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CBD and Inflammation
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CBD and Inflammation

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What is inflammation?

To fully understand CBD and how it interacts and assists with inflammation, we need to have a basic understanding of physiology, the immune system and the adverse health effects of inflammation.

The human body is constantly ‘at war’ with the outside world.

Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s defense to injury or infection and in this way, it is beneficial. It is among the first responses by the body to enemy invasion: it is your first line of defense against germs. Inflammation is an important function of the human body because its primary purpose is to protect cells and initiate tissue repair.

If a cut on your skin swells up or turns red, and is painful, those symptoms are signs of acute, or short-lived, inflammation. Other harm to your body may cause you to feel hot or lose some function. As a child, inflammation commonly meant infection, an example being when you scraped or cut your skin. Typically, that area would inflame and grow sore, even swell up for a few days, before settling down and slowly healing up.

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This was an inflammatory response from the body, which was recognizing a ‘foreign invader’, maybe a bacterium, and the immune system inflamed the area to prevent the invader penetrating any deeper into the body, and simultaneously sent signals, in the form of chemical messages called pro-inflammatory cytokines, to recruit other factors of the immune system to assist in fighting the foreign substance. This is known as acute inflammation, and while uncomfortable, is beneficial, and a sign of a healthy and functioning immune system.

The type of inflammatory response that most people seek treatment for, and that you would use CBD oil for, is chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation and an over-active immune system can lead to white blood cells attacking your internal cells and tissues and can cause a variety of conditions such as Lupus, IBS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RS) or Crohn’s  Disease and plenty of other neurological disorders.

This type of inflammation causes your body to continually try and fight a perceived internal threat even if this inflammatory response isn’t necessary to heal you. Because of the consistent pain, and potential damage, you will likely seek treatment for chronic inflammation symptoms.

How Does CBD Help Treat Inflammation And Inflammatory Diseases?

The numerous health benefits of CBD, along with its effects on a broad array of conditions, have caused an increasingly large population of people to turn to CBD for inflammation treatment and management.

This particular cannabinoid has become a rising star, not only amongst patients but also among research authorities who are intensely studying CBD for its possible pharmacological and therapeutic potential.

Studies have found that the compound delivers its effects by interfering with the normal functioning of our endocannabinoid system ( best described as any result of the CBD interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors – which we will cover in greater detail in future article), which is responsible in controlling a range of biological activates such as pain, metabolism, mood, stress, thinking capacities, and inflammatory responses.

The endocannabinoid system is made up of several integrated mechanisms:

  • enzymes responsible for creating and destroying cannabinoids
  • receptor sites on cells to receive cannabinoids (CB1 and CB2)
  • the endocannabinoids themselves (compounds that are naturally produced by the human body).

Together, these mechanisms are primarily responsible for regulating body processes and functions. Endocannabinoids interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptor sites with the goal of helping the body achieve a state of equilibrium, also called homeostasis.

CB1 receptors are mainly located in the central nervous system and spinal cord and play a direct role in memory and cognition, emotion, motor control, appetite stimulation, metabolism, and perception of pain. 

CB2 receptors are densely located in the peripheral nervous system and are especially associated with the immune system and inflammation response.

When CB2 receptors are activated, they stimulate a response that fights inflammation, which in turn reduces pain and minimises damage to tissues.

CBD has been found to bind to some CB2 receptors but its benefits are most strongly felt through indirect activation of non-cannabinoid receptors. In other words, what makes CBD so effective is its ability to address the mechanisms and processes in the body that cause inflammation and irregular CB2 function in the first place.

Pura Vida CBD has proven in lab reports to have a full spectrum range of cannabinoids available, and is made from organically grown hemp.

 

 

 Cytokines, for example, are small proteins released by immune cells when the body is under some type of stress. Certain cytokines are involved in the initiation and continuation of inflammation. CBD has been shown to disrupt this immune response, preventing the inflammation from occurring in the first place.

Another way CBD oil is known to fight inflammation is in relation to the neurotransmitter adenosine. CBD acts as an adenosine reuptake inhibitor, meaning it helps to increase the amount of adenosine in the brain, which in turn impacts adenosine receptors. The effect on these receptors, plays a significant role in reducing inflammation in the body.

Supporting your body with CBD is a very powerful and natural tool to support optimal health and wellness and balance.  It is important to take into account what may be causing the inflammation in your body.  Daily behaviors like diet and stress levels are triggers for inflammation. 

Giving your body the right care and nourishment will help the endocannabinoid system maintain homeostasis and optimal wellness.

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