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CBD & Crohn’s Disease

People often talk about the magic of marijuana, as opposed to the science of modern medicine. There’s a lot of science behind the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, but until recently discussing this was taboo. Unfortunately, the “Reefer Madness” stigma still thrives.

I am fortunate enough to live in Washington State, a place where safe access to alternative medicine is soon to be as commonplace as a trip to the grocery store pharmacy isle.

I work in the cannabis industry, working with regulatory tracking software to be exact, but I owe a lot more than my financial livelihood to this miracle plant. I owe my life to it. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease; I was barely 18 years old and had no idea what a role this auto immune condition would play in my day-to-day life.

I’ve injured myself more times than I can count during my youth, but nothing and I mean NOTHING compares to the constant abdominal pain I’ve felt some days from my disease. Crohn’s is a severe  form of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) caused by a combination of genetic and environmental conditions in one’s immune system. It is a painful, uncomfortable and debilitating disease and unfortunately western medicine recognizes no cure.

Crohn’s afflicts the digestive tract of more than half a million people in North America, resulting in abdominal pain, diarrhea and bloody stool, severe vomiting, and extreme weight loss. It can also result in skin and eye conditions and arthritis.

The pain and cramps have often been so bad that they literally have brought me to my knees in tears, something that the people who know me in my professional setting could never imagine. At work, as well as at home, I’m often observed as acting only on logic, devoid of emotion. I am the wall that does not move. It’s not that I do not care about things; the truth is that I’m just trying to hold it together. My family and my co-workers rely on me to be strong, and I’m OK with that, but some days are just harder than others.

I tried everything my doctors threw at me. From the 22 pills a day I was taking to the bi-monthly shots to the gut and everything in between. I took steroids for my weight loss, Mesalamine/Asacol/lialda to treat my flare-ups and had to be really careful about taking any aspirins, as this could greatly influence bleeding. I eventually worked up the nerve to try Humira, although the thought of regular self-injections, on top of my regular pain, was not a welcoming thought. It was a rocky start and it actually got worse at first, but after a few months my symptoms started to get a little better. Unfortunately, for me, the results were short-lived and I started looking for my next round of treatment attempts.

My gastroenterologist has given me some really great advice over the years, and was always upfront that there is no cure, just things that can help treat my symptoms and make my general quality of life a little better. I took everything my doctor mentioned to heart, including his advice to change my diet. But no matter how hard I tried and how well I ate, the pain and discomfort was always there. A few years ago, my dad of all people recommended I try marijuana. I’ll be honest, I smoked some in high school but that was just to have a good time. I tried it out for its medical benefits, and to my initial disappointment it didn’t really help. But it turns out I was just plain doing it wrong.

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It turns out that not only was I having adverse effects because I was smoking it, but the biggest shocker was that I was using the wrong kind. I guess I should have applied a little common sense and realized that smoking anything is just going to add to my inflammation problems. I should have been eating it all along.

I knew there were different strains of cannabis plants, but I figured it’s all about the same, right? The more I learned about cannabis and its cannabinoid compounds, the more in awe of it I became. And I only came to discover this wonder, through wonderful happenstance.

I was given a “medicated” blueberry muffin by a friend of mine and boy was I mad. I was mad because I ate this muffin hoping for a good buzz and I just waited and waited and waited. I’d heard that cannabis-infused edibles can sometimes take a while to kick in. My friend came up and asked me how I felt, and I angrily retorted that I didn’t feel anything! That’s when I realized that I really didn’t feel any pain either, for the first time in years. And that to me was better than any high I was looking for. Turns out that it wasn’t a dud, it was simply a CBD-infused muffin. CBD is a compound found in cannabis plants, some strains more than others, that doesn’t get you high!  Ever since then, I have been using CBD cannabis products almost every day.

Turning a New Leaf      

CBD is found in hemp, and can be legally imported into the United States. It turns out humans actually have natural receptors for cannabinoids, which is one of the reasons this plant works so well on people, across the board.

What is difference between marijuana and hemp plants? At first glance marijuana and hemp plants look almost identical, but they are different in almost as many ways as they are similar. In their own rites they are each hailed as miracle plants. Marijuana is used specifically as an alternative to pharmaceutical pain relievers and is known for giving the user a strong intoxicating euphoria to go along with its pain relieving properties.

Hemp can be used to make paper, rope, clothing, plastic alternatives, fuels, cosmetic products, and more. But the amazing thing that they have in common is that they both produce CBD in varying amounts depending on the strains. CBD  helps relax muscle spasms, which means that instead of just numbing the pain symptoms, like an Advil would, it actually helps with the causes of the painful contractions in the first place.

CBD has given me back a quality of life that years of debilitating pain and piles of prescription medications made me feel like I could never find again. I have been able to stay off of all of my prescription medications, and still use CBD products almost every day.

*The FDA has not evaluated the validity or truthfulness of these claims; therefore, we encourage you to review published researches relating to the benefits and properties of CBD hemp oils and other CBD products..

Dan McMahon is the EVP of Government Solutions at BioTrackTHC, the world leader in the cannabis tracking compliance solutions. After a career in banking and finance he decided to use his business degrees and regulatory compliance background to follow his new-found passion and fascination in the cannabis industry. Although his job in the industry keeps him travelling, he resides in beautiful Washington State. In his leisure he enjoys fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities.

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52 thoughts on “How CBD Oil Alleviated My Crohn’s Disease”

  1. Hey I would tell you to start out small with 25mg a day then after about a week add in another 25mg in the evening! That is what I do and it works.

  2. Elizabeth Coombs

    My son is 7 with crohns disease. He is on heavy medications that quite honestly are poison. They have increased his quality of life, but it scares me to have him take these harsh drugs. I can not find dosing for children, does anyone know where I could find this? I asked the local pharmacist and she had no idea because it is so new.

  3. I recently started using CBD Oil and am learning more about it every day. You have Good, Better and Best. The oil I use is of the Best category and is nano enhanced which means (small particle size below 100 nm)10X strength and 6X faster uptake then pharmaceutical brands. 100% bioavailability, like taking it intraveneously. It goes through a 2 step purification process, does not sit in a carrier oil like other oils. Theirs get in the gi and at best you only get 10-30% absorbtion.

  4. I work in a Hospital and I have talked to a bunch of doctors and none have said anything about the CBD oil, I guess because they can’t make money off it. But what I did, was read a lot about it and as everyone know crones is different for each person that has it, what works on one does not work on another. So I ordered a cheap CDB on e-bay and I would use a little in the morning then in the evening. So dosage would depend on the grade of the CBD and how your body responds to it. I also take hyoscyamine 0.125MG and I take these as needed. Between the 2 of these I don’t have flair ups as often or when I do they are minor. I hope this helps someone.

  5. Thank you, Lon. What is the source of your CBD oil? Can anyone explain why the price varies so much? Could one expect/hope to be off remicade all together after a period of time or would it be more realistic to simply decrease the rate of infusions? Thank you and best of luck!

  6. i try him out too just to discover his high potent THC/CBD Oil is the best for my Tumor and brain cancer

  7. Dr Peter Hurt is a God sent on this site am now free from anxiety, back and nerve pains after getting some of his high THC sativa strains (medical marijuana ) and a 9/9 (% THC/% CBD) indica strain dry weed for 3 months full dose am now pain free . Once more again thanks Dr .Call/Text him via # (804) 537-0917 .

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  9. Thanks so much, Ben. Hemp oil? Any particular kind/brand? Where do I find? Do you plan to use it only during flares or all the time?

  10. Check out CW Cbd oil. I’ve only started taking it for a few days and my symptoms from Crohns have already subsided a little.

  11. Hi Everyone,
    My daughter who is 23 years old has been on Humira for Crohn’s for about 8 months. I am very uncomfortable with this; I don’t trust big pharma and don’t observe her Gi informing/encouraging her about alternatives, diet, or lifestyle options that would be healing. (I am searching for a better doctor in St. Paul, MN if anyone can make a suggestion.)

    I am thankful for this discussion and have a couple questions: In the last week my daughter has experienced extreme pain in her joins. We are told this could be arthritis which can accompany Crohn’s. I am concerned this pain might be a side effect of her Humira. Any thoughts on this? Can any of you comment on whether CBD would alleviate both the intestinal issues related to Crohn’s as well as the pain in her joints? Can you instruct me as to where she could get CBD in Minnesota? The cost? Thank you so much. Good luck to all of you!


  12. Hello my name is Tom Christine , my husband was suffering from liver cancer, and the doctor’s told me that there is nothing they could do to save my beloved husband life.Then a friend told me about cannabis oil, i told her that my husband liver cancer is in the last stage, that i don’t think this cannabis oil will be able to help him out,but she persuaded me to try and see it myself, for the love of my husband, i decided to give it a try. I did some research and i found a doctor Rick Simpson who helped me with the cannabis oil to cure my husband liver cancer and he assured me that after 4 months the liver cancer will be gone, and For the past one year my husband is perfectly okay and he is free from cancer, if you know any one who is suffering from cancer you can save his/her life by contacting Rick Simpson via his, it worked exactly as he prescribed. Thanks to Rick Simpson for taking away sorrow in my life. God will bless Rick Simpson for helping me with cannabis oil and for his support and care. contact:,or you can also get in touch with them on their Facebook Page i will keep on sharing this great testimony,so that everybody can see how cannabis oil fight and kill cancer, all i have to say is THANK YOU LORD.

  13. Hi Ronald, can you please tell me a bit more about your diet? I suffer from ulcerative colitis since 18 years, last year has been really bad for me….I’m looking into natural solutions as I’m tired of the meds…did you figure out the dosage of CBD oil? Thank you! M

  14. Luanne Taylor

    yes, that was my problem, not one article mentioned dosage, doctors just stare at you when you ask, Mom did take the 250mg and it must not have helped because she is no longer taking it…I gave up. Shouldn’t be this hard, I want Universal Healthcare…we’re slaves to ins companies.

  15. what MG of CBD OIL would you suggest. I would assume maybe a higher mg being that the CBD is inhaled. What do you know about the effects of 1500mg or the 2500mg CBD OIL?

  16. thank you for you information. I have been suffering with Crohn’s for 14yrs now and I have noticed that the digestive tract is most effected with others like me. Thus I wanted to share how I used the CBD SYRUP and the effects were amazing. Mornings are normally a little rough for me depending on how my Crohn’s is feeling. The CBD SYRUP is ingested and I started with the 350mg bottle. I would take about 10ml at around 5 after work it takes a little time to kick in about an hour or so. It is suggested that you take it on an empty stomach. After about an hour or two I notice this feeling of mello come over my stomach. The thing I like best is that it lasts all night so my sleep is restful and in the morning I am still pain free. The CBD SYRUP starts to wear off around 930 am 10. However you can notice that feeling of there being no bad feelings of pain or discomfort. There are higher doses depending on the individual. Ingesting it has a longer effect in my opinion but I haven’t tried the vapor yet.

  17. Karen McCulloch

    Would you share what you’ve learned so far? I’m on my 3rd year of a bad flare (U.C.) and I just got a bottle of vaping liquid that I was told to use sublingually. I’m a bit discouraged because (I believe the entire bottle) contains 14.5mg of cbd oil, and I’ve read 25 mg 2x daily is the dose for chronic pain. I realize everyone is different, but hearing from others with similar symptoms is helpful!

  18. Hi I have been living with Crohns for 13years now is there a doctor in Atlanta? I found a shop that has the CBD oil but I am unsure of the dosage to use or what kind will treat my inflammation the best.

  19. There is no info on dosing!
    I keep reading all these stories of how CBD helps people with IBD. I have read medical papers on it. Not one mentions dosing. 100mg concentration 10000000 times a day? or a 1200 mg concentration 3x a day? I am desperate and need to buy this stuff out of pocket but cant afford a 300$ bottle of snake oil right now. It would be great if just ONE of these stories people talked about how much MJ or CBD they actually use to get relief, how they use it, what concentration, how often, etc, etc.

  20. Read the book “The Enzyme Factor” By Dr Hyromi Shinya He is the coinventor the the colonoscopy and the Shinya Technique. Dr Shinya is a leading expert in colon and intestinal health. He uses Enzymes and Kangen water to treat many of his clients.

  21. If you are looking for other methods of reducing inflammation and improving your health look at and if you are a grower this system produces the perfect pH water to increase growth by 3 to 5 times, and it produces a 2.5 pH water for treating mold, mildew, and bacteria the cause production loss

  22. Do you find that it also helps with all your Crohn’s symptoms? As soon as it’s legal here, I’m taking a visit to see my doctor asap. I hate biologics.

  23. How much oil is recommended. I am a 15 year crohns patient and was recently taken off humira because of lupus side effects. They want me to start another drug but I am tired of the side effects. I want to know how much is taken each day please.
    My email address is.

    God bless!

  24. Thank you everyone, I read your posts. I’ve been on Humira for 10 years and Imuran for 25 years, had 7 resection surgeries since 95, Crohn’s for 40 years, and taken too many narcotics and steroids in the 80’s and 90’s. Today with meditation, exercise, diet, and the Humira/Imuran my Crohns is in check (No narcotics or steroids). I am in the process of transitioning from Humira/Imuran to CBD oil and edibles, I want off the drugs. Any suggestions on dosages? Transition time? Any help/advise with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  25. I have some questions about treating Ulcerative Colitis and Dermatomyositis with cannabis.

    For a very long time now, I’ve been dealing with stomach issues, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea and although I’ve taken cannabis recreationally in the past I didn’t think of it as a remedy for my health issues until once day it dawned on me that I’m free of discomfort when I’ve taken it, in some form.

    I’m interested to know how many of you find relief from symptoms and what those symptoms are.

    Thank you! 🙂

  26. I have not tried cbd oil. But I have read only good thing about. I am only commenting to tell you to stay strong and flares will pass. Hospitals suck but its jsut part of life for hundreds of millions of people around world. So you aren’t alone. IF you can get some CBD oil try it. IT works on inflammation as well and works against TNF which is what humira and remicade work against as well! I would try it as you have nothin to lose but a but of money by trying it. Even if you dont get pain relief it is still healthy for you

  27. Hi fellow crohnes and cannabis people I also have crohnes and I also use cannabis for relief of the debilitating effects of the disease and the life it steals from you no one knows what I am talking about except the other unfortunate people that try to live with it in the beginning I was unable to stay out of the hospital all the symptoms and side effects from the disease and the many medications It was impossible to be functional as a wife and mother and was not able to contribute towards my family’s support i was feeling like a very disfunctional being worthless person I have always believed that there was a lot of medical use in cannabis as a young adult I had started to experiment with cannabis and with my surprise my crohnes symptoms all started to get better so I was so confused because I knew It was helping me get better but every time I had to go to ER because of the crohnes I was not treated like all the other patience because of the cannabis that was in my system when I took the urine and blood test they treated me like I was a hardcore drug addict I wasn’t getting the proper medical attention that was needed they would withhold medications to help me be comfortable it was my nightmare so as time went by the cannabist was helping more and more I kind of learned what would hurt me and what would help me I just got very educated in the disease and then the treatment with cannabis so all I’m saying it is if you’re not educated in the territory don’t pass judgement on something you don’t know about or on the individual that is only doing something to make their quality of life better so I was very very ill and trying to get out of my head what the doctors and nurses was saying that I was a drug addict there was nothing more wrong and what they were saying because now 25 years later I am a functional wife mother and grandmother and the contributor to our family and to the world so until a close family member of some one important in the state of Indiana has to experience the time in life with crohn’s disease I will continue to be discreet about my treatment that I choose to treat my disease with which is very unfortunate because the knowledge and the wisdom have this debilitating disease could help other people like ourselves to live with the disease with dignity

  28. I live in NY. I have Crohns. I’ve had two surgeries so far, and I’m currently getting a very bad flare up. I’m going on about two weeks now and feel like I’ll soon be headed for the ER. My doctor will have me on remicaid soon, and I don’t know if I trust it. Can I get this oil in NY?

  29. Thanks Dan. Have you had a colonoscopy since you started using the CDB oil? I’m wondering if you have been able to compare, and can see an improvement in the actual inflammatory process in your gut via colonoscopy. Thanks.

  30. Luanne Taylor

    My older Mother has just started using CBD Oil from Hemp (250mg)…she does not have Crohns, but similar symptions…is 250mg enough for her to tell if it helps? I was hoping to find out what type of dosage you take for GI tract problems…should we order the 1700mg bottle?

  31. Hi Dan, I’d love to ask a couple questions about what you’re taking. Could you email me at Thank you so much! I’m really desperate as I’m in a 3-month flare right now.

  32. I read with much interest your article. I live in NY, Did you try cannabis juicing? I have intolerance to fats so cannot ingest cannabis oil. Any alternative?

  33. Aloha Dan!
    Is there an opportunity for you to share the most important detail – Where do you get your ‘remedy’? There is a great deal of confusion and hype about that end of the conversation. It’s enough to discourage someone like me – who is living with the same challenges you described – but not ‘in the know’ as to where to turn. I would be *happy* to give you my contact email info to discuss offline!
    Thank you!!

  34. Hey John,

    I apologize for not going more personal on some things here, I was trying to make the point that it’s helped me immensely without hijacking the article itself.

    I can say that I’ve had a greater deal of success with CBD derived from cannabis as opposed to hemp, but I still find the hemp products to work very well for the inflammation itself.

    Smoking it absolutely helps dull the pain, but I found that smoking it was only tending to my immediate symptom of pain and some discomfort. Edibles and high potency topicals have really helped me more with my day to day. I feel much less bloated and my ‘frequency’, although still much higher than the average person is maybe 20% of what it once was, and for people like us that’s a miracle in itself. I honestly stopped feeling most of my nausea once I got off of my other meds, but the cramps are something I still use oil on a regular basis to combat. Edibles keep everything at bay longer I’ve found, they take longer to work… but when they do… they really do. As far as the blood and consistency go, yes it helped. More with the blood and cramps and inflammation than the consistency of stool, but that’s where I’m at now. Anyone who tells you there’s a miracle cure to this is dead wrong. At first all I was getting were short term benefits, but although small..they were better than any of the results I’d realistically had in the past. But over the last few years I have started to feel “normal” again.

    I’m not a doctor and won’t advise on what you SHOULD do, all I can say is that it’s going to be frustrating and take a number of months of regular use before you see “real progress”. I won’t even go as far as saying it fixed my problems, but it undeniably helped get me to a place where I can pick up the pieces and I feel a lot less isolated in the world, and that’s probably one of the most painful parts.

    I wish you the best of luck, thank you for reading my article. I’m by no means a professional writer and hoped you got something out of it.



  35. johnnyboyjohn

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but are any other symptoms gone beside the pain? Crohn’s has a whole fruitbasket of symptoms including pain, loose stools, blood, excess gas, bloating, nausea, etc..

    I would have liked a little more personal stuff related as to these symptoms and how long it took for them to go. I can tell you from personal experience that smoking it actually does work very well, the pain is dulled almost immediately, the nausea is history. While the bloating might dissipate over a 24 hour period, you’d need to use every day for it to continue not feeling the symptoms, something I’m not able to do.

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