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What is Crohn’s disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of conditions, the two main forms of which are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD also includes indeterminate colitis. One in 140 Canadians is living with Crohn’s and colitis. 

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases that inflame the lining of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and disrupt your body’s ability to digest food, absorb nutrition, and healthily eliminate waste. These are lifelong diseases. People with these conditions can experience acute periods of active symptoms (active disease or flare), and other times when their symptoms are absent (remission).

Signs and symptoms

– Abdominal pain and cramping
– Severe diarrhea
– Rectal bleeding
– Blood in stool
– Weight loss and diminished appetite
– Anemia
– Fatigue


– Blockage of the intestine due to swelling or formation of scar tissue
– Abscesses
– Sores
– Fistulas
– Malnutrition
– Colon cancer

Causes and risk factors of Crohn’s and colitis include genetics, the environment, and the microbiome.

What are the traditional treatments for Crohn’s disease?

The exact cause of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis remains unknown, and as a result, there is no cure for these diseases. However, medical treatment is available to manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life of patients affected by these conditions. 

Drug treatment

– Corticosteroids
– Immune modifiers
– Biologic therapies
– Exclusive formula diet in children.


– Repair fistulas
– Remove obstruction
– Resection
– Anastomosis

How medical cannabis can help with Crohn’s?

crohn's cbd cannabis endocannabinoid receptors

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates different functions such as pain, appetite, mood, and stress response. The receptors of the ECS are found in different parts of the body including the brain, liver, nervous system, and especially, the gastrointestinal tract. In the gut, these receptors can trigger certain responses such as regulating inflammation, pain, nausea, satiety, vomiting, and possibly, altering gut barrier function. The principal reason why patients use cannabis is to control abdominal pain. 

Researches are in its early stages, but multiple patients and advocates have reported therapeutic effects in the management of their symptoms including: 

– Reducing abdominal pain
– Reducing nausea
– Reducing or absence of diarrhea
– Improvements in sleep
– Regulation of appetite
– Improvement of their quality of life

How can Apollo help?

Apollo Cannabis Clinic is an evidence-based clinic that has been conducting observational research on medical cannabis and conditions since 2014.

We offer free appointments to all Canadians, 7 days a week. Our healthcare professionals and patient educators are here to support you along your journey, from booking your first appointment to setting you up with a dosing schedule and helping select your products (medication). 

To book your free appointment, you can fill out a form here, or give us a call at 1-877-560-9195. If you have any questions, you can email us at

How can medical cannabis help in treating Crohn’s disease?

Medical cannabis has been found to provide symptom relief for managing the symptoms of Crohn’s including reducing abdominal pain, nausea, and regulating appetite. Some individuals state they have been able to reduce their reliance on pharmaceutical medications prescribed for Crohn’s.

What forms of medical cannabis are available and most commonly used for patients with Crohn’s?

Ingestible options (Oil and/or gelcaps) are often recommended. This is because their effects can take effect in your body for up to 8 to 12 hours and provide patients with extended relief throughout the day or night. There are also other options available that include dry flowers, edibles, beverages, and more. You can work with your Apollo healthcare practitioner to find and decide what is going to work best for you and your personal preferences.

Can I take medical cannabis alongside my other medications?

Individuals looking to use medical cannabis as a treatment option for Crohn’s may use it either alongside other medications such as pharmaceuticals or as their primary medication. It is usually recommended to be taken consistently to be effective, but there is generally no immediate harm if doses are missed. Please always confirm with a healthcare professional before starting or stopping any medication.

How do I dose medical cannabis for Crohn’s disease?

Our physicians and patient care specialists work 1-on-1 with you to find your optimal dose. As every person’s body is different, we start slow and create a personalized dosing schedule for you. If at any time you feel like you need to make adjustments, we are here to support you by phone or email 7 days a week.

Find out if medical cannabis is right for you.


Bodystream is merging into Apollo on May 1, 2023 and here at Apollo we are looking forward to welcoming all new and existing Bodystream patients for free appointments with a medical cannabis healthcare practitioner.

Bodystream is merging into Apollo on May 1, 2023 and here at Apollo we are looking forward to welcoming all new and existing Bodystream patients for free appointments with a medical cannabis healthcare practitioner.