Emerging Treatments

Cannabis for treatment of Crohn’s or colitis

Watch our video presentation to learn from an expert gastroenterologist and researcher about the use of cannabis for intestinal disorders, gut inflammation, symptom management and what current research tells us about cannabis and IBD. This presenation is suitable for adults living with Crohn's or colitis, caregivers of people with Crohn's or colitis, health care providers or those who wish to gain additional information.

To learn more about cannabis for Crohn's or colitis, read this article from an expert gastroenterologist. 

Fecal transplantation

Fecal transplantation (also known as ‘stool transplant’, ‘human probiotic infusion’ and ‘stool enema’), is an experimental procedure of inserting stool from a healthy donor into a recipient to restore the normal microbiome (microorganisms that live in our body) in a recipient’s large bowel.

The procedure is beginning to show some promise in the treatment of ulcerative colitis in controlled clinical trials, one funded by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Research is ongoing in this area. There are potential known and unknown risks associated with experimental treatment of this nature.

Watch our video to learn more from experts in the field about the human microbiome and latest advancements in fecal matter transplant research for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. This presentation was part of the 2017 Gutsy Learning Series

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada understands the eagerness and impatience of some patients; however, we urge patients not to perform fecal transplantation themselves, or to accept a fecal transplant, outside of a research ethics board-approved clinical trial and to wait for scientific evidence as there are significant safety concerns including risk of serious infection. This is still a new area of study, the effects of this treatment are still being investigated and the longer-term effects of fecal transplants remain unknown. Read our full position paper on Fecal Transplantation here. 

Stem cell therapies

Stem cells may be able to help repair some of the damage caused by inflammation by ‘resetting’ the immune system – making new cells, inhibiting inflammation, stimulating tissue repair and dampening the immune response.

Currently, there are no Health Canada approved stem cell therapies for treating Crohn’s disease, but many research teams around the world are working to discover stem cell therapies for Crohn’s.

Visit the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation website for more information on research progress in this area.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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