Why CBD is ideal for helping inflammation
Why CBD is Ideal for Combatting Inflammation
If you look up the conditions CBD and marijuana can help prevent or manage, you may think the laundry list is a little too good to be true – can it possibly help all those conditions? Serious conditions, like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and more. Can one natural drug really help?
Well, yes; modern medicine has discovered that these conditions all have one underlying cause in common – inflammation.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation happens when your white blood cells (the cells that attack harmful intruders, fight off viruses, and produces antibodies) flood the area with toxic chemicals to kill off the intruders.
In most circumstances, the inflammation is a good thing; it shows our immune system is functioning properly. However, when inflammation is triggered for the wrong reasons or over a prolonged period of time, it becomes a big problem.
Why is Inflammation a Problem?
Inflammation becomes a problem when it is either triggered by the wrong thing, or over a long period of time. As we learned, inflammation means our white blood cells are flooding an area with toxic chemicals, and when they do this over a long period of time, the chemicals begin to damage our own cells and tissues.
This damage can cause serious problems depending on the area it occurs, such as arthritis in joints, heart disease in your cardiovascular system, and IBS in your bowel.
Unfortunately, our modern world is full of toxic chemicals that cause inflammation, such as stress, sugar, complex carbohydrates, pollution and more.
How Does CBD Help Reduce Inflammation?
The cannabis plant has a range of anti-inflammatory properties, and this is one of the reasons medical marijuana is quickly being legalized across the US and around the world. But how does it actually work? Well, we have two cannabinoid receptors in our nervous systems: CB1 and CB2. We naturally produce endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to these receptors.
THC (marijuana) has the most effect on CB1, which controls our perception, mood, sleep, memory, and appetite, and CBD has a bigger impact on CB2, which affects our immune system.
Inflammation is an immune response, so CBD is naturally targeted to reduce inflammation within the body, and this has been reflected in scientific studies around the world. In a study at Imperial College London, scientists discovered that CBD possessed significant anti-inflammatory capabilities while testing on mice. When the mice were given 5mg/kg of CBD, their inflammation was reduced by up to 50%. Interestingly, this number didn’t increase much when the dose was upped to 25mg/kg, suggesting our bodies may only be able to use so much CBD at one time.
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Why Not Use Traditional NSAIDs?
While traditional NSAIDs certainly are effective, they are also rife with side effects for long-term pain and inflammation management, such as liver damage, kidney damage, headaches, and migraines. This is why so many patients are keen to try CBD, as it is a natural alternative with scientific proof of its effectiveness.
What Can I Use CBD for?
CBD is, in short, beneficial for anyone experiencing difficulties with inflammation and as a treatment and preventative measure against long-term conditions. Many athletes are also turning to CBD to manage their recovery, injuries, and management of chronic injuries.
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CBD for Injury
CBD can be used to treat both acute inflammation (inflammation in response to an infection or injury) and chronic inflammation. CBD has effective pain-relieving properties, making it an effective alternative, or addition, to the normal pain relief products such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
CBD for Neurological Disorders
While there is still research to be done in this area, early results show that CBD may be effective in managing neurological disorders, such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Cannabis has proven effective in reducing spasms in 75% of people with MS who were resistant to medications, and another study found that when severe epilepsy sufferers were given 0.9-2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound of body weight, their seizures reduced by 36.5%. Again, many of these disorders have now been linked to inflammation within the brain, which is likely why CBD is proving effective in treating these conditions.
CBD for Acne
Acne is a problem that affects more than 9% of the US population at one time or another, and though it is caused by a number of factors (genetics and bacteria) it is mainly caused by the overproduction of oil and inflammation. Recent studies have found that CBD aids in the reduction of not only the inflammation that can cause acne but also the oil, called sebum.
CBD for Pets
CBD can also be used for effective inflammation and management of long-term conditions in pets. Our pets experience many of the same conditions and side-effects of long-term anti-inflammatory use, and CBD is a great natural alternative for chronic conditions.
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Are There Any Side Effects to be Aware of?
Most people can take CBD with absolutely no negative side effects. If you plan to take it alongside other medications, it is worth speaking with your doctor to ensure CBD won’t interact with your other medications.
Ready to Give CBD a Try?
If you’re ready to give CBD a try to manage inflammation in your own body, whether for short-term relief or long-term management, you’ll be able to find a product to fit your needs here at LivKind. All our products are labeled with exactly how much CBD it contains, serving suggestions, is all organic, pharmaceutical grade and THC free.
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