CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS REDUCE INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is an essential response by the body’s immune system to viruses, bacteria and injury, helping initiate the healing process by the body. However, when there is an autoimmune disease, unnecessary inflammation occurs causing damage to some tissues. Medical cannabis can help reduce chronic inflammation and manage the pain associated with it.
Inflammation is a necessary reaction to injury and infection as a method of sending a message to the body’s immune system so that it can heal the damaged tissue, as well as fight viruses and bacteria. This type of essential inflammation is called Acute Inflammation, which appears and goes away on its own as the body heals. Chronic Inflammation, however, is when the inflammation is present for a long period of time, causing many types of diseases, like heart attacks and strokes.
Conditions and diseases caused by chronic inflammation may include:
- Crohn’s disease
- Some types of cancer
A doctor can diagnose chronic inflammation by testing the blood levels of the C-reactive protein (CRP). If CRP levels are higher than they should be, it can a sign of existing inflammation that can lead to other diseases if not treated. Patients are usually prescribed inti-inflammatory medication, corticosteroids, rest and special exercise to help reduce and treat the condition.
Cannabinoids for treating inflammation
Medical cannabis can be effective in treating inflammation, by acting on the endocannabinoid system in the body, triggering anti-inflammatory response and lowering the level of inflammation. It can also be used to lower the pain intensity associated with arthritis and improve sleep.
If you are suffering from chronic inflammation and would like to know more about how medical marijuana can help with your symptoms, and how it can be a an alternative to traditional medication, get in touch with a healthcare practitioner through the below link. The healthcare practitioner will guide you in determining if cannabis is the right choice for you. From the privacy of your own home or office, ask all of your cannabis questions and be sure you’re getting sound medical advice to help you feel happy and healthy.