Study: Smoking Cannnabis Causes Complete Remission of Crohn’s Disease in 45% of Patients

October 22, 2014   |   Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl
October 21, 2014

(ANTIMEDIA) Crohn’s disease inflames the intestines of about 400,000-600,000 North Americans.

In the study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, there were 21 people with Crohn’s Disease; half of which were given cigarettes with no active cannabinoids, and the other half given regular joints to smoke.

The joints contained approximately 23% THC and .5% CBD.

45% of the people given two joints to smoke every day for eight weeks experienced a complete remission of their Crohn’s Disease.

The other six out of 11 people reported that their symptoms were cut in half, and that they were able to sleep and eat with much more ease. In the clinical trial data, it was that said that “subjects receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects.”

This is the first placebo controlled clinical trial to assess the functionality of cannabis in treatment of Crohn’s Disease. The study was conducted at Israel’s Meir Medical Center.

This is more information that was to be expected, further proving the medicinal value of cannabis, which many already know about.

Please share this with anyone who has ever been skeptical of the medicinal value of cannabis. It’s amazing that these weren’t even edibles, which are typically used in studies of this kind, but that they had patients smoke it.


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Author: Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Ovaj Onaj lol i did not see that, so there they did link it!

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  2. Richard Ellicott True, I can and it's fairly easy to search it, but I think it should be always included and visible. For the sake of both sides. But I overlooked link under the article as well.

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  3. Smoking it helps control my my g.i stomach problems the burning & starving pains cannabis helps alot & also with my anxiety & fibromyalgia

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  4. "I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke two joints at night…" Anyone remember that song?

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  5. "I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright" but "I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints, and then I smoke two more" 😉

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  6. It didnt say that smoking cannabis causes amnesia, parahnoya, lung cancer, red eyes, letargy, mind confusion and smells like a skank.

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  7. dont mean to play the race card but black people dont suffer from alot of things the other race suffer from

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  8. Does the placebo look/smell like marijuana? If not then the people know they are smoking the placebo.

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  9. While I agree that weed help keep symptoms under control, I find it difficult to believe complete remission is possible. I wonder what strain they used used. It is worth a try

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  10. HEY WATCH YOUR ATTITUDE THIS IS AN OEN FORUM FOR FREE THINKING NOT FOR SLAGGING OTHERS COMMENTS! IDIOT! Cannabis is smoked with tobacco by 90% of its users. So I think cannabis OIL is probably more the way forward not smoking it.

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  11. The title is very misleading
    According to the study: "CONCLUSIONS: Although the primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 weeks) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 10 of 11 patients with active Crohn's disease, compared with placebo, without side effects. Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted. ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01040910."
    Thus, there could be great benefit of THC, and that should be further studied, but to declare that "Study: Smoking Cannnabis Causes Complete Remission of Crohn’s Disease in 45% of Patients" is a bit of sensationalizing. The study also mentioned that 10% got better with a placebo.
    I wish these groups would quit with these tactics and simply let the science dictate. There is great potential, and it does not need to be exaggerated.

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  12. And they also suffer more in other disaeses, like Sickle Cell Anemia. Each race is different, not advantaged.

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  13. Complete remission is possible, I myself have been lucky enough to experience this. The medication they were giving me to hold off my crohn's was making me really ill and damaging my liver, kidneys, bone density,I was losing my hair in clumps, the daily stomach pains were debilitating. These were just the tablets to help keep me in remission, the failed to help only hindered.
    People don't realise the medical benefits as they trust too much that the pharmaceutical companies who make money selling you man made poisonous drugs are doing the best thing for the people. They're only out to line their own pocket.
    I have now been in remission for 18 months and my daughters are happy to have mummy back and I am running my own business. 🙂 This does happen its a shame articles are having to try and exaggerate it to be read. The science should in fact speak for itself but the powers that be (government and pharmaceutical companies) don't want that to happen.

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  14. Sam Maguire "Cannabis is smoked with tobacco by 90% of its users" – huh? That's just nonsensical and untrue.

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  15. It has helped my Crohns greatly, not complete remission but very close and far more successful than any medication I've ever been given!

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  16. Weed doesn't cause cancer there has never in the history of mankind been a death caused by cancer caused by weed it doesn't kill your brain cells I stimulates them how does 90% of potheads smoke it with tobacco people smoke joints and steamrollers bongs hookah even a little pipe the only way u could intake tobacco with it is with a blunt

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  17. Anybody have any doubts about the uses for weed just watch the documentary "the union" on Netflix and then try to argue

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  18. It's just human genetics man and depending on where your ancestry lines go can determine what your gene pool is and thus you make get sickle cell. Has nothing to do with race… race is such a joke of a concept use real science

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  19. do you have crohns? do you know anyone or live with someone who does? If not, stop judging! I have lived with it my whole freaking life!

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  20. I have had chronns since i was 15 yrs old. i am now 58. wish i had smoked weed when i was a kid. Chrones has distroyed my joints, They hurt 24/7. Now in need of joints. so to all of you at least try weed . God put cures on this earth for us to use since the begining of time. Now the Gov. trys to stop us from using them by locing us up.. all about the money. think about it. The people from back in the day that only did weed, are still happy people. So go for it. Lifes to short. My dr. at age 15 told me to forget i had chronns, eat what did not bother me. Go enjoy life. Thats what im still doing. Thanks Bobby Jo for sharing this with me.

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  21. k so.. It restores appetite and makes one feel better-treats the symptoms associated. it doesn't say anything about it curing the underlying issues

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  22. Crohns since 1999. Two cousins have it too. We are all black. Crohns is relatively new and rare. Many black people have it.

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  23. inflammation mostly, however things like lowering stress, and making me hungry come in handy because they give me a chance to fight it naturally……..before as I was wasting away i never had a fighting chance I was so malnurished!

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  24. Very surprised you folks are taking possible remission of anything auto-immune so lightly.

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  25. This study must be taken with a grain of salt. Do not confuse remission with improvement in symptoms. Cannabis improves appetite, helps with nausea, etc. Unfortunately, the literature gages disease activity by a person's symptoms, not objective evidence like endoscopic appearance.

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  26. There's no cure for Crohn's. It's an autoimmune disorder. You live with it forever and hope to manage the symptoms. Many of the medications used to treat it, like Humira, which I take, suppress the immune system to the point that you get sick very easily, and lymphoma is a risk factor.

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  27. There's no cure for Crohn's. It's an autoimmune disorder. You live with it forever and hope to manage the symptoms. Many of the medications used to treat it, like Humira, which I take, suppress the immune system to the point that you get sick very easily, and lymphoma is a risk factor.

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  28. Well fancy that… I was operated on in 1985, and had a foot and a half of my intestine removed. That was the early days when Crohn's wasn't well known about and years before the internet. (Before the Op' GP's just told me to eat more fiber and that's all I needed in my diet). Fiber was like eating razor blades and broken glass to me back then and still is now. But I survived the emergency operation and still living with Chrohn's.
    Back then after the Op lying in the hospital bed I had a lot of student doctors that came to see me as not much seemed to be known about Crohn's at the time. I was told then by two of the student doctors (strickly off the record) there were reports of studies done with smoking weed and the benefits of smoking it with Crohn's. 1985 I was told: Smoking weed helps reduce inflammation in Crohn's sufferers. Now there's proof! 30 years later.

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  29. But do they smoke weed? As Mr Blazer is suggesting black people do in Greater numbers

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  30. I am certainly not against more studies into the therapeutic effects of cannibas but i think this was blown a bit out of proportion. Much of this article seemed to focus on the palliative aspects of such treatments. The article also states that this is the first placebo controlled study of its kind. So there may be a serious lack of validity in this study in terms of replication. Granted this was posted a year ago so more studies may have been done since then. And as Hope mentioned, 21 patients is far from a representative sample. I would love to see more research conducted to further support such results!

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  31. Note the conclusion in the study:
    CONCLUSIONS:

    Although the primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 weeks) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 10 of 11 patients with active Crohn's disease, compared with placebo, without side effects. Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted. ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01040910.

    This is a far cry from the title of this piece. The study is correct, the author is disingenuous and misleading (probably because of ideology).
    In truth, it should read "let us explore this more."

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  32. Note the conclusion in the study:
    CONCLUSIONS:

    Although the primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 weeks) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 10 of 11 patients with active Crohn's disease, compared with placebo, without side effects. Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted. ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01040910.

    This is a far cry from the title of this piece. The study is correct, the author is disingenuous and misleading (probably because of ideology).
    In truth, it should read "let us explore this more."

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  33. Note the conclusion in the study:
    CONCLUSIONS:

    Although the primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 weeks) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 10 of 11 patients with active Crohn's disease, compared with placebo, without side effects. Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted. ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01040910.

    This is a far cry from the title of this piece. The study is correct, the author is disingenuous and misleading (probably because of ideology).
    In truth, it should read "let us explore this more."

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  34. I had Crohn Disease when I was young. I suffered a lot of pain. And then I smoked a lot of pot in my early adult life. . I thought the Crohn Disease was cured because it vanished completely. Had no idea how, thought I grew over it. But it probably was the cannabis. Great !

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  35. Live with the disease and understand how many false hopes we've had promises of remission. 21 people does not make a good study.

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  36. Live with the disease and understand how many false hopes we've had promises of remission. 21 people does not make a good study.

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  37. This simply isn't accurate. I've had severe and active crohns since i was 7 years old. Been smoking about 2 grams to 4 grams a day since i was 13….. It DOES help. But remission? Thats just not true.

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  38. Well it does help a lot…. But remission…. Thats just bullshit. I've been living with it since age 7. Now, that being said, i see a lot of promise in CBD oil, and other cannabanoids…. But strickly smoking weed does not cause remission. Just alleviates symptoms and makes you not give a fuck lol.

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  39. I've had it since i was 7, been smoking 2 to 4 grams a day since 13…. Its the ONLY instantaneous relief for symptoms during a flare…. But remission? Thats a hell of a longshot.

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  40. I've had it since i was 7, been smoking 2 to 4 grams a day since 13…. Its the ONLY instantaneous relief for symptoms during a flare…. But remission? Thats a hell of a longshot.

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  41. Yes, it IS medicinally useful, but ive had this disease since i was seven, and i live in Colorado…. Been smoking an ass load of weed since a very young age. Weed alone does not cause remission. Crohns is autoimmune. Weed suppresses the immunoresponse in your body… But remission is a longshot.

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  42. I am VERY interested in trying CBD oil on a daily basis in high doses…. But the shit is fucking expensive. 200 bucks for an 8 oz bottle on average, and thats here where its totally decriminalized.

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  43. @Clarke-Lauren Richard: Statistics do show fewer cases of certain diseases in Blacks as opposed to whites and asians…. But immune disfunctions like aids, Crohns, psoriasis etc are actually more common in people of african dissent.

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  44. You CANNOT make this claim based on a research study done on 21 people. Thats fucking insane.

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  45. You CANNOT make this claim based on a research study done on 21 people. Thats fucking insane.

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  46. I have had crohns for 10 yrs and nothing as far as meds, treatments, or surgeries have worked. So I started using cannabidoil with thc, eating edibles, and doing dabs. I was able to get off pain meds and felt like I had my life back. But unfortunately it didn't become legal where I lived and I didn't want to chance it. So back to the pain meds and still trying to find an unconventional treatment or study to try until medicinal Marijuana becomes legal here. And now that I have stopped I'm in the hospital once a month and bed ridden the rest of the month. SMH!

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  47. I have had crohns for 10 yrs and nothing as far as meds, treatments, or surgeries have worked. So I started using cannabidoil with thc, eating edibles, and doing dabs. I was able to get off pain meds and felt like I had my life back. But unfortunately it didn't become legal where I lived and I didn't want to chance it. So back to the pain meds and still trying to find an unconventional treatment or study to try until medicinal Marijuana becomes legal here. And now that I have stopped I'm in the hospital once a month and bed ridden the rest of the month. SMH!

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  48. I have had crohns for 10 yrs and nothing as far as meds, treatments, or surgeries have worked. So I started using cannabidoil with thc, eating edibles, and doing dabs. I was able to get off pain meds and felt like I had my life back. But unfortunately it didn't become legal where I lived and I didn't want to chance it. So back to the pain meds and still trying to find an unconventional treatment or study to try until medicinal Marijuana becomes legal here. And now that I have stopped I'm in the hospital once a month and bed ridden the rest of the month. SMH!

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  49. Congratulations you took statistics and read a book. Too bad you can't think for yourself. If myself and a friend smoked a joint and noticed a difference we performed the scientific method and proved our case-STUDY!!!

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  50. Actually my X wife had crohn`s and colitis , she went a nature pathic diet, drank Taheebo tea with Aloe vera , no coffee, alcohol etc. for 3 yrs and hasn`t had it back in 20 yrs.

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  51. My Crohn's was bad and had me hospitalised many times until i started taking L-glutamine every morning and night and since then i havent taken any medication etc. Maybe give it a try in case it helps you as it did me and many others that i know who take Glutamine.

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  52. I think what is confusing you is that your basing your requirements on what is required for artificial, lab created pharmaceuticals. You don't need that for something that is natural organic matter in its raw form. If your not allergic to it..it kind of is what it is… The difference plays only on your tolerance/chemo-receptors. How many guys need to eat horny-goat-weed to prove the point? Honestly. . …

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  53. He said it was true just not a complete alleviation. His high probably buys him 10-45 minutes of comfort with his tolerance level

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  54. Blake I got a very small vial for $25 and I'll tell you.. Don't waste your money. First hit had me a little woo-hoo but I think that was my excitement of smoking again. It made me feel groggy if anything after chiefing the thing hoping to notice something. Probably from lack of oxygen lol. After that it was like an expensive e-cig.

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  55. I was told I had chrons when I was 18 I am now 30. At the age of 22 my chrons got out of control. I went to the hospital for a week. When I got out the only symptoms I had left was stomach cramps. These cramps can be compaired to labor cramps. Every time I ate they were there soon I stoped eating due to fear of these cramps. A friend of mine said I should try some weed. At this point I would try anything I had lost 15 lbs in 8 fays. For me the weed made the pain tolerable and I was hungry without fear of throes debilitating cramps…… So for me it worked.

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  56. If you read the study the article links to you'll see that it says the goal was not achieved.

    CONCLUSIONS: Although the primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 weeks) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 10 of 11 patients with active Crohn's disease, compared with placebo, without side effects. Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted. ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01040910.

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  57. At least a thousand. Human beings are remarkably diverse, not only in genetic makeup and physical condition, but intellectual perception and intent. What one person considers remission, is merely symptomatic relief for another. Also keep in mind that a) people lie, sometimes even unintentionally, and b) some people are really fuckin stupid…. Not to mention the possibility of misdiagnosis, variables in diet, excersize, cognitive recognition of spirit, and in this case even nationality… 21 people doesn't cut it…. There are more STATES than that, let alone cultures, ethnicities, etc etc etc…. I have Crohns… Weed helps. It isn't a method of remission, unless you dont actually have crohns.

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  58. Typo… And dude, if you havent been trying this for twenty years firsthand you have no right to tell me what means something here. You have no idea how insanely relevant a lack of giving a fuck can be. This disease is not only physical. It's severely taxing in a multitude of ways, and the mind numbing effects of marijuana are totally evidence of it's medicinal value.

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  59. Pain pills don't "cure" anything either, but they do serve a purpose and doctors prescribe them right and left. And not every drug works on every person, but they don't take it off the market. So weed works wonders for some, others it helps, and a few it doesn't. Sounds like every other pharmaceutical out there.

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  60. If the effect is strong, then 21 can be large enough. You can't generalize about sample size.

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  61. I am 35-years-old and had Crohn's Disease for almost 19 years (hiding it for 6 years). I am 6'4" and have weighed 130lbs at my lowest with Crohn's Disease (with a normal weight of around 260 – 270lbs). I give honor to God for being my healer. God healed me in 2012. Again, God healed me and my doctors were there as people to document the healing and witness to what He can do. Also, He gave me the understanding (as is a common thought) that all people need to eat cleaner foods and drink cleaner drinks. Please watch what you eat and eat it as close to its original state. Support local farmers who support the clean eating lifestyle and not big government or any person who doesn't. I am currently 310lbs and medicine free, except for my many doses of Jesus that I take, for 3 years and I really don't count the "medicine free years" because it is like saying I am in remission – because I am not. Go to God in prayer, have others of like mind doing the same for and with you, and read the Bible on how God can do it. Look at all of the times he healed the afflicted. Note, that there will be illness, but there is a Man who knows all and heals. Yes, the natural way is possible, but it will get tougher becuase of the genetic and scientific mess that man has created in farming and raising livestock. There are many documentaries out there like Super Juice Me that have great stories of illness to health – so watch them. Talk to people too who have similar situations to know that you are not alone (thank you Michael Jackson). I am now 310lbs with fully functioning intestines (and needing to drop a few pounds and be more physically active). Know the Holy Trinity. Know your food industry. Know how to fight for healthy food. Know your food. Know great health.

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  62. BS….Pot gives you the munchies and then you crash…nothing more nothing less.

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  63. BS….Pot gives you the munchies and then you crash…nothing more nothing less.

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  64. I think Jesus is the most important thing in existence, But who do you think made Cannabis? Who do you think made the herbs and grains?
    God made Herbs/Seeds/Grains for our health, So only praying and not using what he gives us is only half the answer.
    How is weighing 310 pounds healthy?

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  65. Imagine a world where people actually knew what they were talking about.
    Yea I can barely fathom it.

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  66. show me the study please, anyone can write shit on the internet, prove it if you really want to help people with Crohn's. Otherwise, buzz off.

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  67. Blake Pardue Just grow it, Or buy some good bud and cook it into coconut oil, You get most of the cannabinoids that way especially if you don't strain the bud out of the oil.
    Buy 1/8th of good indica and mix it with about 1-1.5 cups of organic coconut oil.
    You don't have to decarb it if you don't want too either.

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  68. Karen Meyers Pluff hopefully it will be legal globally within the next decade though that is optimistic to the point of utter foolishness =).

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  69. Mike Warren Cannabis has no carcinogens, The only thing that can harm your lungs from smoking weed is the paper your using, If you smoke it out of glass it is 100% beneficial.

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  70. Google there are dozens of studies, don't just demand people hand you the information, do your own research.

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  71. Elizabeth Pallett forget that – if you're going to put things on the internet and pass it off as gospel and ACT like a real journalist then back it up! It's a fair request. And a person who has Chron's disease doesn't necessarily have the time or energy to google shit. It would be nice if all the bloggers would think before they write.

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  72. In a lot of cases, it is the cannabinoids levels that help….is that true in this study? I noted THC at 23%. However, can cannibinoid products with no psychodelic effects be helpful in Crohn's Disease?

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  73. Errr…. the first link in the article is to the abstract of the paper. Results are p=0.45 and p=0.028 so by no means statistically significant, but definitely agree that it warrants further study

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  74. My hubby has had this debilitating disease for 6 years.. After going 5 years untreated ( paying close attention to diet and active cannabis user) we found out 1 month ago that he is in full remission… We are firm believers that yes it does work. Im not saying that pot cured him but something did…. At least temporarily…

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  75. Shakya Kumara thank you, I appreciate that, it's not very apparant, I thought that was a link to something else.

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  76. I highly doubt all the subjects were 100% one single lineage. As someone said earlier: do you need a huge population to prove drinking bleach is bad? I think after 5/5 dropped I'd call it a day.
    What your looking for are standard deviations but why is that necessary? Your logic would cause someone to suffer for a prolonged duration when the answers right in front of you.. this is a plant that's producing something already found in every human being regardless of diversity. The organic world is being trampled on and your ideology is helping big pharmacy's cause.

    You need 1,000 people to eat a ghost pepper to prove its hot too?

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  77. First, 11 people is NOT a research study. Its a stoner circle. Secondly, crohns os one of the most commonly mis-diagnosed conditions, so people who stated they experienced "remission" could be dealing with an entirely different condition. Thirdly, the word "remission" implies complete alleviation of all symptoms, continuing after the cessation of treatment. Marijuana has two main components that help with crohns, THC and CBD. Both produce an efdect that lasts no more than 3 to 4 hours once ingested. Continual use CAN and DOES alleviate many symptoms of the condition, but it does not permanently hold that effect. It suppresses the immunoresponse, andnreduces inflamation as well as pain. It does not, however, help with the lethargic feeling caused in part by malnutrition and in part by the inevitable anemic state (because iron is very hard for your body to absorb)… So the word remission is being thrown around here in a very flimsy way. Yes, pot helps crohns disease. I'm living proof, and can attest to that… But remission is an entirely different thing than symptematic relief. I'm not bashing it. Its good medicine. But it isn't a cure by any stretch of the imagination, and to propose such an obtuse conlusion based on a study performed on only 21 adults is absurd.

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  78. Not to mention the psychological toll the disease imposes long term. Weed is miraculous to that effect…. But still not a means by which total remission can be achieved. Now weed, along with diet, supplements, and a variety of other lifestyle changes could possibly eventually cure the body to the point where the disease enters a state of remission. But not weed alone.

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  79. People need to understand that people who are against Cannibis use are not saying it should not be used for madicinal purposes. If the drug is useful medicinally then by all means use it if you are sick! Its the people who are not sick, that abuse it. That is where the problem lyes. Legalising Cannibis will allow people to take advantage of the system even further and cannibis use will become as common as alcohol consumption on a night out. So to people trying to use the "it cures diseases" excuse to get the drug leagilised just so they can use it for their own gain, I say fuck you. DO not leagilise it. Make it available to those who need it, not those who want it. So many of these "advantages" to the use of Cannibis are coming to light all of a sudden(most of which are non-published fake studies), with no emphisis put on the disadvantages. Of course there are people out there who claim to be "functioning" cannibis users, whos brain chemistry is fucked up enough to justify a release from reality.

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