If you're having problem with your gut, eating a weed cookie and some spicy food could be of help- a pro tip from science!
It might sound really counterintuitive but a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine actually shows that this combo might help treat people with type 1 diabetes, colitis and other diseases that messes up your digestive tract.
Let's start with chillies. Most of these spicy food have capsaicin- the chemical the gives them their heat. They bind with receptors throughout the gastrointestinal tract on which it produces anandamide- a chemical similar to cannabinoids contained in marijuana except that the latter is produced within our own body. Looking closely, the researchers also found out that when anandamide reacts to another receptor, it produces a type of white blood cell- a macrophage- which reduces inflammation.
So in the study, researchers fed hot chillies to mice with type 1 diabetes which essentially cured the disease. However, even just adding anandamide directly to the mice also produced the same effect. And as mentioned, since anandamide is closely related to chemicals found in weed, the researchers also wanted to find out if eating cannabis products would yield the same result.
“I’m hoping to work with the public health authority in Colorado to see if there has been an effect on the severity of colitis among regular users of edible weed. If the epidemiological data shows a significant change [since marijuana legalization in 2012], that would make a testable case that anandamide or other cannabinoids could be used as therapeutic drugs to treat certain disorders of the stomach, pancreas, intestines, and colon,” says senior author Pramod Srivastava.
This study, for the first time, also shows a major immune function for cannabinoids which means it could be that our nervous system and digestive system is more closely related than previously thought. “This allows you to imagine ways the immune system and the brain might talk to each other. They share a common language," explained Srivastava in a statement.
So get your curry mix ready, pack that bowl, and have a grand time for your gut, because it might be an explosive moment the next day. (Get it?) Anyway, just don't get confused and pack your bong with hot peppers like that weird guy in a viral video. Still. Not. Cool. And. Is. Plain. Stupid.