According to a new study in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, medical marijuana may help people who suffer from Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease.

The small study contained 21 patients who suffered from the disease who didn’t respond to the traditional therapy options. Half the patients were given marijuana joints that contained THC. The control group was given placebo marijuana joints that had the THC removed.

According to the authors, “Although the primary endpoint of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 week) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 11 patients with active CD, compared to placebo, without side effects.”

This is just the latest study to show medical marijuana could be beneficial for a range of conditions.

While many states have medical marijuana laws it is still technically illegal under federal law. Federal law list marijuana as Schedule I, meaning it has no accepted medical use. While the Obama administration has the power to unilaterally reschedule marijuana it has actively fought against the change.

In a true Kafkaesque twist the Obama administration claims there is not enough qualified research to justify rescheduling marijuana, but that is in large part due to the fact that the administration continues to work to make it nearly impossible for American scientists to do research of marijuana potential benefits.

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