Is CBD good for inflammation?
Inflammation occurs as a natural protective response when the body has been harmed. There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation occurs following an injury, infection or illness. The immune system releases immune cells to the affected area to protect it, which is visible to us as redness and swelling.
Chronic inflammation refers to a prolonged inflammatory response in the body. When inflammation lingers, it can detrimentally affect tissues and organs due to the increased production of free radicals, which results in oxidative stress, an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals.
Inflammation and oxidative stress are involved in many diseases. Chronic inflammation could be caused by autoimmune disorders, untreated infections or illnesses and often plays a role in conditions such as asthma, cancer and diabetes. Factors such as smoking, obesity or stress may also contribute to chronic inflammation.
While inflammation is necessary to help protect the body as it heals, a state of ongoing or chronic inflammation can be detrimental and become a source of significant pain and anxiety. It is also known to be linked with depression. CBD shows potential as a plant-derived anti-inflammatory without the side effects of medications.
What does the research say?
Research on CBD in animal studies show that the cannabinoid (CBD) seems to be able to interact with the immune system, reduce inflammation, and reduce pain from a number of conditions. Studies date back as far as 2009 but the most recent are highlighted here.
2015: Review published in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry discussed the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. The reviewers found that CBD reduces inflammation through several pathways in the body and represents an effective potential treatment for a range of conditions characterized by inflammation.
2016: A study published in Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation investigated CBD as a treatment for early pancreatic inflammation in diabetic mice. Pancreatic inflammation can lead to diabetes due to an invasion of immune cells that destroy insulin-producing cells. The mice who received 10 weeks of treatment with CBD developed diabetes later than the mice that did not receive the treatment. CBD-treated mice also showed a significant reduction in immune-cell activity.
2017: A study in the journal of Pain examined the effects of CBD in male rats with osteoarthritis. After two weeks, acute inflammation of the joints was reduced by local CBD treatment applied to the area. The administration of CBD was also found to prevent the development of nerve damage and joint pain.
The research on CBD is still in the early stages and there is a lot we do not know yet. However, what we do know so far is promising.
Within Humans, there is early research to suggest that CBD reduces inflammation by affecting activity in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors.
That goes for both chronic inflammation and acute inflammation. A study on rats found that CBD reduced inflammation in rats with osteoarthritis. A 2009 study shows CBD may also reduce acute inflammation, which is most often the body’s reaction to an injury.
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