Crohn's Disease Specialist

Green Med Cards

Alternative Medicine Practitioner & Medical Marijuana located in College Park, MD

Crohn’s disease is an illness that causes inflammation in the digestive tract, leading to a litany of unpleasant and painful symptoms. Green Med Cards in College Park, Maryland, offers medical cannabis treatment for Crohn’s disease. While Crohn’s disease has no known cure, many people living with the disease have found relief through the use of medical cannabis. If you’re interested in how medical cannabis could help your Crohn’s disease, call Green Med Cards or schedule an appointment online.

Crohn's Disease Q & A

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a type of non-ulcerative inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s disease causes inflammation occurring in different locations in the digestive tract. Some people with Crohn’s disease experience inflammation in the last portion of their small intestine, while others experience it in the large intestine. No one knows the exact cause of Crohn’s disease, but it’s likely related to problems with your immune system.

This inflammation often penetrates several layers deep into the tissue of your digestive system and can cause painful, debilitating symptoms that can become life-threatening when left untreated.

What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?

Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease usually develop slowly, but can also come on urgently with no warning. You may also have brief periods of remission where you experience no symptoms.

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in your stool
  • Mouth sores
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Anal fistulas, painful drainage, and inflammation around the anus

If you have severe Crohn’s disease, you may experience inflammation of the skin, eyes, liver, and joints. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek emergency attention immediately.

How is Crohn’s disease usually treated?

First Crohn’s disease needs to be diagnosed, which usually involves a blood test, colonoscopy, MRI, or some combination of them. After a Crohn’s disease diagnosis, treatment usually revolves around anti-inflammatory drugs, like corticosteroids, and immune system suppressors. Antidiarrheals and pain relievers may also be effective.

While medication can help mitigate your symptoms and even bring about remission of your disease, there is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease.

How can Crohn’s disease be treated with medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis can be helpful for people with Crohn’s disease due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its relative lack of side effects compared to drugs like corticosteroids or azathioprine. Medical cannabis can help reduce pain and relieve some of the symptoms from Crohn’s disease including lack of appetite and fatigue.

If you’re suffering from Crohn’s disease and aren’t satisfied with your treatment plan, visit Green Med Cards today in College Park, Maryland and find out if medical cannabis can help you.