider.

Indica can provide mental relaxation, muscle relaxation, helps alleviate nausea, minor to mild pain, help with sleep and more vivid dreaming, and increasing your appetite.

Sativa can help with anxiety/depression, treating chronic pain, with focusing and can even bring out your creative side, alertness, also increases serotonin which helps with learning and mood.

Sativa is very uplifting and the best choice for medicinal purposes. Indica can have a very opposite effect and some people experience “couchlock” where you just don’t have much energy to get up from where you’re sitting. So in the end, Sativa would be best. But due to the fact that they take longer to grow and have less flower than Indica variety, Indica is practically dominating the black market, so hopefully this will motivate you to get your med card.

Hybrids are another thing. It’s when two strains are cross bred, so qualities and traits from both of them are in one strain. Breeders are able to create new strains by cross breeding plants together, sometimes best for people with chronic illnesses, like Crohn’s.

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Here’s a list of some of the best strains I’ve read about and from personal experience for Crohns.

  • Chemo (Indica) – A heavy body high, good for chronic pain. Also, lots of munchies occur from this one, so proceed with caution (and an empty belly).
  • Lemon Jack (Sativa) – Usually best for fatigue.
  • Hash Plant (Indica) – Intense body high that will just kind of mellow you out. Helps a lot with chronic pain, best at nighttime.
  • K2 (Hybrid) – A blend between the two strains Hindu Kush and White Widow. Helps with nausea, and increases your appetite.
  • Golden Pineapple (Hybrid) – Brings out your creative side so if you’re feeling like you need some motivation, this could be your best bet. Works good with helping relieve anxiety and stress.
  • Blackberry Kush (Indica) – Helps with abdominal pain.
  • OG Kush (Hybrid) – Helps relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Sonoma Coma (Sativa) – When you are finding it hard to keep food down, whether that be due to nausea, diarrhea, pain, or whatever, loss of appetite can occur, so this strain could be your road to hunger town.

There are obviously tons of strains, these are just a few that will help if you don’t know where to get started.

It Must Be The Ganja

Now for my personal thoughts and experiences…

I’ve had doctors suggest to not resort to smoking pot or eating edibles, but then will prescribe me Oxycodone or have me hooked up to an IV receiving Dilauded every 2 hours for a week straight. That blows my mind how quick they are to jump to more intense pain killers, with high risk of addiction, but say “Eh, pot’s bad”. Now, I will admit, my pain was usually so bad that pot didn’t help to a extent. But I’ve met plenty of people who have said it’s helped immensely. It really just all depends on the severity of your inflammation and what you can tolerate.

Now, I’m not going to lie, smoking anything after having a part of your intestines cut out, makes coughing a hell of a lot more painful. Sometimes I think I might cough myself into a hernia situation. But edibles can be an awesome solution if you want to avoid the risk of that. I usually go for the gummies or suckers because sometimes the chocolates and other sweets can make my stomach hurt a little more, but that’s just because my pain can reach a point where even water hurts.

Personally, I’d love to never have to use another opioid again, but sometimes the pain is just too severe that pot can’t even do much for me. But it’s seriously a wonderful thing to have it as an option for the nights where it’s not bad enough to take a painkiller or head to the ER, but still uncomfortable. I’ve had good and bad experiences from weed. I’ve been smoking since I was thirteen because it helped with my anxiety as a teen and then I got Crohn’s and now I live in a state where it’s medicinally legal, so it’s just nice to have this solution. Smoking at night is usually what I choose to do, since I have insomnia and I absolutely adore the vivid dreams I get (I swear, dreaming is my favorite part of life).

So if you’re thinking of getting your medicinal card, or if you live in a state that allows recreational use, I would suggest going for it and at least trying it out to see how it affects your symptoms. It’s hit or miss, I feel like. Some people love it, some don’t. But definitely do some more in depth research. Like I said, there isn’t much out there about Crohn’s and weed, as there’s really not much out there about Crohn’s anyways due to the mysterious nature of this disease, but I do hope this article helped a little.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more articles to come! Also, I’ll be starting a new feature for the site very soon, but it’s a surprise as to what this will be! (:


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