Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > Health-in-Motion 07 August 2017 New cures for an inflamed gastrointestinal tract In a surprising discovery, US scientists have found new cures for an inflamed gastrointestinal tract: chili peppers and marijuana. It turns out that capsaicin, a chemical compound found in hot peppers causes cells in the gut to release anandamide, a substance similar to the cannabinoids found in dagga. Anandamide, in turn, calms down stomach irritations triggered by the immune system. The researchers believe that their findings may result in novel therapies for colitis and diabetes, while answering questions about the connection between the brain, the immune system and the gut. 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Sex Can you really get an STD from kissing? Fitness 4 amazing body benefits of weightlifting that’ll persuade you to give it a try News Good Sex? Bad Sex? Rad Sex? Lifestyle Where snakebites are deadliest Lifestyle Yet another reason why it's hard to stop smoking News Making the most of that fast food meal From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Contraceptives and you » Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents' 7 birth control myths you should stop believing Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control. Your digestive health » Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.