Cigarettes were once deemed a danger to our race as it wasn’t culturally acceptable to smoke in any form. Although lawmakers have passed laws which made it legal, heavy taxation was placed on the sale of tobacco to make it inaccessible to everyone who wanted it. This made it a luxury, and the same case was replicated for marijuana in the recent past despite the convincing health benefits which do not exclude the treatment of inflammation.
Kinds of Marijuana
Two types of marijuana are being sold across the world. The first kind is the medical marijuana and the second type is recreational marijuana. Since the laws in various countries are different regarding these two, some states have legalized the use of medical marijuana; some have legalized the use of recreational marijuana while others are yet to follow suit with either option.
Recreational marijuana may be a point of debate, but no chemical compound has ever been regarded as lethal once the healing properties of that chemical have been revealed. The same was the case when the benefits of medical marijuana surfaced on the sphere of medical science.
The Anti-inflammatory Benefits
Some of the general anti-inflammatory benefits of marijuana which are widely accepted in the pharmaceutical industry and by medical professionals include both the reduction of inflammation and the curtailing of pains that are associated with inflammatory-related diseases. This has been made possible by its two principal cannabinoids – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Pure marijuana is also known for treating symptoms of illness which is one of the biggest benefits we can name. Some of these diseases are painful in nature and marijuana helps in numbing the pain. The benefits of marijuana in regards to treating the disease symptoms have been the initial drive behind its legalization and home cultivation. It is known to deal with the symptoms of the resulting inflammation-related diseases:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases
- Atherosclerosis, and
- Some cancers.
Treatment of Inflammation
Inflammation is an internal defense mechanism that comes with pain since the skin and mucous membranes are the first defense lines against infection. The acute phase response of the human innate immune system produces local inflammation and promotes the migration of plasma proteins and phagocytes into the infected tissues. The good news at this juncture is that the pain associated with inflammation can be subsided by using marijuana. It is, however, necessary to know that there are two kinds of inflammation in the human body which occurs after an injury (whether internal or external) or infection. The two types include:
This is the first kind of inflammation which occurs just after an injury or infection in the human tissue or skin. The area surrounding the wound swells up and reddens because of the immune system action. It is the natural response of the body and a positive sign. Therefore, it should not be a worry unless the swelling elongates for a longer time.
Chronic inflammation occurs when the immune systems don’t stop fighting the injury even after the injury has been healed. The white blood cells have no injuries to fight so they turn towards the healthy cells. This brings about a reaction in which constant swelling and pain becomes part of the daily routine. This can further turn into long lasting health problems with painful aftermath.
How Marijuana Helps
Several studies have demonstrated the success of both CBD and THC in the reduction of inflammations that are associated with a variety of conditions. Indeed, the pain that is caused by inflammation can be severe to bear. However, in modern times, people have started using marijuana to reduce the pain of inflammation. Marijuana is directly linked with reducing inflammation as well as the pain it causes in the human body.
The CBD and THC both work to reduce the inflammation pain in the human body, but take different routes in doing so. The airway inflammation usually comes after flu is and THC easily subsides the manifestation of atherosclerosis just by smoking a small amount of pot. However, CBD is instrumental in playing down pain which comes about as a result of inflammation in joints and bones. CBD can also control the swelling of body parts due to different diseases. The Crohn’s disease which is the inflammation of the lower digestive tract can also be treated with small amounts of high CBD grade marijuana.
According to various research works, cannabis has been found effective in treating chronic inflammation as well as acute inflammation. This is due to the property of CBD and THC which reduces the production of cytokines and lowers the elevation of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Cytokines are reactionary proteins which initiate the cell reaction, and that’s mainly the intervention of the THC. The CBD also has additional benefits which include restraining the progress of amidohydrolase enzyme. This synergistic process reduces the chances of further inflammation in the already affected area.
The health benefits of marijuana regarding inflammation are due to the existence of beta-caryophyllene in marijuana. Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene that is found in various plant leaves. These plants include that of cinnamon, oregano, basil and black pepper. All these plants are used in anti-inflammatory diets which make a connection with marijuana benefits for inflammation patients (especially chronic inflammation).
Methods of Usage
Marijuana can be used in diverse ways. Smoking is not the only method of using it for the various benefits that it provides. It could also be:
- Vaporized (here, it is heated until the active ingredients are released, without smoke formation)
- Eaten (usually in the form of cookies or candy) and
- Taken as a liquid extract
The benefits of marijuana regarding the treatment for chronic inflammation and acute inflammation itself cannot be negated. The kind of grass used – whether recreational or medical and the method adopted becomes non-circumspect this way. You can use recreational or medical marijuana in any form; the result will be the same when it comes to treating pain from inflammation or inflammation itself.