There is a growing body of research demonstrating how CBD products can be used to treat and manage issues like pain anxiety and depression, seizures and inflammation problems. And while the research is ongoing it’s become clear that CBD has significant potential for treating a wide range of problems relating to inflammation, from arthritis and joint pain to heart disease and neurological inflammation problems.
Firstly, it’s worth noting that inflammation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to microbial, autoimmune, metabolic or physical issues including burns and physical trauma. Inflammation can be a sign that the body is fighting off invaders, healing injuries or cleaning up foreign debris in the body.
However, when the inflammation process doesn’t work properly it can cause or exacerbate a range of serious problems including arthritis, asthma, vision problems, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a range of neurological issues including autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
In fact, a recent scientific review found that CBD’s wide ranging anti-inflammatory properties have the potential to help treat or prevent a range of conditions including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- General pain
- Inflammatory conditions
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases
So let’s have a look at how CBD can be useful for treating and reducing the symptoms associated with inflammation.
How does CBD work?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It is a cannabinoid, which means it directly interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid (eCB) system helps regulate our appetite, immune system, mood and pain sensation and more.
There are two main receptors within our endocannabinoid system. The CB1 receptor is mainly associated with our peripheral and central nervous system, while the CB2 receptor is related to our immune and gastrointestinal system. CBD interacts with both of these receptors, which could explain its effectiveness in treating both mental and physical symptoms associated with various issues.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, there is evidence (via clinical trials and anecdotal reports) that CBD has helped a number of patients by reducing their anxiety, improving their sleep and reducing inflammation in certain parts of the body.
How it treats inflammation
In 2009, a study found that both CBD and THC can treat inflammation through four mechanisms.
The first mechanism is the induction of apoptosis. This is the process of eliminating unwanted cells in the hands and in the fingers. Apoptosis could be the reason CBD products are thought to be able to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
The second mechanism inhibits the proliferation of unwanted cells throughout the body. These cells, if uninhibited, could worsen chronic pain and inflammation over time. In fact, uncontrolled cell proliferation is what allows cancer cells to spread throughout the body, leading to metastasis.
Next is the suppression of cytokine production. Cytokine is an essential protein that’s involved in our inflammatory responses. According to International Anaesthesiology Clinics, cytokines activate our nociceptive receptors (pain sensors) and help in the initiation and perpetuation of pathologic pain. Thus, by suppressing cytokines, we also suppress chronic pain and inflammation.
The last mechanism is the induction of T-regulatory cells or Tregs. Simply put, Tregs help regulate and suppress both body cells and antigens in our immune system. Through this process, Tregs are able to protect us from autoimmune diseases that may cause inflammation.
How to take CBD
Though the most popular method of taking CBD is through oils, there are other effective methods. Depending on what you’re looking to get out of the product, one method may be more effective than another.
Here are a few different ways you can take CBD.
CBD can be taken orally through pills, edibles or liquids. Through this method, the product will be absorbed through our digestive tract.
One of the main advantages of this method is that it is simple and easy to accomplish. It can be incorporated into your morning routines, either via the coffee that you drink or the food that you eat.
The downside is that it takes an hour or two for benefits to come into effect. This delay could make it difficult to figure out your minimum effective dosage. Because of this, we highly recommend you consult a medical professional about the amount of CBD that’s safe for you to take.
Fortunately, products that are mainly made up of CBD do not generally lead to dependence in regular users.
In 2015, the European Journal of Pain also conducted a study on CBD and inflammatory symptoms. The findings suggest that CBD could help reduce pain and inflammation when it's applied to the skin. Topical CBD products include lotions and balms and can be applied directly over the affected area.
More studies will need to be conducted before we can fully understand the implications of this method. For now, it is unknown whether or not topical application is able to deliver CBD beneath the skin. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that it is indeed effective.
You can also inhale CBD through vaping. Unlike taking pills and edibles, inhalation allows CBD to go straight to your bloodstream. This means you’ll be able to feel the effects much faster.
Unfortunately, the side effects of vaping and vapor oils are still relatively unclear. It’s possible that it can cause damage to lung tissue via chemical by-products. For this reason, we would recommend getting the advice of a qualified medical professional before committing to this method.
Indeed, all alternative and supplementary medicine have their own risks and benefits. This is why it’s important to get your medicine via a reliable source. At Can Do Lifestyle, we do everything we can to make sure our customers’ CBD experience is as satisfactory and as safe as possible. We offer full-spectrum CBD oils that are simple and easy to use. They are free from harsh herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilisers. Also, since our products are pre-measured, you can easily track your dosage.
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If you’re wondering where to buy CBD oil, you’re in the right place. Here at Can Do Lifestyle, we offer full-spectrum, organic CBD hemp oil, both in natural and peppermint flavours. With our products, we provide all the information that you need to understand what exactly it is you’re taking. This includes dosage as well as composition. This information is to ensure customer satisfaction and, more importantly, to ensure your safety.
If you have concerns regarding specific diseases or conditions, please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.