A clinical trial, which is currently underway at the University of Illinois at Chicago is investigating how oral cannabinoids could help individuals with Crohn's disease
. Researchers plan to enroll 36 participants and treat some with a daily capsule containing 25 milligrams of CBD for 12 weeks and others with a placebo capsule to compare the results.
Around 60-75% of people with Crohn's disease
will need surgery to repair damage to their digestive system and treat complications.
A specialist may also take a biopsy, where tiny pieces of bowel tissue are removed during a colonoscopy and checked for signs of Crohn's disease
Being a very important situation in Crohn's disease
, perianal involvement is particularly observed in colon-involved Crohn's disease
Several large longitudinal studies have reported dietary information prior to the onset of Crohn's disease
. An association was found between long-term intakes of dietary fibre  and fish  and high intake of zinc  and lower risk of Crohn's disease
in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS).
Geographic variations were observed in tertiles of age-adjusted hospitalization rates with any-listed Crohn's disease
in 2013 among participating HCUP states (Figure 2), with age-adjusted hospitalization rates per 100,000 ranging from 19-2 in Hawaii to 91-6 in Rhode Island.
Complex perianal fistulas are a complication for people living with Crohn's disease
and there are limited treatment options.
Disease activity assessed by endoscopy was calculated using the simple endoscopic score for Crohn's disease
(SES-CD) (Table 1) .
While there are several medical therapies to choose from, surgical management, usually with intestinal resection, is still considered an important treatment modality due to the nature of Crohn's disease
symptoms and complications, namely, perforation, obstruction, and strictures, being so difficult to adequately control [1, 2].
A 20-year-old female with Crohn's disease
presented to her family physician with a lesion on her right upper lip.
Latest research in the field may possibly give hope to the thousands of people suffering from the debilitating Crohn's disease
in the United States.
The study included 83 patients with Crohn's disease
, 90 patients with ulcerative colitis, and 344 matched controls.