Role Of Cannabinoids (CBD) In Treating Inflammation
By Gabriel Darda
There is a growing community of holistic, naturopathic and mainstream medical professionals who agree, Cannabinoid (CBD) research and studies point to the most promising therapeutic results for reducing chronic inflammation being reported today.
In light of those studies, it’s important to understand the difference between CBD and THC; both substances come from cannabis, but THC is a psychoactive element (causing a “high”). THC is effectively removed from CBD products and is closely regulated. It’s also essential to note that most commercial CBD comes from plants specifically bred to capitalize on elevated CBD levels coupled with greatly reduced THC. Still, widespread acceptance of cannabinoids in the health industry will be an uphill battle; the stigma associated with THC causes many in the medical community to reject their promising benefits.
For the rest of us, there’s no denying the implications of CBD effectiveness on chronic inflammation. Initially, inflammation is a positive response by the body to injury, performing the important role of defending itself against foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, toxins, infections, or actual physical tissue trauma. Inflammation is what sends a signal to the brain that then prompts the all-important protection and healing processes.
Chronic inflammation on the other hand, is when the body sends that inflammation signal – non-stop – over an extended period of time. The triggers for this prolonged state vary, and can include everything from a long-term infection to toxic chemical exposure (think cigarette smoke and hazardous chemicals); persistent stress and anxiety can also elevate inflammation levels.
This elevated level happens when the body’s immune cells secrete pro-inflammatory cytokines – the protein that triggers inflammation to get rid of an irritant (infection, injury, etc.). The production of anti-inflammatory cytokines – also secreted by immune cells – helps with healing while keeping those pro-inflammatory cytokines in check. When this elegant system goes awry, the result is known as chronic inflammation.
CBD has been shown to be beneficial in regulating this imbalance, effectively diffusing it by bonding to CB2 receptors in overactive immune cells. This fuels production of the anti-inflammatory protein caspase, which efficiently dispatches the immune cell. When a sufficient number of immune cells are dispatched, the system is brought back under control and inflammation is reduced.
Though there are still not enough research studies to solidly collaborate all the conjectured inflammatory benefits of CBD, many who supplement with this product report undeniable improvement in their battle with inflammation. For anyone considering including CBD in their daily routine, here are a few things to look for:
- Free of pesticides, herbicides, solvents or chemical fertilizers
- Non-psychoactive (THC well below the allowable 0.3%)
- No MCT oil (many people are sensitive to compounds in coconut oil – the base of MCT)
- Lab- tested, ensuring safety and potency
Purchasing a trusted premium CBD brand like organic Ocanna, is a great start. Utilizing their highly effective tincture, you can put the desired dose directly under your tongue and hold it there for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. This allows the CBD to be efficiently absorbed into your system without first needing to be metabolized in the digestive tract, so you reap its fullest benefits. Like most natural remedies, the effects are cumulative and require time coupled with consistency to impact serious health conditions. After all, it took time to generate those conditions – and it will take time to diminish them.