CBD and Inflammation
CBD is being promoted as a panacea for just about anything that ails you if it's related to inflammation. Claims have been made that it lowers blood sugar, slows Alzheimer’s disease, cures cancer, and alleviates a wide range of psychological problems from anxiety to depression and PTSD to psychosis. But few studies have been done on cannabis and CBD to prove its effectiveness.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is the second most abundant of more than 100 cannabinoid compounds in the cannabis plant and is extracted as an oil. CBD does not have the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound found in cannabis that produces a high. CBD affects the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates such functions as:
Test-tube studies indicate that CBD works on endocannabinoid system receptors to decrease the body’s inflammatory response.
Continuing studies also will have to determine appropriate doses, long-term side effects, and negative drug interactions.
We had more than 47,000 opioid deaths in the United States in 2017 alone, but to my knowledge, there has been zero related to the use of CBD. However, because CBD oil is known to interact with certain medications such as calcium channel blockers, blood thinners, steroids, and HIV antivirals, among others, caution is advised.
If anybody is considering using CBD for moderate to serious health conditions, we recommend they talk to their doctor first.
Whenever there’s an injury to the tissues, immune cells immediately move to the affected area to find the irritants and eliminate them. This contributes to a quicker healing process. Inflammation gets rid of the irritant with the help of pro-inflammatory cells called cytokines. This is how inflammation functions in a typical scenario.
Sadly, that’s not how it always works. In some cases, the immune system stops fighting inflammation and the cytokines employ an excessive amount of immune cells. That causes a big problem for the body. Our body’s natural defense mechanism then becomes our own worst enemy.
The immune response turns upside down because of several factors, such as disease-causing germs and powerful irritants, genetic predisposition, autoimmune problems, and even your dietary choices and lifestyle.
How Does Inflammation Affect Our Body?
Inflammation can aggravate disorders and diseases. Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis can lead to systemic inflammation and affect various organs and joints. Inflammation of the joints causes permanent joint damage and deformities.
With Crohn’s disease, inflammation leads to the growth of ulcers and is also responsible for thickening of the intestinal walls and adhesions. Multiple Sclerosis also gets worse due to inflammation in axon’s myelin sheath.
Inflammation also adversely affects epilepsy. Excessive cytokines render the neurons more excitable and that commonly triggers a seizure. There are a lot of medical conditions that get heightened due to inflammation.
How Does CBD Help with Inflammation?
CBD has great anti-inflammatory properties that help in lowering inflammation. CBD is as useful as THC in controlling inflammation, but it does not make you high like THC. It is also a strong antioxidant that protects the cells from excitotoxicity.
CBD binds to CB2 receptors linked to the hyperactive immune cells and revives a type of anti-inflammatory protein called the caspase. The newly revived caspase sends a signal that begins the process of cell death or apoptosis of the immune cell. It is only when the immune cells die through caspase revival that the production of cytokines decreases, dramatically slowing down inflammation.
CBD has the ability to stimulate immune cells so that they speed up their oxidative stress. As a result, the apoptosis of the immune cells start and there’s a reduction in the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. That’s exactly what your body needs to fight inflammation.
Inflammation can help us and it can create problems for us as well. Fighting inflammation is essential if it starts to harm our body. CBD is just the right element if you want to bring inflammation under control. CBD has properties that keep inflammation in check, improving the general well-being of an individual.
It is wise to consult a doctor or a healthcare professional before you use CBD products.
How Do You Use CBD?
CBD products are largely unregulated, which makes it difficult to assess their quality. It’s also tough to decide which delivery system or product is likely going to be the most effective.
But here are some pointers to help ensure you are using a consistent quality product.
We are just beginning to understand the transformative and renewing power of CBD. As we continue to study and learn more we are excited to witness this miraculous change in the health and well-being of our country.
- Jampha 2020
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