A clinical trial asking whether cannabis can help patients with Crohn’s disease found strong evidence that is does.
Twenty one patients joined the study because their disease did not respond to standard therapies, including steroids and immunomodulators. They were randomly divided into two groups: 11 of them smoked cannabis joints and 10 were assigned to the placebo group that smoked “deactivated” joints (with the THC stripped from the plant).
Scientists monitored the patients during 8 weeks of treatment and 2 weeks thereafter. Ten of the 11 patients in the cannabis group got better, and 5 of these patients achieved complete remission. Only 4 out of 10 patients in the placebo group got better and just 1 of these patients achieved complete remission.
Importantly, all of the patients receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects.