Working out can trigger body’s ‘cannabis-like substances:’ Study


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You know this old saying, “Motion is lotion.”

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Well, it turns out that exercise helps you produce your own “cannabis-like substances” that can benefit your health, according to a study from the University of Nottingham School of Medicine in the UK.

The research, published in the journal Gut Microbes, says so-called endocannabinoids can reduce inflammation and help treat things like arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

“Our study clearly shows that exercise increases the body’s own cannabis-like substances that can have a positive impact in many conditions,” the study’s author, Dr. Amrita Vijay, said in a statement.

“As interest in cannabidiol (CBD oil) and other supplements increases, it’s important to know that a simple lifestyle intervention like exercise can modulate endocannabinoids.”

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Endocannabinoids help regulate metabolism, inflammation, pain control, muscle strength, memory and mood with the help of cannabinoids.

The researchers, who analyzed stool and blood samples from 78 study participants, all over the age of 45 and suffering from painful osteoarthritis of the knee, found that movement is able to increase the presence of these anti-inflammatory molecules. and similar to cannabis changing intestinal bacteria. .

They are called “cannabis-like substances” because they behave similarly to the cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. However, instead of having to smoke or ingest cannabis, endocannabinoids are produced naturally by your body.

Of the 78 study participants, 38 performed “15 minutes of muscle strengthening exercises each day for six weeks” and 40 did nothing.

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Blood and stool samples revealed that those who exercised felt pain relief and had more intestinal bacteria that produced anti-inflammatory substances.

The researchers said active participants also had higher levels of endocannabinoids which was the reason for a third of the anti-inflammatory effects found in the gut.

None of these changes were found in the idle group.

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