Inflammation is a critical part of the human body’s ability to fight infection. It’s really just the process of your body increasing white blood cells, immune cells and cytokines, which are substances that help fight infection. Inflammation is normal--without it, you wouldn’t be able to heal properly.
The trouble begins when inflammation lasts for a long time and your immune system stays in a hyperactive state. In fact, chronic inflammation may be one of the leading, if not the leading, risk factor in developing everything from countless life-threatening diseases to daily discomfort and pain. Chronic inflammation is believed to be a leading cause of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and more.
So, what causes chronic inflammation?
Your lifestyle, diet, genetics and even environmental factors can contribute to inflammation. The trick is learning how to keep that inflammation at bay. Many times, strong anti-inflammatory medications prescribed to treat inflammatory disorders, and sometimes drastic lifestyle changes, are put in place.
Fortunately, there may be a better way. CBD has shown incredible anti-inflammatory properties due to the way it and other active hemp cannabinoids are able to engage with the endocannabinoid system. In particular, cannabinoids show the ability to interact with and stimulate the CB₂ receptors. In turn, these receptors stimulate cells in the immune system and help bring the body back to balance. This creates the potential to fight chronic inflammation, including the kind that occurs in inflammatory bowel diseases.\
As we now know that pain is largely related to inflammation, CBD shows great potential to not only ease discomfort, but also help manage the source of the problem.
When it comes to inflammation, CBD could help you help yourself.
Because your lifestyle can greatly contribute to inflammation, one of the best long-term ways to help keep inflammation at bay is through regular exercise. Unfortunately, many people who already suffer from pain due to chronic inflammation may find exercise difficult. CBD may be able to help break this vicious cycle. Due to its discomfort-easing properties, many people who add CBD to their daily routine experience a decrease in pain and an increased ability to move their bodies.
Cannabinoids may be safer than many common anti-inflammatory drugs.
In many cases, anti-inflammatory medications can help save lives, but that often comes at a cost. According to the American Journal of Managed Care, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are said to contribute to 100,000 hospitalizations each year due to severe gastrointestinal issues. In fact, bleeding caused by ulcers is reported as the most common side effects of regular NSAID use.
But historically, when people have needed relief from inflammation, they often had no choice but to turn to NSAIDs, which are often recommended for daily use. With the release of CBD products into the mainstream, people now have a safer option. That’s because, as CBD studies have proven, unlike NSAIDs, cannabinoids are highly unlikely to lead to painful bleeding of the intestines, permanent damage to the kidneys or death.
CBD can also help combat stress, which impacts the body’s inflammatory response.
The cannabinoids and terpenes in hemp are well known for their ability to reduce stress and anxiety in the human body. In fact, stress relief, an elevated mood, and an enhanced sense of well-being, are all commonly reported by people who use both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products.
These calming effects are made possible thanks to CB₁ receptors, which specialize in releasing nerve chemicals of excitement and calm. With the help of the right amount of additional cannabinoids, CB₁ receptors can help stop the chemicals that cause stress from releasing.
Taking the right amount of CBD for your body makes all the difference.
To help decrease inflammation, adding the right amount of CBD to your daily routine is a critical first step. And, if you don’t know where to begin with the amount of CBD to take, we recommend starting with 10-15 mg of CBD a day.
Take note of how your body responds to the product and whether or not you’re getting the proper level of relief. You should try CBD at different times during the day, because effects can differ from the morning to the night. Once you find a time that works for you, start taking the CBD consistently at the same time of day.
If you’re seeking a deeper degree of relief from discomfort or inflammation, try increasing your serving size by 10 mg to see if a higher concentration works better for you. Many people who use CBD for relief from inflammation typically take 15 to 20 mg of CBD per day. When in doubt, remember to listen to your body.