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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.

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