Research about inflammation and THC
Inflammation and THC

For millennia cannabis has helped ease inflammation. Now science explains how it works!

Inflammation can be a friend who isn’t sure when to quit. When it gets too intense, THC may help provide balance… but how? Read on for studies of inflammation and THC.

Also below is a quick intro to your body’s endocannabinoid system.


Your Endocannabinoid System and THC

THC is helpful because of its connection with your endocannabinoid system or ECS.

Your ECS is an electrochemical system for nerves. It helps your body regulate inflammatory response, temperature and other basic functions.

To regulate your ECS, your body makes chemicals… but plant-sourced chemicals such as THC can stimulate it too. This is why THC may help reduce inflammation and pain.

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Cancer and Inflammation

Mantovani, A. “The inflammation-cancer connection.” February 2018. FEBS Journal.

The medical journal FEBS presents 10 studies of cancer and inflammation. Their summary article states that about 25% of cancers may be triggered by inflammation and infection. Follow the journal link to see previews of the 10 reports.

Diabetes Inflammation Cut by THC

Beydogan, A. B.; Coskun, Z. M.; and Bolkent, S. “The protective effects of Δ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol against inflammation and oxidative stress in rat liver with fructose-induced hyperinsulinemia.” November 2018. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Diabetes involves trouble regulating blood sugar. When blood sugar is too high, it triggers inflammation. This study involves rats who were fed fruit sugar (fructose). It finds that when sugar is combined with THC, inflammation is less severe. The authors explain how THC and insulin can interact.

Fibrosis Lowered with THC

Zurier, R. B. and Burstein, S. “Cannabinoids, inflammation, and fibrosis.” July 2016. The FASEB Journal.

Fibrosis is the thickening of connective tissue. It’s an “overkill” response when the body heals. This study suggests that THC can help prevent fibrosis.

The report mentions that THC fights inflammation differently compared with NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Therefore THC may be a better treatment choice following injuries that could cause connective tissue scarring.

 

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