Cannabis could provide athletes suffering from inflammation with relief

It might seem counterintuitive to think of cannabis in the context of athletic performance, but one local researcher thinks it has the potential to be the next big ingredient in the health and wellness industry as a way to target inflammation.

Through her research in the realms of experimental medicine and nutrition, Dr. Natasha Ryz’s work studying gut disorders has shown her how cannabis and its various compounds could have applications as an anti-inflammatory—which could be beneficial for patients suffering from far more than gut issues. (If we’re talking about exercise and athletics, think exercise-induced muscle damage, sprained joints, and other chronic or recurring injuries.)

Though preliminary data using human subjects is limited, Ryz tells the Georgia Straight that studies using mice and rats have shown that the active compounds in cannabis (cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] and cannabidiol [CBD] ) can prevent damage caused by inflammation.

“These studies looked at inflammatory markers, and

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