Pancreatitis and the Effects of Medical Maijuana

by Find Medical Marijuana Dispensaries at on 09/14/2012 - 02:55 pm

Pancreatitis Medical Maijuana

Pancreatitis and the Effects of Medical Maijuana


by: Mitch Williams


Behind the stomach is a large vital gland known as the pancreas. It is designed to release glucagon, hormones and insulin as well as producing digestive enzymes that help the body absorb and digest food. Being that the pancreas is a storage base for digestive enzymes, injuries, such as pancreatitis, can become potentially menacing.


Pancreatitis is the inflation of the pancreas due to alcohol abuse, gallstones, physical trauma, medical procedures or medications, infections, high fat levels in the blood or hereditary diseases. The pain correlated with pancreatitis can range from mild to severe and may result in dehydration, hyperglycemia and further suffering such as nausea or vomiting, rapid heart rate or breathing, oily stools, fever, sweating, abdominal tenderness and weight loss.


There are three types of pancreatitis: acute—damage to the pancreas due to inflammation; however, most patients recover completely with treatment—chronic—severe longstanding damage marked by pancreatic necrosis and/or the loss of pancreatic function—and hereditary.

Medical marijuana is not the predominant remedy recommended by most doctors. Yet, the National Cancer Institute states that it provides natural anti-inflammatory effects. Because pancreatitis can lead to further life-threatening complications such as anorexia and cachexia, medical marijuana can alleviate these factors by increasing one’s appetite. Gas-forming foods should be avoided and instead, patients should opt for a low fat diet that is high in carbohydrates and proteins six times a day (three small meals with snacks in between) accompanied by plenty of fluids to reduce the workload and pressure on the pancreas.


Food, at times, may cause attacks, or pain to the pancreas, which is why ingesting marijuana infused food products are not highly suggested. Instead, inhalation can be most useful as it helps reduce pain and the use of other pharmaceuticals that many patients depend on to assist in restoring the pancreas or coping with the attacks.



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