CBD and Inflammation: Understanding the Connection
The verdict is out! A broad range of medical studies have consistently demonstrated that CBD helps to reduce inflammation as well as pain. Interestingly, humans have used hemp for thousands of years for its pain-relieving effects and to reduce inflammation. The Ancient Chinese, Indians, Greeks and Romans all used it to treat people and animals. It was also widely used in the Western world for pain relief, anti-inflammation and relaxation.
One of the most common areas in research today is the use of CBD for pain and inflammation. It is now well-known that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoids system which is a regulator of pain, discomfort and inflammation. the endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) as well as a host of other endocannabinoids. This system acts like a signaling network that works to regulate many processes throughout the body including the stimulation of nerve cells that either increase or decrease pain.
When CBD is consumed, it goes to work in the endocannabinoid system by interlocking with cannabinoid receptors, allowing the system to get a boost and perform its job in healing the body. The scientist, Ethan Russo believes that if the body cannot produce enough cannabinoids for the endocannabinoid system to work properly, pain and inflammation are the result.
While the human body does produce endocannabinoids, there are times when it is deficient and this is where CBD can help. It is believed that CBD can supplement the deficiency within the endocannabinoid system and help it performs its job in regulating pain and maintaining overall balance in the body.
Research studies report that CBD is effective for both acute and chronic pain. It is also helpful for post-operative pain, chronic pain associated with multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, fibromyalgia, migraine, and phantom limb syndrome. Other studies show that CBD is effective in helping treat the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
While humans have known for a long time that CBD can help treat pain and inflammation, recent, formal research is now supporting this idea. CBD may not only help to reduce pain and inflammation, but may be considered by some experts, to be a safer alternative to the both over-the-counter as well as prescription pain-relieving medications commonly used.