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CBD and Inflammation
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the human body’s immune system responding to a foreign irritant. It is a natural response to self-protect from anything which could be harmful and then to begin the healing process. Inflammation could be the result of breathing in an airborne virus, chemicals or animal dander, being in contact with bacteria or fungi, or from injury to the external body. It can be beneficial when, for example, your knee sustains a blow and tissues need care and protection. However, sometimes, inflammation can persist longer than necessary, causing more harm than good.
Symptoms of Inflammation
Symptoms of inflammation vary depending on whether the reaction is acute or chronic.
The effects of acute inflammation can be summed up by the acronym PRISH. They include:
The inflamed area is likely to be painful, especially during and after touching. Chemicals that stimulate nerve endings are released, making the area more sensitive.
This occurs because the capillaries in the area are filled with more blood than usual.
There may be some loss of function in the region of the inflammation.
This is caused by a build-up of fluid.
More blood flows to the affected area, and this makes it feel warm to the touch.
These five acute inflammation signs only apply to inflammations of the skin. If inflammation occurs deep inside the body, such as in an internal organ, only some of the signs may be noticeable. For example, some internal organs may not have sensory nerve endings nearby, so there will be no pain, such as in certain types of lung inflammation. Symptoms of chronic inflammation present in a different way.
These can include:
- mouth sores
- chest pain
- abdominal pain
- joint pain
The Positive Effects of Inflammation
When an inflammation occurs in your body, many different immune system cells may be involved. They release various substances, known as inflammatory mediators. These include the hormones bradykinin and histamine. They cause the small blood vessels in the tissue to become wider (dilate), allowing more blood to reach the injured tissue. For this reason, inflamed areas turn red and feel hot.
The increased blood flow also allows more immune system cells to be carried to the injured tissue, where they help with the healing process. What’s more, both hormones irritate nerves and cause pain signals to be sent to the brain. This has a protective function: If the inflammation hurts, you tend to protect the affected part of the body.
The inflammatory mediators have another function: They make it easier for immune system cells to pass out of the small blood vessels so that more of them can enter the affected tissue. The immune system cells also cause more fluid to enter the inflamed tissue, which is why it often swells up. The swelling goes down again after a while when this fluid is transported out of the tissue.
Mucous membranes also release more fluid when they are inflamed. For instance, this happens when you have a stuffy nose and the membranes lining your nose are inflamed. Then the extra fluid can help to quickly flush the viruses out of your body.
The Ill Effects of Inflammation
Inflammation doesn’t always help the body. In some diseases, the immune system fights against the body’s own cells by mistake, causing harmful inflammations. Collectively known as chronic inflammatory diseases, these diseases can last for years or even a lifetime. Their severity and level of activity vary, some to the detrimental and debilitating effect of the patient.
These include, for example:
- Rheumatoid arthritis, where many joints throughout the body are permanently inflamed
- Psoriasis – a chronic skin disease
- Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Graves’ disease
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Systemic Lupus
- Tourette syndrome
What is CBD?
CBD, also at times referred to as Cannabidiol, Cannabis oil or Medical Marijuana, is one of the therapeutic compounds of the Hemp plant. Other cannabinoid compounds include CBDa, CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN Terpenoids and THC. Full Spectrum CBD oil contains an array of these cannabinoid compounds. When taken together these compounds create an entourage effect. THC creates a mind-altering "high" when a person smokes it or uses it in cooking. CBD, however, is different as it is not psychoactive. This means that CBD does not change a person's state of mind when they use it. CBD will not get you high. Media has played a beneficial role in the increased awareness of the healing powers of this natural plant. Today many people seem to be using it as their number one alternative therapy in place of pharmaceutical medications which may have side effects.
The therapeutic properties of Cannabinoids are increasingly being researched, tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors from around the world. Although, this is not a new revelation. Knowledge of the medical and psychoactive properties of cannabis dates back to 4000 B.C, where it had been used for pain management and as a treatment for inflammation. Most recent research shows promising results confirming these medical benefits for a huge array of illnesses.
Methods of CBD Use
CBD is available in an abundance of options, from Topical use such as lotions, transdermal patches, soothing balms, tattoo balms and Beard Oil! Also, for oral consumption in the form of Capsules, Oils, Gummies, Chocolate, Tea, Coffee or Vape Fluid for vaping. You can even buy CBD suppositories.
Inflammation and CBD
Research has shown very positive results regarding the use of CBD for inflammation. A Full Spectrum Oil combination seems to have better effects. It is a safer alternative to prescribed medications as it does not pose any risks of overdose or any major side effects. Also, the amount of CBD intake can be reduced if a person feels they are taking too much, without the fear of withdrawal symptoms.