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Need a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Treatment? CBD Might Be It

Dodge opioids for a natural anti-inflammatory known as CBD.

Cannabidiol known as CBD from cannabis and hemp is being considered as the next big anti-inflammatory. Image Credit: By Magic mine on shutterstock

Whether it’s those pesky period pimples that come and go once a month or an old sports injury that flares up when you’ve been hitting the gym a tad too hard, acute inflammation is a daily fact of life. Generally speaking, this isn’t the end of the world. However, many people suffer from chronic inflammation, which can be extremely painful and cause long-term harm to their quality of life. For them, finding the best possible treatment is vital, and researchers are now suggesting that CBD could be it.

Many chronic inflammation patients have relied heavily on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the past, but these drugs can cause unwanted side effects, such as heart disease and liver disease. As a result, there has been a notable shift towards more natural solutions in the recent past. People with chronic inflammation who want a natural treatment for their condition are now beginning to look to CBD as a natural option, and it appears it could be a promising one.

CBD, which is extracted from the cannabis plant, has been shown to be non-psychoactive and non-addictive. Recent studies have confirmed that it offers wide range of health benefits, and last year the first FDA-approved drug made with CBD. As cannabis becomes more socially acceptable (and legally available), CBD-infused products are quickly becoming a trend in the natural wellness space. Today, one of its most promising early applications seems to be as a viable treatment option for inflammation.

What Does Research Say About CBD For Inflammation?

Scientists believe that CBD reduces inflammation by triggering receptors in the endocannabinoid system, a system of receptors throughout the body that regulates many bodily functions. Studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in inflammation, and CBD could have a major effect on this interaction. Research has shown that when these receptors are triggered by CBD, they can cause a significant reduction in inflammation.

Some studies have looked very specifically at which receptors in the body are most linked to inflammation, and how CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can affect them. Others have examined the effect of CBD on particular inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes. Although scientists are still exploring these reactions and investigating the effects that CBD has on specific parts of the body, all the evidence to this point suggests strongly that it has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.

The safety profile of CBD has also been studied quite extensively, although (as always) scientists are careful to state that more research is needed before they can draw definitive conclusions. Unlike many of the pain medications used by people with chronic inflammation, there is no record of CBD causing liver damage, stomach ulcers, vomiting, or nausea. CBD is non-toxic too, which means that there is no risk of overdosing or causing harm to one’s immune system.

Taken as a whole, the research to date indicates that CBD could offer a safe, effective, and natural treatment for people living with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome. Considering the significant risks posed by traditional medications used to treat these conditions, it would not be surprising if the coming years saw an increase in the number of people who use CBD to fight inflammation.

At the same time, researchers’ calls for caution regarding CBD are well-founded. While no major side effects have been identified as of yet, it’s possible that some people who are taking other medications could experience unwanted reactions if they add CBD to their regimen without consulting a medical professional. If you’re considering CBD to help treat your inflammation, talk to your doctor first.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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