Chili Peppers And Weed Will Chill Out Your Upset Stomach

Next time you have the bubble guts, reach for your bubbler and some chilis.

You may have known this all along, but chili peppers and weed are good for you. It's true! But good for an upset stomach? According to a just-published study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, when the capsaicin found in chili peppers (which is chemically similar to certain cannabinoids found in marijuana) mingles with cells inside the human endocannabinoid system, yes, it can have a calming effect.

Researchers from University of Connecticut's School of Medicine conducted the study. To discover the tummy-healing properties of capsaicin and cannabis, the UConn team fed peppers and weed to mice. Well, kind of: 

From UCONN Today

"The mice fed with the spice had less inflammation in their guts. The researchers actually cured mice with Type 1 diabetes by feeding them chili pepper. When they looked carefully at what was happening at a molecular level, the researchers saw that the capsaicin was binding to a receptor called TRPV1, which is found on specialized cells throughout the gastrointestinal tract. When capsaicin binds to it, TRPV1 causes cells to make anandamide. Anandamide is a compound chemically akin to the cannabinoids in marijuana. It was the anandamide that caused the immune system to calm down. And the researchers found they could get the same gut-calming results by feeding the mice anandamide directly."

So, even though mice and humans are different beasts entirely, the results observed by the UConn researchers could lead to advancements in immune system health for us Homo sapiens. Which is pretty f'ing tight. And seems like way more fun than drinking one of those dusty-ass "Emergen-C" packets.

"These results uncover a major conversation between the immune and nervous systems," the UConn study authors wrote. "In addition, with the increasing prevalence of ingestion of exogenous marijuana, our study has significant implications for public health."

So, there you have it. Smoke weed and eat spicy food––which is actually the life motto of one KINDLAND's editors. And who doesn't love chili peppers and pot? Probably this guy.