While both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are often categorized together as IBD, there are some key differences between them.
- Colitis is an inflammation of the colon only, while Crohn’s can occur at any point in the digestive tract.
- Crohn’s disease inflammation is typically mixed with healthy tissues, whereas Colitis involves the entirety of the colon.
- While Crohn’s can occur anywhere in the bowel lining, colitis only affects the colon.
It’s important to note that around 10% of IBD cases are classified as indeterminate colitis, which means that they exhibit signs of both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
CBD and IBD (Pain)
While research into CBD and IBD is still ongoing, some studies show that CBD oil can act as a form of natural pain relief for Crohn’s and UC. One study showed that patients with IBD that took CBD showed improved sleep, pain, and mood compared to those who didn’t. And, studies consistently show that CBD can both reduce pain and inflammation in patients with a variety of ailments (e.g., arthritis, MS, etc.)
CBDs pain combating abilities make it an incredibly useful tool for those that are suffering from painful conditions. This is especially important for those that are impacted by IBD. The latest data for IBD shows that $4 million was spent on medication for IBD symptoms in 2004 alone. That number has certainly increased over the past 13 years. In fact, the average Crohn’s patient can spend over $18,000 treating their condition.
And, a good chunk of that cost is pain medication. While pain medication can certainly improve the lives of patients, it’s also incredibly addictive. 21 – 29% of patients with chronic pain end up abusing their pain medication. And over 130 people overdose on opioids every single day in the United States.
CBD products like CBD veggie capsules and CBD hemp oil drops promise to help those with pain without introducing them to addiction factors. For IBD sufferers, that’s a big deal. But, while CBD’s pain-relieving capabilities are certainly impressive, it may also play a deeper, more nuanced role in IBD.