Study reveals benefits of medical cannabis in treating Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition and form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which sees inflammation of the colon and rectum. Patients diagnosed with colitis often endure severe abdominal pain, experience recurring diarrhoea, fatigue and loss of appetite.

In a study conducted this year by researchers at the Institute of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tel Aviv University, it was found that ‘short term treatment of ulcerative colitis with THC rich cannabis induced clinical remission and improved quality of life in patients with mild to moderately active forms’ of the condition. Patients in the study reported significant improvement of the bowel movements, a reduction in abdominal pain and overall improvement of their quality of life.

Although the findings indicate that the reported cannabis-induced clinical effect is not directly linked to an anti-inflammatory effect of cannabis, the results do demonstrate a ‘signal for associated reduction in mucosal inflammation in patients with ulcerative colitis’.

We’ve seen the benefits of medical cannabis treatment in our own patients, here’s what one of them had to say:

“I have chronic joint pain and IBD related gastric pain and discomfort. [Medical Cannabis] helped me to begin exercising again and start physio led routines to build leg muscles back before planned surgery. I can now eat in the morning with little to no stomach pains and my appetite has come back.” – N Sykes

If you or somebody you know is looking for an alternative way to manage colitis symptoms, you can find out more about how medical cannabis can treat this through our condition page.