Inflammation is something we’ve all experienced at one time or another. This is the body’s way of letting the immune system know that there’s a problem that needs fixing. It signals to the immune system that an injury of some kind has taken place, and allows the immune system to get to work with healing.
While this is a perfectly natural bodily function, and one that we all rely on, it can cause problems. Chronic inflammation is a symptom of a huge number of conditions and diseases, and can cause severe pain for patients.
White blood cells are sent en mass to the injured/infected area of the body, and these cells release a cocktail of chemicals which are intended to help in the healing process. However, sometimes these chemicals can cause excess fluid in the affected tissue, which results in swelling. This swelling can stimulate nerves in the area, and cause pain.
Autoimmune diseases are diseases which are caused by constant inflammation, which tricks the immune system into attacking healthy tissue in the body. Some examples of these diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and psoriasis. Patients who suffer from these conditions are forced to try their best to manage their symptoms as best they can and maximize their quality of life.
Anti-inflammatory pain medications are usually prescribed for people with chronic inflammation. Although these drugs can be effective, they can cause headaches, nausea and ulcers among other things. So, some patients have turned to cannabis as a seemingly safer anti-inflammatory pain reliever.
Medical cannabis has been proven to have significant anti-inflammatory properties in countless studies and clinical trials. Furthermore, the plant has become synonymous with chronic pain relief. There is much hope among the medical science community that a cannabis-based anti-inflammatory drug will find its way to drug store shelves in the near future.