R. Balfour Sartor, MD, Chairperson Emeritus of the National Scientific Advisory Committee of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, stated in the article "Cannabis and IBD: A Fragile Connection," available at (accessed Aug. 4, 2005):

“Because IBD [Inflammatory Bowel Disease] is an illness that lasts a lifetime, patients and their physicians should concentrate on discovering the cause of symptoms and pinpointing a treatment that will control them without causing adverse side effects.

Using a substance such as marijuana to alleviate symptoms only masks the actual problem.”

Aug. 4, 2005