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Research Suggests Marijuana Could Treat Crohn's Disease

| by Amanda Schallert
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Using marijuana could treat Crohn’s disease, according to research published in the medical journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

The study suggested marijuana use could lead to a “complete remission” of the disease, according to The Weed Blog.

Scientists at the Meir Medical Center in Israel conducted the study by analyzing the effects of smoking pot versus smoking placebo cigarettes on 21 people with Crohn’s disease, according to the Huffington Post.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that results in the inflammation of the digestive track. It’s symptoms include rectal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea, according to Crohn’sAndColitisInfo.com

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About half of the patients who smoked pot every day as part of the study experienced complete remission of the disease. Others said that their symptoms decreased after they smoked marijuana.

None of the participants in the study experienced unusual or dangerous side effects.

Sources: The Weed Blog, Huffington Post , Crohn'sandColitisInfo.com