As more and more people are interested in CBD, there is an increasing number of claims that CBD helps with a lot of conditions. One of the biggest claim might be that CBD can help reduce inflammation.
Are these claims just that easy or do they have backbone to them? If you try to figure it out, most of these claims are backed up with personal experience.
Of course, the studies of CBD are just getting started, but some studies let us peek into the reality that CBD can actually help with inflammation. Read with us!
What is inflammation?
A natural response in your immune system, that is what inflammation is. The response is actually the most important thing.
Your body is constantly exposed to free radicals, germs, viruses and other harmful substances that your body doesn't want. If these will not be removed fast, these harmful substances can damage proteins, fat and even DNA inside your body.
Inflammation, the reaction on these harmful substances, helps your body to get rid of the foreign or harmful substances. It protects us against infections, parasites and more. Inflammation triggers white blood cells to flood the area where the foreign or harmful substances are. White blood cells will flood the area with chemicals that are toxic for the foreigners, thus killing them and keep your body safe.
There are two main types of inflammation:
- acute: result of an injury, brings swelling, pain, heat and redness
- chronic: persists for longer periods of time, happens when your immune system attacks healthy tissues
The effects of inflammation
As chronic inflammation attacks healthy tissue, experiencing a variety of symptoms as a result, isn't weird. For example, if the inflammation is in the joints, you can experience arthritis. If the inflammation is in the brain, you can experience a variety of neurodegenerative diseases.
Studies have found that inflammation has a direct correlation with coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, asthma, Crohn’s disease, neuropathic pain, sinusitis, and more.
CBD in corporation with you Endocannabinoid system
The body's own Endocannabinoid system (ECS), has to main receptors: CB1 and CB2. These are found in the whole body, including immune cells.
Immune cells have a larger amount of CB2 receptors than CB1, and when your ECS or CBD activate CB2 receptors, it also activates the anti-inflammatory effect.
Can CBD help reduce inflammation?
In short, studies so far are showing that CBD can help reduce both acute and chronic inflammation by mediating your body’s inflammatory response.
Most studies seem to provide the idea that CBD can help with inflammation, but the method of how still remains a sort of mystery. Studies say that CBD acts as an immunosuppressant, what mean that it reduces the strength at which your body immune system responds. Supressing your immune system with CBD can help reduce inflammation and reduce the side effects that you experience.
But other studies, using CBD regularly can help your body to increase the natural white blood cells. This can be helpful for those with immonudeficency disorders. Additional studies are looking into how CBD may be an immunomodulator, which means that it modifies your body’s immune response to be more regular instead of suppressing it. This could be possible because stimulating the productions of more antibodies or inhibiting white blood cell activity. Meaning that your white blood cells won't attack your healthy tissue).
But most studies show that CBD helps to reduce the effects of chronic and acute inflammation. This works by activating receptors other than just the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD can activate the glycine receptors and reduce the pain caused by chronic inflammation.
But CBD can also help reduce the amount of macrophages (a type of white blood cell in the digestive system) within your intestines, ultimately helping to reduce intestinal inflammation.
There are enough studies on CBD and inflammation. These studies show that CBD does help to reduce inflammation.
How it works, is still not totally clear. We are still learning on how it all works. However, people add their personal testimonies to the study findings that CBD can help fight inflammation. Resulting in relieve the effects of chronic inflammation.
If you choose to use CBD to help with your inflammation symptoms, we recommend first talking with your doctor to establish a dosage and determine whether CBD is the right choice. Remember to always start with a lower dosage and work your way up until you experience the effects you want.