Summers in Ohio are Hot! Here’s How Cannabis Can Keep You Cool
Summers in Ohio are Hot! Here’s How Cannabis Can Keep Your Body Cool
It’s hot! Having trouble escaping the heat of Ohio summers? Studies may prove medical marijuana is able to help with heat-inducing inflammation and night sweats. This is especially important for those experiencing menopause, those who battle with anorexia, cancer patients, and HIV patients .
If you’re wondering if medical marijuana is right for you, schedule an exam with one of our Ohio marijuana doctors. Completing our eligibility survey takes only 5 minutes. Find out if you pre-qualify for a recommendation today!
The Cooling Effect of Cannabinoids
Stanford University researchers have found a way to help patients who experience night sweats, especially cancer patients, but also those with anorexia, HIV, and menopausal symptoms. The study found dronabinol (“a synthetic version of THC”) eased night sweats for those who participated in the clinical trial.
We know that medical treatments for cancer patients often cause a rise in body temperature. Some cancer types, especially those affecting the prostate gland or the breasts, cause a change in the way hormones are produced, which then causes the person to start sweating. More symptoms follow, because the sweating leads to severe insomnia and lowers the immune system.
Cannabis soothes inflammation, reducing the immune response and lowering body temperature. Published in a blog post at NORML, the study at Stanford concluded that in less than one week of taking dronabinol, patients noticed a difference in the way their body regulated temperature. The researchers said, “Once the patients experienced resolution of their night sweats, other symptoms such as anxiety and fatigue improved as well, which lead to an improvement of their overall quality of life” .
THC and Homeostasis
What about non-synthetic THC? THC can help the process of homeostasis in many systems of the body, such as body temperature, thirst, blood pressure, heart rate, appetite, and sleep cycles . Homeostasis is the body’s ability to achieve an internal equilibrium, in this case, body temperature. THC induces a “homeostatic cooling effect,” a lot like hypothermia. Chemicals from cannabis plants can both enhance and reduce the activity of some systems of the body, regulating these systems by acting on the endocannabinoid system .
Heat, Inflammation, and Cannabis
Inflammation is generally the reason behind why we feel too hot. It is an immune response, increasing blood flow to areas that have been damaged or compromised. Researchers believe inflammation causes fevers through “pro-inflammatory cytokines” binding to the receptors of endothelial brain cells. The fever occurs when prostaglandin E2 is produced, which is a “hormone-like substance” that induces fever and inflammation .
Marijuana may regulate body temperature by reducing inflammation through CB2 receptors most often found in immune cells. The receptors help release cytokines and the “migration of neutrophils and macrophages.” These are important parts of the immune response which induces inflammation. Inhibiting their release results in a lower body temperature.
Research shows CBD to be a plausible treatment for inflammatory diseases, reducing joint inflammation and swelling . CBD acts on both receptor pathways and non-cannabidiol receptors, targeting glycine receptors and resulting in reduced temperature and inflammation. It “may enhance enhance ? GlyR expression, a glycine receptor that mediates the glycinergic cannabinoid-induced suppression of inflammation.” In short, it enhances the body’s ability to induce hypothermia, thereby cooling the body .
Is medical marijuana right for me?
Whether medical marijuana will help your condition depends on many factors best evaluated by a medical doctor. If you feel you may benefit from medical marijuana, the first step is to take our eligibility survey. In just 5 minutes, you could pre-qualify for a recommendation. An Ohio marijuana doctor can then determine if you qualify during an in-person exam. For more information, visit https://docmj.com/states/ohio-medical-marijuana-card/.