Eating Chilli and Smoking Cannabis 'Could Help Cure Diabetes and Colitis – by Calming the Gut'

Chilli and cannabis both produce a substance that reacted with the immune system of mice to reduce inflammation in the gut.

WHAT do chilli spice and cannabis have in common?

On the face of it, very little. But, scientists hope both could help develop new treatments for type 1 diabetes and the gut disease colitis.

When eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, new findings suggest.

And the result is they help calm the gut, scientists at the University of Connecticut found.

Mice fed both chilli peppers and the class B drug showed less inflammation in their guts. And, the researchers even found they were able to reverse type 1 diabetes in some mice, by feeding them the fiery pepper.

The chilli was found to bind itself to a receptor called TRPV1, which is found in the gut, oesophagus and pancreas.

When it bound itself to the receptor...

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