Reports of CBD oil helping a variety of health issues are rampant these days. We’ve already written 4 articles on the effects of CBD or hemp oil ourselves. This comes without any FDA approval or regulation of the oils. So why has CBD become all the rage? Anecdotal testimonials of relief. And just as we use the reviews to choose products, word of mouth is a powerful influence. But there are also studies emerging to indicate scientific evidence of effectiveness. One area providing hope is CBD for inflammation.
Chronic Inflammation and its Causes
What’s interesting is inflammation is actually a good thing. It’s your body’s response mechanism to heal, providing extra blood flow to damaged or infected areas. But when the inflammation doesn’t stop, continues on in the body or triggers falsely, it starts to wreak havoc. Research is starting to blame inflammation on a bunch of major conditions.
Chronic Inflammation is Linked to:
- Heart Attacks
- Joint pain
- And more!
In fact, doctors are starting to suggest getting a C reactive protein test to indicate the amount of inflammation in the body as an indicator of heart disease and strokes.
What is Causing all this Chronic Inflammation?
Our modern world — and the habits we’ve picked up in it — aren’t doing us any favors. By the time we’ve made it to age 50 or more, we’ve accumulated a high exposure to inflammatory triggers. If you’ll look at the list, women are more susceptible to several of these. Oh, and lucky us, menopause is thought to increase inflammation on its very own.
- Stress and Anxiety
- Excess Fat
- Air Pollution
- Foods with trans fats
- Red Meat
- Harmful Bacteria
How is CBD Thought to Help Inflammation?
Now, this is where it gets tricky because so much research still needs to be done to explain exactly why it’s working. It’s all about the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. And the Cannabinoids (the C in CBD), over 100 of which are in well-extracted full-spectrum CBD oil, are thought to both block receptors to some of the harmful signals and trigger some helpful receptors. Now, that’s really simplistic. We’ve sourced several studies with some intricate explanations to make you feel better. (see below)
But also, CBD oil is being used to help some of the causes, like stress and anxiety. According to Science and Word “Short bursts of stress significantly raise the amount of inflammatory molecules circulating through your bloodstream. And even worse, periods of extreme stress could affect your immune system for years: People who experience traumatic events continue to have elevated levels of inflammation when tested five years later.”
Other anti-inflammatory solutions like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen have potentially harmful side effects if taken too often. But in a 2016 study done with CBD on rats, they concluded “that topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects.”
Note: You do want to check with your doctor before taking CBD especially if you are taking medications, as it can intensify the dose you are taking or have interactions similar to how grapefruit does.
It’s this 2011 government study titled Cannabidiol as an emergent therapeutic strategy for lessening the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress, that really hits home. They concluded:
“Targeting oxidative stress in various diseases therapeutically has proven more problematic than first anticipated given the complexities and perversity of both the underlying disease and the immune response. However, growing evidence suggests that the endocannabinoid system may be an area that is ripe for therapeutic exploitation. In this context, the related nonpsychotropic cannabinoid cannabidiol, which may interact with the endocannabinoid system but has actions that are distinct, offers promise as a prototype for anti-inflammatory drug development.”
All in all, if you are trying to lessen the inflammation in your body, CBD oil seems beneficial to add to your arsenal, both for the potential of anti-inflammatory effects and addressing contributing causes. Just make sure you are buying your CBD products from a reputable company sourcing responsibly grown, industrial hemp (which is sterile and naturally unable to get you “high” – therefore completely legal in all states) and using pure extraction methods.
We suggest CBD Kratom Shops and their online siteshopcbdkratom.com as a good source. The store was really helpful in answering questions for us by phone, which we appreciated.
Because you’ll want to take CBD on a regular basis if you are trying to reduce inflammation, we also suggest using a slightly higher dose. It’ll be more cost-effective in the long run to go with the higher strength, even if the upfront cost is more.
Perhaps you’ll add another glowing testimonial to the pile of success stories accumulating for CBD oil.