Cannabis finds its way into treatment of Crohn’s disease.


Rudolf Schicho, Martin Storr

Published in Pharmacology




In ancient medicine, cannabis has been widely used to cure disturbances and inflammation of the bowel. A recent clinical study now shows that the medicinal plant Cannabis sativa has lived up to expectations and proved to be highly efficient in cases of inflammatory bowel diseases. In a prospective placebo-controlled study, it has been shown what has been largely anticipated from anecdotal reports, i.e. that cannabis produces significant clinical benefits in patients with Crohn’s disease. The mechanisms involved are not yet clear but most likely include peripheral actions on cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2, and may also include central actions.


DOI: 10.1159/000356512



Schicho R, Storr M. Cannabis Finds Its Way into Treatment of Crohn’s Disease. Pharmacology. 2014;93(1-2):1-3. doi:10.1159/000356512