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Inflammation Signs and Symptoms

When the immune system triggers short or long-term inflammation and there is no disease to fight off, it can cause unhealthy conditions to develop. According to WebMD, chronic inflammation causes Alzheimer’s disease, asthmadiabetes, heart disease, and cancerwhich also causes specific cases of arthritis, including gout, psoriatic, and rheumatoid.

Inflammation symptoms vary but often include joint stiffness and pain, or red and swollen joints that are warm to the touch adds WebMD. It can also cause flu-like signs, including weight loss, fever fatigue, and headaches. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, including over the counter aspirin and ibuprofen, helps relieve short-term inflammation, while more potent prescriptions treat chronic conditions.

The Treatment Inflammation with Medical Cannabis

Pure Green Chief Medical Officer Dr. Debra Kimless told Veriheal in an interview that America is inflamed due to stress, poor eating, and insomnia.

“Most disease processes are based on inflammation, so when you are looking at everything from acne to autoimmune to high blood pressure, really everything is based on inflammation,” Dr. Kimless said to Veriheal. “Chronic inflammation does a lot of deleterious things to our bodies.”

Discussing inflammation, the immune system’s response to damaged tissue, disease, and infection, Dr. Kimless details how medical cannabis conclusively alleviates the condition.

“The reason why cannabis is truly a medicine is because the purpose is to maintain homeostasis, or a physiologic balance, and tries to work with all the other biologic systems,” she said. “I liken it to driving down a road. You are constantly making little adjustments on a steering wheel. You are not making a hard right or a hard left. You are constantly making these tiny little corrections, which is how I liken the endocannabinoid system, making these little corrections.”

As further studies conclude CB2 receptors help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, the condition continues to affect millions of Americans in various forms. The National Institute of Health reports chronic inflammation affects millions through diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, allergies, and chronic pulmonary obstruction disease (COPD).

A 2009 Future Medicinal Chemistry report concluded, “cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs.” The journal review states that cannabinoid receptor CB2, found on immune system cells, could regulate the structure, noting “manipulation of endocannabinoids and/or use of exogenous cannabinoids in vivo can constitute a potent treatment modality against inflammatory disorders.” Dr. Kimless continues, “If your acne is based on stress and based on inflammation because acne is an inflammatory process, small amounts of cannabinoids can help,” she said. “The challenge is that when people tend to think about cannabis, they think about it in a non-medical way and administer it in doses far greater than what could be beneficial.”

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