Ulcerative Colitis

WHAT IS ULCERATIVE COLITIS?

Ulcerative colitis is also known as UC. It’s one of a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Other illnesses of this type include Crohn’s disease (CD).

Inflammation of the lining of the rectum and colon represents hallmark characterization of ulcerative colitis. When your large intestine becomes irritated, it can also become inflamed, leading to symptoms of UC. Although ulcerative colitis always affects the rectum — the lowest area of the large intestine — in some people, it can also impact the entire colon.

Ulcerative colitis results from your immune system responding abnormally. Usually, the proteins and cells that comprise your immune system protect your body from infection. However, when you have ulcerative colitis, your immune system mistakes bacteria, food and anything else in your intestine as an invading substance. Consequently, your body sends white blood cells into your intestinal lining, producing ulcerations and chronic inflammation.

SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Fifty percent of people with ulcerative colitis experience mild UC symptoms. The symptoms of UC include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloody stools
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Loose and urgent bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Potential weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy

HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS WITH ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Ulcerative colitis can be a life-altering and painful condition. You may go through life wondering when and how your condition will flare up and how badly you’ll feel. Conventional treatments often come with a broad range of harmful side effects. By using marijuana for ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, you can treat your symptoms effectively with much less dangerous side effects.

In 2012, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America released a statement that pointed to compounds in marijuana closely mimicking the endocannabinoids that naturally occur in the human body. These compounds play a crucial part in decreasing gastrointestinal inflammation.