Many people who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are turning to cannabis (or medical marijuana) to ease some of the symptoms of the disease. In addition to the already converted, there are many others who are curious about cannabis and whether or not it could help them. MORE: Fitness vlogger talks about using cannabis for her Crohn's flares. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a natural medicine. In modern society, there have been clinical trials using mice to study the effects of cannabis on ulcerative colitis. These studies have shown positive results but there still hasn't been any clinical trials to study the effects of cannabis on humans with IBD. (Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information) Clinical trials on biopsies from people with ulcerative colitis found that one of the cannabinoid properties of cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD) was as effective as an anti-inflammatory medicine. A questionnaire of 30 people with Crohn's disease in Israel who smoked cannabis daily showed that 21 people found cannabis helped with their symptoms. (Source: Canadian Society of Intestinal Research) MORE: More research is needed to validate cannabis for routine IBD treatment. IBD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.