Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

Dr. Michael Duplessie, FRCS Ophth (Glasgow), M.B., B.Ch., L.R.C.P. & S.I., B.A.O., B.A.

Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a challenging condition that affects a significant number of individuals worldwide, with many suffering from chronic pain and inflammation. Medical cannabis is an increasingly popular option for patients seeking alternative treatments for IBD. While the available data suggest a potential role for cannabis in pain relief, the effects on the underlying inflammatory process of IBD are still uncertain. This review summarizes the literature on the use of cannabis for IBD and identifies areas for future research.

A meta-analysis was conducted to examine the effects of cannabis on clinical response, induction of clinical remission, and maintenance of clinical remission compared to placebo or standard care. The search yielded 334 studies, but only three trials met the eligibility criteria: one in ulcerative colitis (UC) and two in Crohn’s disease. The results of the meta-analysis showed that cannabis did not significantly differ from placebo or standard care in terms of clinical response, induction of clinical remission, or maintenance of clinical remission for either UC or Crohn’s disease. However, adverse events were reported in all patients receiving cannabis, and the quality of the evidence was low to very low.

These findings highlight the need for more well-designed studies to evaluate the potential benefits and risks of cannabis for the management of IBD. While current data suggest a limited role for cannabis in IBD treatment, ongoing research may identify specific subgroups of patients who could benefit from cannabis-based therapies. Until further studies are conducted, it is important for patients to work closely with their healthcare providers to determine the most effective and safe treatments for their individual needs.

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Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to breaking conventions and helping those in need. My passion for medicine began during my time working in refugee camps in Thailand, and since then, I have made it my mission to provide care and support to those who need it most.

As a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, I have made numerous contributions and innovations in the field of corneal transplantation and laser surgery.  I am comfortable challenging conventions.

I have seen firsthand the positive impact medical marijuana can have on patients struggling with pain and anxiety. 

My experiences have shown me that medical marijuana can offer significant benefits with minimal side effects, providing patients with an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical medications. Despite its potential, the government’s stance on marijuana is outdated and in need of revision. 

Through my observations, I have seen prescription rates for pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety to name just a few, drastically decrease among patients who have obtained a medical marijuana card, and I believe that this is a testament to its effectiveness.

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