Inflammation And The Use Of CBD To Alleviate Pain
One of the main symptoms and causes of pain is the presence of inflammation. If you are to be pain free than you will have to not only identify your inflammation. You will also have to understand what causes the inflammation in the first place.
The Effects Of CBD For Inflammation
The human body is a network of systems which contribute to ensuring that the body is functioning at its optimal best. The main network among these systems of the body is the body immune system. Your immune system is also known as the defense mechanism of the body. It is the means through which the body protects itself against foreign bodies and diseases. It is made up of a series of biological and chemical structures which helps to achieve this aim.
Failure to maintain the immune system can lead to a variety of conditions including autoimmune conditions and even inflammatory conditions. As such, it becomes very important that this system is properly maintained. One vital process that alerts the body of foreign bodies is inflammation. Let’s explore a little more on inflammation and how the use of CBD can help alleviate pain.
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What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s first response to foreign substances in it. It is the first step to healing by the body. When the body is attacked by strange irritants, the body’s immune system immediately recognizes it and triggers response to fight the irritant. There is no healing in the body without the occurrence of inflammation.
Inflammation is a process that occurs in every human.Although there are times when you might not even be aware of it. There is good inflammation or what is called acute inflammation and than there is bad inflammation which is chronic.
- Acute inflammation: This is a type of inflammation which is most times a quick response to an ongoing process in the body. This type of inflammation does not occur for a long period of time; it mostly doesn’t last longer than a week and it resolves itself after performing it’s duty. Acute inflammation is a very vital part of wound healing after which it resolves and the wound heals up by itself. This is the good type of inflammation.
- Chronic Inflammation: This type of inflammation often times occurs together with another pathology that is most times systemic in nature. Some of these pathologies can be rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis,fibromyalgia or any number of autoimmune diseases.
Signs Of Inflammation
There are some major signs that come with the inflammation process in the body. They are; Pain, Redness, Immobility, Swelling and Heat.
- Pain Inflammation causes a release of chemical substances to nerve endings in the inflamed areas. This makes that area more sensitive to touch.
- Redness The capillaries in the inflamed areas get filled with more blood as a way of the body ensuring that the area, in particular, gets more supply of white blood cells to it. The presence of more blood to the area accounts for the redness of that body part.
- Immobility With pain comes less movement. This can lead to a reduction in the functional ability of that body area. Soreness or joint pain that is associated with immobility.
- Swelling There is most often times a buildup of fluids in the inflamed body part leading to swelling in that area.
- Heat An inflamed body part is always warm to the touch.
These symptoms above however apply more to acute inflammation, especially of the skin. More chronic forms of inflammation of the internal system might not necessarily have all five symptoms. Rather, it will come with more systemic symptoms such as fatigue, fever, rashes, and pain in different internal parts of the body.
Even though inflammation is very necessary for healing to take place, it can, however, become dangerous to the body if it persists longer than necessary. That is what chronic inflammation is. It is a prolonged period of inflammation and it can have various effects on the body including; pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, and other gastrointestinal conditions.
Management of inflammation could include using certain medications known as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) as a means of combating it. Other ways include the use of cold or hot therapies, exercise therapies, managing the body stress levels and many others. Another conservative means of its management is the use of CBD for inflammation.
CBD Oil Studies On The Treatment of Inflammation
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD is one of the over 100 substances that is found in the cannabis plant. Notable among the properties of CBD is its non- psychoactive properties,does not contain thc. As such it does not give the body the normal feeling of high that is associated with the use of marijuana.
CBD is a known natural method of addressing a lot of common ailments. People use its amazing properties for relief from a number of conditions while avoiding the general mind-altering properties that come with the use of marijuana.
The use of CBD for inflammation is backed up by a number of studies
All of which have been carried out and some which are still ongoing. CBD as a substance is known to work with the bodies Endocannabinoid system. This Endocannabinoid system is responsible for various functions of the body including pain and autoimmune response of the body. It does this by secreting certain neurotransmitters which bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system of the body thereby producing its reactions in the body.
Many research studies on CBD and inflammation have revealed that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. According to a number of studies, CBD interacts with certain neurotransmitters in the body by impacting your endocannabinoid receptor activities in the body. By doing this, its use can help in reducing inflammation in specific areas of the body.
Another study which used rats as its subjects entailed the injection of CBD to sites of surgical incision found that there was a considerable reduction in the pain response of these subjects. Another study that showed that the oral intake of CBD is very effective in the management of inflammation in subjects.
A study from the European Journal of pain which was done using animal models revealed that the use of CBD is a good management of pain and inflammation that comes as a result of joint arthritis.
Although more studies are required using human models, it has however been established that the use of CBD is very effective as a natural means of management for inflammation in the body.
CBD Anti-Inflammatory Effects
With the recent awareness of the use of CBD as a natural anti-inflammatory condition, it is very important to understand how CBD works on various conditions. Not only that but CBD can be used in various forms, such as an oil, capsules and various types of edibles. One such popular form is CBD gum.
CBD has specific anti-inflammatory conditions that differ with various conditions the body presents with. These specific CBD anti-inflammatory effects include;
Stimulation of the PPAR¥ factor; By stimulating the production of this factor in the body, CBD can effectively influence a number of molecules in the body. By doing this there is a reduction in the number of inflammatory substances produced in the body with a simultaneous increase in the amount of antioxidants present in the body.
Inhibition of the production of inflammatory prostaglandin; Using CBD for common conditions such as menstrual pains have been found to be quite effective. This has been attributed to the characteristic property of CBD which helps to inhibit the production of COX-2. This enzyme is responsible for producing inflammatory prostaglandins in the body.
Considering that the use of CBD is considered a natural means of alleviating these symptoms, achieving the best result will be using a holistic approach, which will also include lifestyle modifications, diet changes and a lot more, to achieve this.