Inflammation is produced when white blood cells release chemicals into the blood or affected tissues in order to protect it from foreign substances. It can also occur in autoimmune diseases when the immune system triggers an inflammatory response despite the absence of foreign invaders. Many conditions are associated with inflammation, including but not limited to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, colitis, HIV/AIDS and MS. Cannabis' anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent source of relief for the many patients who suffer from diseases linked to inflammation.
According to a study in the US National Library of Medicine, cannabinoids are able to control immune responses and suppress inflammatory responses by interacting with our endocannabinoid system's CB2 receptors. CBD is able to reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as another cannabis compound called beta-caryophyllene. In a study on mice with swollen paws, the mice witnessed a reduction of inflammation by 70% when administered beta-caryophyllene orally. These are just two of the many studies that exemplify cannabis' ability to combat inflammation.