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07/14/2016 / By Claire Rankin
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged that chronic diseases are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world. The best way to address the health risks of chronic disease is to reduce chronic inflammation. How does cannabis help?
Both THC and CBD in marijuana have demonstrated success at reducing inflammation related to a variety of health conditions. Research so far has shown that THC is able to reduce the development of atherosclerosis, the chronic inflammatory disease and a major risk factor of heart attacks and strokes, and at reducing airway inflammation related to the flu virus
Joint inflammation is reduced with CBD and it is effective at inhibiting the disease’s progression.
Inflammatory pain is a common symptom of a number of chronic inflammation diseases, such as sickle cell disease and cancer. Cannabis can help to manage pain in these conditions. The cannabinoids in cannabis act upon the cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1, CB2), which are involved in the mediation of pain associated with inflammation.
Factors that contribute to chronic inflammation include:
Red meat – especially if the cattle are not pasture-reared.
Sugar – especially sucrose, fructose and glucose. These sugars lead to increased levels of inflammation. Read labels and make organic food choices that do not have added sugar.
Stress – hormones that are produced when we are stressed are detrimental to health if they are elevated. Find a way to reduce stress and remember if you are not sleeping enough, stress hormones can be elevated. Taking a little marijuana an hour or two before bed can relly help to give you a great night’s sleep.
In addition to taking medical marijuana to counter inflammation, try herbal teas such as rooibos, stinging nettle and rosemary tea. Supplements such as MSM, glucosamine and certain essential oils such as Frankinsense are known to be anti-inflammatory.
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