CBD and Inflammation 

CBD and Inflammation 

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 highlighted CBD’s therapeutic potential a wide range of applications.

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.

Treating inflammation

In 2009, a study found that cannabinoids exert an anti-inflammatory effect through four mechanisms.

Apoptosis

The first mechanism is the induction of apoptosis. This is the process of eliminating unwanted cells in the hands and in the fingers.

Regulating cell proliferation

The second mechanism inhibits the proliferation of unwanted cells throughout the body. These cells, if uninhibited, could worsen chronic pain and inflammation over time.

Suppressing cytokine

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.

T-regulatory cells

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.

Oral dosage

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.

Topical application

Topical CBD products include lotions and balms and can be applied directly over the affected area. More study 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.

Inhalation

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.

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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.