Cannabis in the category of drugs. On the other hand, according to the study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2014, cannabis (marijuana) have therapeutic effects imunomudulator (regulator of the immune system). In other words, it can help suppress the overactive immune system, such as lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
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Researchers looked THC (tetrahydrocannabinol; the chemical compound in marijuana) is able to regulate the body’s immunity system response. The immune system has a cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CBD2), localized receptor that specifically responds to the active substance in cannabis. These receptors increase the level of anti-inflammatory protein interleukin -10, while lowering the protein that causes inflammation (inflammation), interleukin – 2.
Marijuana bioactive compounds demonstrated the ability to suppress the activity of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), and helped ‘tame’ a hyperactive immune system. The combination of these immune responses alleviate pain in people with lupus, without many side effects such as anti-inflammatory drugs that have been used.
Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system is overactive and attack the body itself, causing inflammation in many organs of the body, from the skin, joints, kidneys and brain.
In Europe and Canada, cannabis has been developed as a drug, including drugs skin diseases, weakness and weight loss due to cancer, chronic pain, sleep disorders, eye diseases and schizophrenia. According to experts, marijuana is effective in treating multiple sclerosis (nerve disease); Agency for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the drug dronabinol, containing marijuana.