Marijuana oil was used in a randomized, placebo-controlled study in Israel to determine its efficacy for improving the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. The study concluded that, following 8-weeks of treatment, 65% of those included experienced remission of their symptoms.
The study included 46 people living with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease, Medical Xpress reported. The marijuana oil contained 4% THC and 15% CBD. Some were given a placebo. The severity of symptoms, as well as quality of life, were evaluated before, during and after the study.
“Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of medical conditions, and studies have shown that many people with Crohn’s disease use cannabis regularly to relieve their symptoms,” said lead researcher Dr. Timna Naftali.
In comparison to persons receiving the placebo, those that were administered marijuana oil had a significant improvement in their symptoms. Only 35% of those included had improvement when given a placebo. The group of those given marijuana oil also reported a significant increase in their overall quality of life.
Next, the researchers plan to explore the anti-inflammatory potential of marijuana for treating ailments like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).