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Crohn's Disease

An oz. of Wellness Healthcare

Medical Marijuana Certifying Doctors & Alternative Medicine Physician located in Boca Raton, FL

More than 500,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes severe abdominal pain and diarrhea and may lead to malnutrition. An oz. of Wellness Healthcare with offices in Boca Raton, Orlando, and Palm Bay, Florida, offers alternative treatments for the management of Crohn’s disease for those looking for treatments beyond prescription medication. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Crohn's Disease Q & A

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the deep layers of the digestive system. The inflammation most often occurs in the last portion of the small intestine or the colon. 

The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can be painful and debilitating and lead to many health complications, including ulcers, fistulas, bowel obstruction, or malnutrition. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but with the right treatment, you can manage the symptoms and keep the condition in remission.

What are Crohn’s disease symptoms?

Crohn’s disease symptoms can vary in both type and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in your stool

Crohn’s disease can also affect other areas of your body, causing inflammation in your joints, eyes, skin, or liver. 

How is Crohn’s disease treated? 

There is no single method that works for everyone suffering from Crohn’s disease, and finding the right combination of treatments to keep your disease in remission can take time. Treatment for Crohn’s disease centers around minimizing inflammation in your gut to help control your symptoms and reduce your risk of complications. Traditional medical treatment for Crohn’s disease may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Immune system-suppressing medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Pain medication
  • Nutrition supplements

In the state of Florida, Crohn’s disease is one of the qualifying conditions for the use of medical marijuana.

How does medical marijuana help Crohn’s disease?

Cannabis plants, such as marijuana and hemp, contain compounds called cannabinoids. Your body also produces these compounds, which are used by your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your ECS is responsible for keeping your body in homeostasis and plays a role in managing pain, mood, stress, immune function, sleep, and appetite. 

The cannabinoids produced by your ECS may also limit intestinal inflammation and decrease motility. Research indicates that the use of medical marijuana by those suffering from Crohn’s disease reduces symptoms and improves quality of life. 

The team at An oz. of Wellness Healthcare can talk to you about the use of medical marijuana for managing your Crohn’s disease and provide you with the certification needed so you can apply for your medical marijuana identification card. The team also determines the product and dose best suited for you, which they enter into a computer system that’s shared with the medical marijuana dispensaries.

To schedule a consultation, call An oz. of Wellness Healthcare or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.