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Medical Marijuana and Interstitial Cystitis

Similar to urinary tract infections, painful bladder syndrome is not caused by bacterial infection, meaning antibiotics are of no help. While there is no known cure for the disease, there are, however, a number of options available for those hoping to relieve their chronic symptoms. One of these beneficial options would be medicinal marijuana. Marijuana helps trigger the activation of the CB2 receptors which are seemingly the primary inhabitants of inflammation.

Marijuana may also reduce swelling and bladder weight. When considering that phytocannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are known to activate the CB2 receptors, one can conclude that medical marijuana could be of benefit in the treatment of chronic bladder diseases.

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