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We May Finally Know Why Marijuana Helps People With Chronic Gut Problems

As research pours in proving that medical marijuana has its place in healing and helping people with all sorts of health issues, a first-of-its-kind study shows how cannabis works in the gut to relieve inflammation. The findings validate claims by patients who have used marijuana for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), and who report that it helps tame diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

As it turns out, the study shows that endocannabinoids in the gut bind to cannabinoids in the cannabis, acting as a therapeutic agent that inhibit disease-causing autoimmune responses in the gut. The findings also support marijuana’s usefulness for treating autoimmune problems throughout the body, Popular Science reports.

Cannabis, or marijuana — whichever you want to call it — has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. But as with all things scientific when it comes to medicine, modern “science” insists on proving what’s already been proven: The marijuana plant contains more than 60 different cannabinoids — chemical compounds the human body is uniquely equipped to respond to. The two primary ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), the latter of which is the psychoactive component.

Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body. In other words, CBD is the nonpsychoactive component of cannabis and hemp. And while it has a plethora of benefits, including the control of seizures and pain, it still falls as an illegal Class 1 narcotic under federal drug laws — and that not only is ridiculous, but a travesty.

Despite the feds, states have legalized CBD and marijuana in various forms in different ways, with medical cannabis now legal in 30 states. A number of municipalities have also created their own marijuana rules, either decriminalizing it, legalizing it, enacting rules that direct city law enforcement to cease arresting individuals for marijuana possession, or making cannabis offenses the lowest priority for law enforcement.

Undoubtedly, the rest of the states will follow through eventually, especially as more and more research points to the benefits of cannabis, and as more and more citizens demand changes to archaic laws making it illegal. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the drug industry is now trying to turn CBD oil into a drug, and hence illegal for sale as a supplement.

And, as expected, with its approval of the first CBD drug, the FDA has increased its scrutiny of companies making CBD extracts. In fact, it may be the drug industry that ultimately pushes for the deregulation of CBD. Unfortunately, even if the FDA calls for the descheduling of CBD to pave the way for CBD drugs, it won't help manufacturers of CBD supplements.

The good news is hemp products are legal, even if they contain CBD — at least for now. In the end, this is really a story about freedom of choice, and to that end, I urge you not to be taken in by synthetic marijuana, which can contain myriad added ingredients beyond CBD, and if you live in a state where medical cannabis is legal, to make sure that what you’re getting comes from an organically-grown, natural cannabis plant.