Nishaanth Dalavaye, Simon Erridge, Martha Nicholas, Manaswini Pillai, Lara Bapir, Carl Holvey, Ross Coomber, James J Rucker, Jonathan Hoare, Mikael H Sodergren


December 18, 2022


Abstract: Cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) have shown promising preclinical activity in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, clinical trials have not demonstrated effects on inflammation. This study aims to analyze changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and adverse events in IBD patients prescribed CBMPs.
Methods: A case series from the UK Medical Cannabis Registry was performed. Primary outcomes included changes from baseline in the Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (SIBDQ), Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), Single-Item Sleep Quality Scale (SQS), and EQ-5D-5L Index score at 1 and 3 months. Statistical significance was defined using p < 0.050.
Results: Seventy-six patients with Crohn’s disease (n = 51; 67.11%) and ulcerative colitis (n = 25; 32.89%) were included. The median baseline SIBDQ score improved at 1 and 3 months. EQ-5D-5L index values, GAD-7, and SQS also improved after 3 months (p < 0.050). Sixteen (21.05%) patients reported adverse events with the majority being classified as mild to moderate in severity.
Conclusion: Patients treated with CBMPs for refractory symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis demonstrated a short-term improvement in IBD-specific and general HRQoL. Prior cannabis consumers reported greater improvement compared to cannabis-naïve individuals.


DOI: 10.1080/17474124.2022.2161046


Dalavaye, N., Erridge, S., Nicholas, M., Pillai, M., Bapir, L., Holvey, C., … & Sodergren, M. H. (2022). The effect of medical cannabis in inflammatory bowel disease: analysis from the UK Medical Cannabis Registry. Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, (just-accepted).