Inflammation is your body’s response to injury, an infection, tissue damage, and more. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic inflammation. An acute inflammation follows directly after infection, injury, or illness. Acute inflammation usually goes away in just hours. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is a prolonged and returning inflammation that lingers more.

There are medicinal treatments for both acute and chronic inflammation cases, but lately, CBD or cannabidiol is thought to be an alternative home treatment for inflammation. In this article, we’ll try to discuss the effects of CBD on inflammation.

What research tells us

Various studies revolve around the role of CBD (extracted from the cannabis Sativa plant or most commonly known as marijuana) in inflammation. The volume of studies abounds because CBD has a direct link to the human endocannabinoid system as well as the human immune system.

In a review published in 2015, researchers discussed the properties of CBD that makes it a potent ingredient against inflammation. Researchers found out that CBD can access several pathways of bodily inflammation. Also, CBD potentially represents a treatment for several conditions associated with inflammation.

In another study published in 2017 from “Pain,” they examined the CBD effects in rats with osteoarthritis. The result was quite promising. In just two weeks of CBD treatment, the rats experienced reduced inflammation in their joints. It was also concluded in the research that CBD could prevent the developmental damage of the nerves and joints.

Animal-based research shows that CBD can indeed modulate the immune system to subside the inflammation potentially. Although research tells us that CBD doesn’t pose a great affinity for the human endocannabinoid receptors, it affects some receptors and targets. A study published in 2018 shows that CBD can bind to receptors that are responsible for managing pain, perception, inflammation, and temperature.

Don’t be easily swayed with the intimidating amount of positive paperwork about CBD. Rigorous clinical trials on humans are still needed to shift the homemade alternative image of CBD to a legitimate FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) approved medication.

The experts’ perspectives

Jeremy Riggle, the head scientist at the Mary’s Medicinals says in an interview to Weedmaps, “Overall, the research literature indicates that cannabinoids, including CBD, could potentially be very effective anti-inflammatory agents for nervous tissue inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, vascular inflammation and certain types of cancers that are triggered by chronic inflammation.”

Stacia Woodcock from Curaleaf New York, a CBD company, says, “Based on my experience, I think that CBD may offer some relief if dosed properly, such as a minimum of 50 milligrams a day to start, but it may take a few weeks to see a good result.”

Final thought

There is an expansive body of references and literature regarding the effects of CBD on inflammation. Some of the literature opposes the idea of using CBD for inflammation. Still, most of the studies suggest that CBD has a huge potential in being made into a legitimate pharmaceutical-grade treatment for inflammation.

However, it should be noted that most of these studies don’t use human subjects due to ethical reasons. Therefore, expect that most of the studies are made from rat samples and the like. This doesn’t mean, however, that rat-based studies don’t bear any credibility.

All in all, to be at par with health standards, it is encouraged that you consult with your doctor before using CBD oils in treating inflammation.


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