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Inflammation and medicinal cannabis

Inflammation forms a part of the body's immune response, and happens whenever the body's tissue is damaged.

Tissue damage and thus inflammation occurs for a variety of reasons, trauma, bacteria, toxins and heat are a few reasons the body's inflammation response may be triggered.

When a part of the body is irritated, a process called vasodilation occurs. Vasodilation is when the blood vessels expand in order to deliver more blood around the body or to a specific body part. Although vasodilation doesn't only happen when we're injured (it also happens during exercise to make sure your muscles receive more oxygen), it is the reason that inflamed areas may turn red, swell and feel hot - this is because antibodies and healing white blood-cells/platelets are also delivered via the bloodstream.  

What are the symptoms of Inflammation?

Inflammation is a physical response which includes symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Loss of function
  • Swelling
  • Heat

Factors that may result in inflammation include:

  • Exposure to a substance, such as a bee sting or dust
  • An injury
  • An infection
  • Acute bronchitis, appendicitis and other illnesses ending in “-itis”
  • An ingrown toenail
  • A sore throat from a cold or flu
  • Physical trauma or wound

How can medicinal cannabis help with Inflammation?

Cannabis contains natural anti-inflammatory agents, meaning it may help keep inflammation from getting out of control. According to studies, cannabis, especially when the entourage effect in place, provides great relief from inflammation as well as any accompanying pain.

Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Inflammation sufferers include:

  • Nabiximols
  • Dronbinol
  • THC:CBD extracts
  • CBD extracts
  • Cannabis Sativa
  • Cannabis Indica

They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.

If you or a loved one are suffering from Inflammation and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.