Natural ‘cannabis’ levels increased by exercise

Exercise has been shown to increase endocannabinoid levels in the body

Cannabis-like Substances May Help Reduce Inflammation

The find comes from research by the University of Nottingham

This means that the exercise intervention could be used to help treat conditions such as arthritis, cancer, and heart disease.

Exercise has been found to increase levels of endocannabinoids – cannabis-like substances produced by the human body – which in turn help reduce inflammation and could potentially treat conditions such as arthritis, cancer. and heart disease.

A team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK, led by Professor Ana Valdes of the Faculty of Medicine, tested 78 people with arthritis.

Thirty-eight of them did 15 minutes of muscle-building exercises every day for six weeks, and 40 did nothing.

The people involved in the exercise intervention not only reduced their pain, but they also had more microbes in their guts of the type that produce anti-inflammatory substances, lower levels of cytokines, and higher levels of endocannabinoids. .

The increase in endocannabinoids was strongly linked to changes in gut microbes and anti-inflammatory substances produced by gut microbes called SCFAS.

The study found that at least a third of the anti-inflammatory effects of the gut microbiome were due to increased endocannabinoids.

The results were published in a report titled The anti-inflammatory effect of bacterial short-chain fatty acids is partially mediated by endocannabinoids, published in the journal Intestinal microbes.

Dr Amrita Vijay, School of Medicine researcher and first author of the article, said: “Our study clearly shows that exercise increases the body’s own cannabis-like substances, which may have a positive impact on many conditions.

“As interest in cannabidiol oil and other supplements grows, it’s important to know that simple lifestyle interventions, like exercise, can modulate endocannabinoids. “

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