Millions of people suffer from chronic inflammation. For those who live with autoimmune diseases, their immune system reacts as if there is an infection, even if everything is normal. Sometimes, the body damages itself. It is difficult to get the body to shut off this response once it has begun. An estimated 30 million people suffer from arthritis alone. Often times, people are left having to take a number of pain relievers per day or undergo surgery.
Luckily, medical marijuana is a valid option for anti-inflammatory treatment for those who live in a state that has deemed medical marijuana legal. It has been found to be able to reduce the inflammation as well as stopping the pain. Arthritis is one of the conditions that has been proven to be treated by cannabis. Not only does it reduce the inflammatory response and stop the pain, it helps get them off of the number of pharmaceutical medicines.
What does Medical Marijuana Help
There are a number of ailments that causes this. Evidence has proven to help quite a few of these ailments such as:
• Irritable bowel disease
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Crohn’s disease
How Medical Marijuana Helps
The active parts of cannabis are called cannabinoids. Within these are chemicals called terpenoids and flavonoids. There are two cannabinoids that have been highly researched and found to aide in the treatment of inflammation: THC and CBD. THC is what gives recreational users a ‘high.’ CBD is not psychoactive and is believed to help stop the high when taken with THC.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a strong anti-inflammatory treatment and pain killer. It also has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression. CBD, or cannabidoil, is very helpful for autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Other proven benefits of CBD include reducing pain and the inflammatory response, controlling seizures, and treating some mental illnesses.
People are often concerned that using medical marijuana will result in the psychoactive result, but researchers are now finding that another cannabinoid, (E)-BCP, helps to reduce inflammation without the undesired result. This specific chemical is found in food that is commonly eaten, such as black pepper, oregano, basil, cinnamon, carrots, and celery.
Scientists now realize that they can manipulate cannabinoids to produce a strong treatment. There are cannabinoid receptors; scientist would focus on CB2. By doing so, THC would reduce inflammation without producing the high that is common. CB2 receptors reduce pain at the pain site as well as throughout the entire body.
Scientific study has already proven THC capable of reducing nausea, and this resulted in the FDA approving two medicines containing THC to be released in a pill form. Studies are being continued and funded to help further our knowledge of THC and how to utilize it safely as an anti-inflammatory treatment.