In any discussion about marijuana’s positive health effects, the immune system is sure to come up. The immune system is a complex network of cells and tissues that act together to identify and remove foreign threats to the body. The immune system also helps to clear up cells that are damaged by injury or disease, a process often associated with inflammation in the damaged area.
Although the effects of cannabis on the immune system are not yet fully understood, there is evidence that it helps to keep your body’s immune responses under control. Thus, if you’re considering medical marijuana, it’s important to get a sense of this drug’s effects on the human body’s immune system. So how does cannabis affect the immune system?
Potential Positive Effects of Marijuana
The ability to balance the immune system and reduce the body’s inflammatory response is one of the most profound effects of cannabis.
Lots of recent researches have suggested that marijuana may have numerous positive effects on the immune system. Particularly, the drug appears to reduce inflammation, an immune response that frequently goes too far. This may hold the key to more effectively treating:
- Brain Injuries — Head trauma leads to brain inflammation, which can cause cerebral edemas and other potentially fatal complications. Numerous studies have demonstrated that cannabinoids protect neurons from degenerating after a brain injury or stroke by reducing the inflammatory effects of the immune system response and marijuana may be able to make these complications less common.
- Cold & Flu — One of the most common sources of pain for those suffering from a cold or the flu is sinus pressure, which is the result of inflammation of the sinuses. Marijuana has the potential to reduce this inflammation and take the pressure off the sinuses. Both THC and CBD are known and scientifically proven for their pain relief properties.
- Colon Issues — Inflammation of the colon causes inflammatory bowel disease and other bowel conditions. Marijuana can reduce this inflammation by suppressing the chemicals that produce inflammation in your body, changing how the tissue in and around your colon responds to those chemicals.
- Lupus — One of the most common immune system disorders is lupus, which occurs when the immune system attacks your cells as if they were an infection. By reducing the immune system’s inflammatory responses, medical marijuana may be able to make lupus less severe and protect the health of those who have it.
- Arthritis — Inflammation of the joints causes rheumatoid arthritis (RA), medical marijuana can reduce pain, repair, and improve mobility for those suffering from it.
- Cancer — Certain forms of cancer cause inflammation, which medical marijuana is purported to help cancer patients ease cancer treatment side effects, along with providing pain management and other benefits for patients with cancer.
- Parkinson’s Disease — By helping to regulate the peripheral immune system, medical marijuana may be able to reduce some of the most severe effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Reduction in tremors and better motor control reported by patients with Parkinson’s disease. Some multiple sclerosis patients have reported that the progress of their disease slowed.
Researchers are still exploring the effects of marijuana on the immune system and all other aspects of your health. For more information on the safest and most effective uses of medical marijuana, explore our website at thegreenace.org.
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