How to Beat Inflammation with CBD
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When we think of inflammation, images of pain, redness, and swelling may come to mind. While short-term inflammation can be protective (like when you hit your shin against furniture), long-term or chronic inflammation can be a burden. Research has shown that a CBD ritual may help with inflammation, which is great news for many! But first, let's understand where inflammation comes from and what it actually is.
So, what exactly is inflammation?
There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is your body’s natural response to an outside stressor. When you get a splinter in your finger or even an infection, the inflammation related to that is part of the healing process. While it can be annoying, acute inflammation doesn’t last too long.
Chronic inflammation, however, doesn’t go away after a few hours or days as acute inflammation does. It can be attributed to many factors, including heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Lingering inflammation can break down healthy tissue and cause a whole slew of problems like bloating, pain, and fatigue.
Where does chronic inflammation come from?
In many cases, lifestyle choices cause your body to go into panic mode creating inflammation. Obesity, smoking, poor diet, irregular sleep, and stress are all factors that can contribute to chronic inflammation.
However, some other causes of chronic inflammation can be underlying health issues, such as autoimmune disorders or viral infections. Many times, doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, some containing steroids. Those medications can be habit-forming or have adverse side effects that do more harm than good, encouraging many to find an alternative option to treat chronic inflammation. Enter: CBD.
How can CBD Help?
ECS, or the endocannabinoid system, is the part of your body that is responsible for keeping everything in balance, as well as helping to regulate inflammation. Cannabinoids are key to keeping your ECS in working order, which is where CBD comes in. Cannabinoids, including CBD, are believed to be anti-inflammatory, helping to keep your whole ECS balanced and in check.
If you’re suffering from long-term inflammation, your tissues are at risk of damage. One study shows that higher doses of CBD were able to reduce plasma levels of inflammatory markers which helps to reduce tissue degradation. This also applies to inflammation from exercise. Your muscle tissue breaks down when you workout, sometimes causing soreness. CBD is believed to help.
Incorporating a CBD ritual into your everyday routine may assist in chronic inflammation, not to mention all of the other CBD benefits you’ll experience. The best way to see the benefits of CBD is with an oil, like Full Bloom + Mint, our most potent full-spectrum CBD oil. More of a capsule person? Get the same benefits with Bright Side Broad Spectrum CBD capsules. Topical treatments like Bliss Balm or Botanic Bombs are a great way to reap the benefits and get a little self-care in at the same time.
The Bottom Line
Inflammation is something that we all experience, whether it’s acute or chronic. Recent research has shown that CBD may help in addressing your inflammation by working with your ECS to keep your body balanced. By understanding what the root causes of your inflammation are, you can begin to find a ritual that works for you. Whichever way you choose to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, Onyx + Rose is here to make sure you have all the information you need to get the most out of your ritual.