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CBD vs Inflammation – Does it Really Work?

CBD for Inflammation – Does it Work?

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Chronic inflammation is a more common condition than you may think. Often one of the core causes of chronic pain, this condition is present in Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, and many other diseases. These conditions often involve daily, persistent pain that, at its most severe, can be lifelong and debilitating. So, it’s no wonder that there is such a drive to find an effective and safe treatment.

For centuries, people have used cannabis to treat pain. However, it’s only in recent years that the research has caught up with the history. As a result, the use of CBD as an experimental home treatment for chronic inflammation is on the rise in America and farther afield.

Inflammation – What Is It?

Inflammation is a natural response by the body to a threat or attack. The body creates inflammation in the area affected, to signal to the immune system that something isn’t quite right. The immune system responds to this immediately, and the healing process begins. So, normal levels of inflammation are perfectly fine.

However, chronic inflammation can cause real problems. This is inflammation that is consistently present for several months, or even years. Chronic inflammation causes a great deal of pain, discomfort and can have a negative effect on mental health as a result.

There are a large number of medical conditions and diseases which cause chronic inflammation. These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Tuberculosis

Although chronic inflammation is often caused by an underlying medical condition such as those listed above, it can also be the result of acute inflammation that was not treated effectively. A simple infection or muscle injury can lead to chronic inflammation in time if it isn’t addressed.

While the levels of chronic inflammation can wary widely and affect people differently, there is no arguing against the fact that severe chronic inflammation can be extremely debilitating for patients. This is why finding the best possible treatment is such a high priority for so many people.

Treatments for Chronic Inflammation

The current treatments for inflammation are categorized into two distinct groups; steroidal treatments and non-steroidal treatments.

Corticosteroids are a specific type of steroid hormone that are used to suppress the immune system when it mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the body. While these can be very effective, they come with a long list of health risks such as vision loss and osteoporosis.

Non-steroidal treatments, more commonly known as NSAIDS, include well known medications such as Aspirin and Advil. These treatments can also be highly effective, yet also come with a long list of possible side effects such as kidney disease.

Even though these treatments might reduce inflammation and improve quality of life for those living with chronic inflammation, many are nervous of using medications with possible side effects as severe as these. For this reason, increasing numbers of patients are turning to natural remedies for their condition, and CBD is fast becoming the natural remedy of choice for treating inflammation.

CBD – How Does It Work?

CBD is a chemical which is extracted from the cannabis plant. This chemical has been studied at length, specifically as a treatment for a long list of chronic medical conditions and diseases. While there is much more research needed into the potential benefits and side effects, some significant data has been collected over the years.

CBD has been found in numerous studies and clinical trials to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. This research was conducted as a result of the decades of anecdotal evidence suggesting it can be used as a highly effective remedy for chronic pain conditions.

The science behind how CBD counteracts inflammation is quite simple. Cannabidiol is a specific type of chemical, known as a cannabinoid. It just so happens that the human body produces cannabinoids naturally, and processes them in the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.

The ECS is a sophisticated system of receptors found throughout the human body. Most are located in the skin, nervous system and brain. Although the ECS was only first discovered in the 1990’s, which is very recently in scientific terms, researchers understand its functions quite well today.

One of those functions is the regulation of inflammation and its effects on the body. In particular, increasing amounts of evidence have been found to link the ECS with inflammation in multiple sclerosis. It is therefore reasonable to deduce that the ECS would play a role in other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Researchers have also found that CBD acts as a sort of nutritional supplement to the ECS and supports it in its vital functions. This means that using CBD can make the ECS more effective, and more efficient at reducing inflammation, they believe.

Is CBD Right for You?

For many years, medical cannabis has been used as an experimental home treatment for chronic inflammation. However, it more recent years a huge amount of scientific research has been conducted into its use for this purpose. This research has produced some overwhelmingly positive findings.

Finally, the research is catching up with the anecdotal evidence that has claimed for a very long time that medical cannabis can be a powerful weapon against inflammation. However, CBD remains experimental for now and anyone considering using it should keep this in mind.

For some people, the effectiveness of CBD is enough to convince them to try it as a home treatment. For others, the fact that medical cannabis remains illegal under federal law is enough to deter them from using it. Each person is different and only you can decide whether or not CBD is the right treatment for you.

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