There is all kinds of talk that goes around these days about how to holistically treat your ulcerative colitis(UC). Just a few days ago, I ran into a parent, who’s child used pot to help with UC symptoms. I wasn’t sure how much this parent wanted to talk about the situation, but it seems as though there might be something to this.
Take for example the mental anguish, and depression that can sometimes go hand in hand with ulcerative colitis. Now, if you smoked a joint or two, maybe that is all you would need to progress through your daily life without having such touch thoughts constantly going through your head. Again, I don’t know, this is all just a theory.
As for marijuana actually healing the inside of people’s colon’s and changing the digestive system for the better…I think that might be a long shot. I for sure could believe it has potential to change someone’s desire to eat, but beyond that, I just don’t know.
As more and more days pass since being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, I am beginning to think more and more that the disease is a mental game just as much as a physical one. There are so many instances I remember where I really thought my life was coming to a close. And at the same time, there are so many times where I thought my life was just filled with some very minor setbacks and colitis was for sure not going to alter my life’s master plan.
If you are using marijuana to control your ulcerative colitis and have some ideas or thoughts you would like to share, please feel free to post them here.
Info on Crohn's and IBS from OCNORML Medical Marijuana Conference of 2011
I have used cannabis for my multiple sclerosis for the past seven years, and after doing some testing (by stopping use a few times to see what would happen), I KNOW that it works for these diseases.
I'm sure it works for colitis, too. I attended the January 2011 medical marijuana conference in Laguna Woods. OCNORML was selling a DVD of this conference's speakers, so anyone interested can probably order a copy and watch the speakers themselves.
One speaker discussed how cannabis had saved his wife, and then his grandmother-in-law, from the effects of both Crohn's Disease and IBS. His wife developed both diseases. He did some research, and made her a drink called bhang, by gently cooking cannabis in goat's milk.
Based on my experiences, if you cook cannabis at very low temperatures, you can infuse a liquid with the cannabinoids (and terpenes and flavenoids) without decarboxalating the THCa into THC. THCa, the natural plant acid, is not psychoactive. But THCa becomes THC, a psychoactive compound, when you knock the "a" molecule off by heating the THCa to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or more. I've made a cannabis glycerite to treat my MS and psoriasis, and I "pasteurize" it at about 180 degrees Fahrenheit. It does not become psychoactive. So anyone who wants to try cannabis for these digestive tract problems could make bhang and use a candy thermometer to make sure the temperature doesn't go above 180 or so if you want the product to be non-psychoactive.
The bhang worked so well for the speaker's wife that when his grandmother-in-law was rushed to the hospital with what turned out to be one of these illnesses (I think it was Crohn's), the grandmotehr-in-law refused to allow herself to be treated with presctription drugs, and instead asked for what her granddaughter was using. They brought bhang to her in the hospital, and she got better.
This is not a "cure." You need to continue to sue it as needed. That means these diseases are probably cannabinoid deficiencies. Ditto for other illnesses like MS and psoriasis.
How Marijuana works for me
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when i was 12. From that age to 21. (80's and 90's) I was given many med to help with symptoms but nothing helped. Finally after losing another job I tried marijuana and immediately my symptoms where gone. I could eat anything at any time i wanted. From 20 to 30 times a day going to bathroom to 1 or 2 times a day. I cant tell you the difference in my life ive had just by smoking Marijuana. I'm 42 years and been smoking for over 20 years and my Dr. has giving me a clean bill of health. MY LIFE IS OWED TO SMOKING MARIJUANA ILLEGALLY IN MY STATE.
UC and cannabis
I ha e had UC since 1998 and man has it ruined me physically, mentality, and emotionally. I've exhausted the treatments of autoimmune suppressors, and G I antinflamitories. PREDNISONE TREATMENT HAS CAUSED PERMANENT NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE. I have been using cannabis to help with flares, residual joint pain and smoking cigarettes has been a help. It is said that smoking cessation can cause flares and so now I use a e cigarette. The theory is that nicotine and cannabis both directly affect the parasympathetic nervous system, thus helping the UC flares. I only use cannabis once daily and when I stop the flares start. I don't believe the cannabis helps the stress as much as having an actual physiological affect....good luck.
Does medical marijuana work for ulcerative colitis
I have been using medical marijuana for three years now and have not had a bout of ulcerative colitis since using it. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2000. Prior to the medical marijuana I had numerous flareups and had to take prednisone over and over again. This has been a miracle for me with the exception of the attitudes of my grown adult children. They think I am a looser for using it. Catch 22
Sometimes made me feel better
I have been using medical marijuana for quite some time now to help relieve the pain I sometimes get from my UC, and also from joint pains. It sometimes makes me feel better and when it does I'm very grateful, but not always.