On the surface, chili peppers and marijuana may not seem to have much in common. One burns your mouth when you consume it. While the other is burnt to make the taste of chili peppers even more pleasant ... This is where the similarities begin and end ... Researchers at UConn School of Health have discovered that the chemical compounds found in chili peppers which anandamide, and cannabis can reduce inflammation in the stomach.
Chili peppers produce anandamide
From a culinary point of view, there are two main categories of peppers: sweet (also called "peppers"), which are generally eaten as vegetables, and hot, which mainly serve as a spice. There are nearly 10 species of peppers that come in different shapes, sizes, colors and flavors. In 1912, a pharmacologist by the name of Wilbur Scoville invented the Scoville scale which measures the strength of peppers for their contents of capsaicin, a compound that stimulates nerve endings in the mucous membranes and skin. The higher the capsaicin content, the hotter the pepper.
out, UConn Health School researchers recently discovered that capsaicin produces anandamide in the stomach. This compound is chemically comparable to that found in marijuana. Which surprisingly shows that cannabis could be beneficial in reducing inflammation in the stomach.
The Scoville scale
|2||warm||500-1 000||Anaheim Pepper|
|3||statement||1 - 000||Ancho pepper|
|4||chaud||1 - 500||Espelette pepper|
|5||away||2 - 500||Chimayo pepper|
|6||ardent||5 - 000||Strong paprika|
|7||burning||15 - 000||Cascabel Chilli|
|8||torrid||30 - 000||Cayenne pepper|
|9||volcanic||50 - 000||Tabasco pepper|
|10||explosive||100 and over||Habanero pepper|
Cannabis & peppers combination
Pramod Srivastava, co-author of this recent study, believes their findings suggest that cannabis and peppers could help treat 1 type diabetes, as well as colitis. The results also asked other questions about how the immune system, gut, and brain are interconnected.
The research team administered the capsaicin compound to mice with type 1 diabetes and found that it targets and binds to a receptor called TRPV1, commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract. This chemical reaction created more anandamide and also called on anti-inflammatory white blood cells.
The team claims that anandamide is chemically similar to compounds in cannabis, which bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. This seems to indicate that edible marijuana could possibly reduce intestinal inflammation. And, therefore, it could help treat type 1 diabetes.
“Exogenous cannabinoids like marijuana exert their influence through cannabinoid receptors. Endogenous cannabinoids such as anandamide (AEA) work through the same receptors. And their physiological roles are the subject of intense study, ”say the researchers in the study.
Researchers believe that future studies should be conducted on how edibles influence intestinal inflammation. According to Srivastava, he hopes to work with the Colorado public health authority to find out if cannabis use has resulted in anti-inflammation in the stomach.