Marijuana: The New Aspirin?

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Preliminary studies have found that marijuana is capable of lowering levels of bodily inflammation in an extremely effective way. Researchers discovered that cannabis has positive effects on the body’s endocannabinoid system.

This is in stark contrast to painkiller like aspirin which inhibit certain enzymes within the body. When these enzymes are blocked, it can lead to numerous side-effects including severe gastrointestinal issues. Unfortunately, many individuals with chronic pain who use painkillers on a long-term basis end up developing issues with their stomach or digestive system. These issues occur due to the enzyme-inhibiting qualities of aspirin. The enzyme, known as COX 1, helps naturally coat and protect your stomach. When someone takes aspirin, they lose the protective effects of the COX 1 enzyme

Medical Cannabis Works Differently

Studies have shown that cannabis can effectively reduce or eliminate pain through it’s action on the endocannabinoid system. And best of all, there are limited to no side-effects due to this unique mechanism of action. In fact, one scientist even believes that medical marijuana is safer than aspirin, according to current research.

This is exciting news for residents in Ohio and other states that have legalized cannabis. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Program and others are inching closer to completion with every passing day.

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