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Inflammation & Marijuana

Chronic inflammation is a common symptom in many debilitating autoimmune ailments such as lupus, colitis, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. There is evidence that there are compounds in marijuana that have anti-inflammatory properties when they react with the endocannabinoid receptors that are found throughout the body, especially CB2 receptors. When these receptors are activated, the cells release fewer inflammatory substances called cytokines. The specific substance in marijuana, which aids against inflammation, is beta-carophyllene. Beta-carophyllene makes up between 12-35 % of the plants' essential oils. Beta-Carophyllene binds with CB2 receptors. In some studies, it was found that administration of these beta-carophyllene oils led to a decrease in inflammation of up to 70% in the animals tested.

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