THC and inflammation: What does the relationship between the two mean for health?

Beyond its reported effectiveness, a main perk is that weed is generally not associated with significant side effects.

The GrowthOp 2 minute read November 16, 2021

Researchers believe that cannabinoids are able to create pathways in the brain that reduce or shut off the body’s anti-inflammatory response. / Getty Images

Cannabis is an anti-inflammatory agent and the plant has long been associated with a variety of benefits related to pain and inflammation. The compound’s effect on inflammation has reportedly helped people manage symptoms of chronic pain, injury recovery and more.

The elements present in cannabis, such as THC and CBD, have been linked with anti-inflammatory properties, making them good options for a variety of illnesses. These findings have appeared in various studies, and have also been reported by a significant number of pro athletes.

Crohn’s disease and chronic pain, both heavily influenced by a patient’s degree of inflammation, are just some ailments that report benefits when paired with cannabis.

A study involving patients with Crohn’s indicates that 10 out of 11 subjects experienced some form of relief thanks to cannabis while avoiding steroids or other types of medications, which may bring with the dangerous or addictive side effects.

While marijuana’s effects on inflammation may be less than that provided by opioids or other medications, the main perk that weed offers is that it generally provides no significant side effects.

“For me, the major benefits of cannabis are as an anti-inflammatory and the relief from pain, headaches and other concussion symptoms that I still have years after suffering a bunch of them,” football player Eugene Monroe told Playboy.

“I went from scheduling X amount of pills throughout each day to eliminating all of them. Now that I use cannabis, the only pills I take are vitamins and minerals. There’s no more pharmaceuticals,” Monroe said.

Why is this the case?

There is no all-around single identified reason, but researchers believe that cannabinoids are able to create pathways in the brain that reduce or shut off the body’s anti-inflammatory response. And while THC and CBD have provided a large percentage of anti-inflammatory results when tested on their own, cannabis’ entourage effect (the collaboration of all elements within the cannabis plant) might be the recipe that provides the best effect of all.

Cannabis and its compounds THC and CBD are very promising elements when it comes to treating inflammation. It is hoped that in future, research will have advanced to the point where cannabis is considered as just another valuable option available to people.

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