The Anti-Inflammatory Properties of CBD
CBD (or cannabidiol) has become more popular as a treatment for reducing inflammation among the health-conscious people of America.
The products that contain CBD oil span from food, to bath bombs, to supplements, to CBD dabs, to even clothing, but is it all hype when it comes to how it helps the human body?
Inflammation is one of the things that CBD is said to treat, but is it true?
Short answer: YES
Keep reading for more deets.
The Cause of Inflammation
Inflammation put very simply is your body's ANGRY response to something that doesn't belong in or around you.
It’s a way for the body to defend itself against foreign invaders and pathogens, while transmitting information to your brain on how to fix it.
Two types of inflammation occur:
Acute Inflammation: Lasts for a short period. It happens when tissue or cells experience damage, like a bruise or a cut.
Chronic Inflammation: Inflammation that can last for months or years without ceasing. Long term chronic inflammation might include neck and back pain, neuropathy, Chrons Disease, and other inflammatory autoimmune diseases.
When we experience chronic pain or even acute pain, the most common response is taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
NSAIDs such as Advil and Tylenol work for reducing inflammation, but they’re not perfect.
Long term use of NSAIDS can produce nasty long term side effects and can even harm the body if it becomes dependent on them.
As such, people are looking for better ways of treatment that don’t cost them their health.
CBD’s Positive Effects on Reducing Inflammation
Many chronic diseases have inflammation as one of their key triggering factors, so this is where look first, since it's widespread inflammation and lots of data.
Some of the most common inflammatory diseases that people found relief in supplementing CBD oil into their daily regiment were as follows:
- IBS / Chrons
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
People suffering from these conditions experience reduced symptoms after taking CBD oil. The study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) states:
"Therefore, it has been suggested that CBD may indirectly improve anti-inflammatory effects. Clinical studies have confirmed that CBD reduces the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, inhibits T cell proliferation, induces T cell apoptosis and reduces migration and adhesion of immune cells."
The key factor driving the intensity of these symptoms was inflammation.
For years, there have been many claims on naturally reducing inflammation through holistic techniques ranging from diets to lifestyle changes, but no data suggested these previous methods could produce long-term, consistent reduction in the body's systemic response.
Scientific studies are now pointing to CBD as one of the most effective ways to limit inflammation.
If this is what's (low-key) published by our government for people to discover, what else is published by The Man that we don't know exists, but is mind-altering?
What About the Side Effects of CBD?
Unlike other compounds, CBD contains no psychotropic elements.
Sadly for some, it doesn’t induce hallucinations, nor does it produce the high that some people believe it does.
Do you think the US Government would legalize CBD, if it got you stoned 🤣?
The Scientists Always Knew
Research on CBD dates back to 1940, but it wasn’t until 1963 that scientists found its chemical characterization.
As science and technology evolved, scientists discovered that CBD did not harm the body, but instead, it improved immune system function.
The consensus findings were that CBD has proven to reduce various types of pain, especially from inflammation. As such, there is a strong movement towards promoting CBD as an anti-inflammatory solution.
There's a CBD Universe is INSIDE of You
CBD does not have the same effects as other drugs because it’s naturally occurring within the body's endocannabinoid system.
While scientists can now isolate, refine, and incorporate CBD into more products, the fact remains that CBD is produced perfectly in the human body.
Someway, somehow (diet maybe?), our imperfect human manufacturing system is devoid of a fully functioning endocannabinoid receptor system, but thanks goodness for technology!
How Much CBD Should I Take?
CBD is being grown and processed around the USA, being delivered to your local gas station and pharmacy alike.
People are so comfortable hearing CBD, you can liken it now to other natural remedies like turmeric, ginger, reishi, and cannabis.
If you get any judgy eyeballs from people in your circle, find another circle.
Intake of CBD should still be through a doctor’s prescription, or at least recommendation, because they will know about potential interactions based on your medical history.
Taking too much of a good thing can turn bad, and the same remains true for CBD.
Reported side effects from consuming too much CBD include:
The level at which someone may experience this will depend on their genetic makeup, diet, and any other OTC drugs or prescriptions.
The Future of CBD
One the tough things about taking CBD oil, and the lack of psychotropic effects, is that some people may feel it after a few doses, while others may not.
We're still hearing echoes of things like:
How do I know it's working if I can't feel it?
I don't know how long it's supposed to take before it starts working.
This stuff sucks. CBD is a rip-off.
Right now, research is still ongoing, but many are already experiencing the benefits of CBD.
It will likely take more time before the FDA takes a stance on CBD, but most likely it will always be marketed and sold, as a supplement.
Based on reports, CBD has proven to do more good than bad, as it relates to fighting inflammation.
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