Why is marijuana beneficial in the treatment in such a wide range of diseases? One key is its power to reduce inflammation, which has been found to be at the root of a host of chronic illnesses, including inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia, heart disease, arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that among generally healthy elderly subjects, those with the highest levels of inflammation were 260% more likely to die within the next four years.
Marijuana to Treat Inflammation
One of marijuana’s great health benefits is that it includes many components that suppress inflammation in various areas of the body. THC generally gets most of the attention, and deservedly so; it has twenty times the anti-inflammatory power of aspirin and twice that of hydrocortisone. However, THC is only a small part of how cannabis reduces inflammation and, in turn, can prevent or treat such a wide range of ailments. Although recreational users agree that THC is the fun part of using marijuana, looking for products that incorporate as many of the plant’s constituents as possible will help you to reap the health benefits as well. The following components of marijuana have been shown to aid in reducing inflammation:
Cannabinoids (chemical compounds unique to cannabis)
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
Terpenes (molecules present in all living organisms, responsible for most of a plant’s aroma and flavor)
Although there are many natural ways that we can reduce inflammation in our bodies, including eating a healthy diet free of additives and allergens, reducing stress, and exercising regularly, for people dealing with chronic illness, these measures are usually not enough. Patients who suffer from inflammation-related chronic illness are often prescribed dangerous drugs in order to keep their condition under control.
A Safer Alternative
Common mainstream medical treatments for inflammation include anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, corticosteroids (such as prednisone), and immunosuppressants. Even the over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can have severe side effects, including stomach wall rupture, heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, seizures, and life-threatening allergic reactions. In fact, it is estimated that the toxic effects of these types of drugs consitute the 15th-largest cause of death in the U.S. The long-term effects of corticosteroids can include osteoporosis and increased susceptibility to infection; and immunosuppressant medications increase a patient’s likelihood of developing many serious problems, including cancer, infections, and damage to the kidneys and liver.
The discovery of the many ways in which marijuana works to control inflammation is a great boon to patients who have had to rely on these dangerous medications. It’s also good news for those who simply enjoy this marvelous herb.
Your Retail Dispensary in Pueblo West
Nature’s Gift Shop in Pueblo West offers a wide variety of marijuana products, including buds, concentrates, and edibles. Our friendly and welcoming budtenders can help you find just the right thing for the recreational and medicinal effects you’re looking for.
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