A research study published in Gut Microbes suggests exercise can stimulate the production of cannabinoids in the body, cannabis-like particles. These particles are known for their ability to reduce pain and bring down the risk of chronic diseases.
The study authors conducted their 6 weeks long study in two groups of individuals. The first group was trained to have regular strengthening exercises. Whereas, the latter was instructed to have no exercise during the study period.
Study Finds Cannabinoids’ Raise In Body With Exercise
When the study completes after 6 weeks. The first group in which people followed a regular exercise routine has shown a similar response to the rise in endocannabinoids, as well as anti-inflammatory substances in their bodies. This way, the study authors could find that there is a great difference in pain response and recovery rate among these people. While this group also showed positive changes in their gut microbiota and short-chain fatty acids which can promote gastrointestinal health.
According to the researchers involved in the study, the reduction in inflammation and the rise of endocannabinoids in the body can aid better pain management. The researchers further stated that these changes can also bring long-term benefits to the body like reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
Johannes Fuss, MD, in the Human Behavior Laboratory at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, the lead author of the study, said that there was no rise in endorphins among the participants who followed exercise. Endorphin is a hormone associated with elevated mood. But still, they had a significant improvement in their mood patterns, which Dr. Fuss indicates, are the results of the hiked levels of endocannabinoids in the body. The study volunteers were instructed to follow an exercise duration of 45 minutes, as it is ideal for the proper release of endocannabinoids.
In previous studies, scientists have proved the ways in which endocannabinoids can positively overturn bodily functions. According to experts, it can optimize the endocannabinoid system, which manages almost all actions occurring in the body.
Jordan Tishler, a specialist from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who focuses on endocannabinoid medicine, optimizing ECS ( endocannabinoid system) can act as a key to bringing an array of benefits to the body. It is because Dr. Tishler further says, the ECS does not operate in a straightforward way unlike other systems in the human body such as the cardiovascular or respiratory systems. However, its duty is to regulate and improve other systems in your body to let them work together and be well-coordinated.
Dr. Tishley added that thousands of functions happen in the human body at a time, and ECS acts as a master brain or computer to ensure that all these functions occur in your body hassle-free. So, it improves connections in the body and modulates every action like reproductive health, pain response, and pain modulation.
Exercises can naturally boost the endocannabinoids system. In a study which was published in
Psychoneuroendocrinology indicates that running can increase feelings of well-being and reduce anxiety levels.