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Why You Should Trade in Your Ibuprofen for Marijuana

Ibuprofen is a type of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication under a larger umbrella of medications referred to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other NSAIDs include aspirin and prescription-only naproxen, celecoxib, diclofenac, etodolac, and ketoprofen. While these medication are easily accessible, they can create adverse side effects. With so many people (up to 70 million prescriptions per year) using NSAIDs for long-term pain relief, cannabis can be an alternative that limits the damage caused by regular ibuprofen use. How Do NSAIDs Work? NSAIDs block Cox-1 and Cox-2 enzymes which are responsible for producing prostaglandins, hormones that are released after an injury. Prostaglandins are responsible for making damaged tissue swell which causes pain. Cox-1 enzymes signal for blood clotting in your stomach and...

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