Remember the days during our childhood when we get hurt? Everyone’s parents had some special way they calmed their child after a small injury, whether it be with a small kiss or a little rhyme. However, now that we are old enough we are expected to deal with all the pain on the outside and even on the inside ourselves.
As adults our tolerance to small injuries is much higher, however longer lasting problems generally result in us seeking some form of medical attention or treatment to help ease symptoms. Inflammation is generally one of these conditions.
The natural response of our body’s immune system to foreign objects that can cause harm is called inflammation. Inflammation is part of the defense mechanism of our body and happens when your immune system interacts with antigens that could cause damage to your body. Inflammation is an unavoidable part of the healing process. There are a few ways to recognise inflammation;
Pathogens like bacteria, fungi or viruses often cause more serious cases of inflammation. External Injuries such as a cut, or physical trauma that results in bruising, no matter how small, can cause localized inflammation. It can be caused by radiation or through exposure to certain chemicals.
There are diseases that cause inflammation in specific parts of our body. Most of these illnesses end with “itis” like arthritis, bronchitis, dermatitis, and encephalitis. Inflammation is a natural response to nearly every disease and is also a natural part of the healing process. Every one of us experiences inflammation at some point during our lives.
How can marijuana be used for medical purposes? A marijuana plant has three well-known types, cannabis sativa, cannabis ruderalis and cannabis indica. Each plant has different characteristics from the how the plant looks up to the balance of compounds that can be extracted from it.
Cannabis plants have over a hundred discovered compounds. Plus, there are at least two major compounds the THC and CBD, that have been identified and as research investigates others, each is gaining importance. They all generally have a mix of different and similar characteristics and attributes.
With the discovery of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the use of marijuana became controversial. THC is well-known for its psychoactive effects that made medical cannabis illegal in some states. THC stimulates the psychological response of the brain causing not only mental but also physical impact on the body.
The tetrahydrocannabinol connects to the CB1 receptors of your endocannabinoid system, causing your ECS to produce dopamine. Dopamine creates a sense of euphoria or relaxation. Despite being psychoactive THC is also a powerful anti-inflammatory substance although it can also reduce the effectiveness of your body’s immune system.
Another compound of medical cannabis that can be a potential anti-inflammatory substance is CBN or cannabinol. CBN has a sedative effect with little to non-psychoactive properties. CBN is the result of oxidation of THC and it’s not just anti-inflammatory but also anti-insomnia and can promote the growth of bone cells. If having a hard time sleeping CBN might come in handy.
The most famous and most used component of a marijuana plant is called CBD or cannabidiol. CBD is especially abundant in hemp. Cannabidiol has no psychoactive effects. CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-psychotic, anti-cancer properties and also has neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. Some people have started to call it a “miracle medicine.”
Medical cannabis possesses anti-inflammatory properties thanks to THC, CBN, and CBD. Each of these cannabinoids has anti-inflammatory properties. Medical marijuana directly affects our endocannabinoid system receptors. CB1 and CB2 receptors are responsible for regulating our central nervous and immune systems.
One mechanism of action results in the excitement of your ECS to produce increased quantities of a cannabinoid that is produced naturally in our bodies. It can more directly fight inflammation and other chronic pain.
There are CBD creams that you can use in a localized manner. Since you apply it directly to the area where inflammation starts, it can provide relief directly to the target. You can also promote healing by drinking a cup of CBD tea. This is due to the beneficial effects of cannabidiol on the immune system in general.
Evidence of medical marijuana as a potent anti-inflammatory treatment has grown rapidly in recent times. Not only being influential in the inflammation process, but it can also be an alternative treatment for psychological problems like depression and anxiety. Even with sexually transmitted diseases like herpes and aids there’s evidence of therapeutic possibilities.
In conclusion, inflammation is typical for everyone to experience, it is our body’s natural way of indicating that something is wrong with our body. Medical marijuana seems to be used for more severe inflammation or severe disease. Despite having few side effects, higher doses or certain combinations with other medicines can result in risks.