As appears in Get Holistic Health.
If you’ve ever cut your finger, broken your bone, or even just been bit by a pesky bug, you’ve experienced inflammation. Generally speaking, inflammation is a good thing. It’s a sign that your immune system and healing processes are working correctly. But when the condition is prolonged, it can lead to significant health issues. Good news for us: CBD is proving to be an effective anti-inflammatory. It helps to calm pain and discomfort and provide relief from that pesky bug bite. Here we will explore the signs, causes, and benefits of CBD for inflammation.
The Body’s Healing Signal
Remember that cut, break or bite from a bug mentioned above? We call this reaction “acute inflammation.” The rapid onset of classic signs includes pain, redness, swelling, and heat, which are caused by increased blood flow to the affected area. White blood cells surround the area, battling it out against bacteria to keep it away from the wound, protecting the injury site from further damage.
Essentially, your white blood cells isolate the damaged area and speed along the healing process. This allows the rest of your body to continue working even as you’re recovering from the initial injury. Acute inflammation typically occurs for a shorter time (days to weeks), as long as the area is kept clean and protected.
Your Body in Overdrive
While inflammation is a sign that your body is working to keep you healthy, chronic inflammation puts it on high alert around the clock. Your body either can’t recognize or mistakenly recognizes an issue and goes into overdrive trying to fight it off. Examples include:
- Irritants and allergens
- Autoimmune disorders, like lupus and certain types of arthritis
- Exposure to chemicals
- Auto-inflammatory diseases, in which the body signals for an immune response even when there is no underlying cause
- Acute inflammation that becomes persistent
With your body’s immune response on overdrive, inflammation may result in connective tissue damage, which is where major diseases come into play. Under normal circumstances, our bodies undergo a process of oxidation, where free radicals and antioxidants work hand in hand to keep your body in balance. When out of sync, the body experiences oxidative stress. The imbalance can cause damage to tissues, which increases the release of more free radicals to try to repair the damage. This sets off a nasty cycle that makes the condition progressively worse.
Chronic inflammation is a major contributing factor to a gamut of illnesses and diseases, like asthma, ulcers, and Chron’s disease. It may also have links to others, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and even allergies. Several factors may increase the chance of developing chronic inflammation, including stress, lack of sleep, smoking, obesity, age, and diet.
What we know about CBD and Inflammation
CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It is increasingly lauded for its effectiveness in reducing inflammation. CBD is jam-packed with the healing power of cannabinoids. These cannabinoids work with our endocannabinoid system to regulate our body’s natural functions, playing a critical role in our immune system.
Research isn’t conclusive about how exactly it works, but what we do know is the CB2 receptor in our endocannabinoid system is responsible for managing pain and inflammation. CBD appears to affect how this receptor responds to signals it receives, which may support a desired immune response to pain and inflammation. Additional research is needed to have a more definitive answer on how it works, along with understanding the most effective delivery mechanism and dosage. However, preliminary findings of the benefits of CBD for Inflammation are promising.
Finding Relief with CBD
For those currently experiencing chronic inflammation, a great option to consider is Allvane CBD Oil Pain Formula. Designed to be taken orally, oils are CBD in liquid form. This CBD oil is specially formulated with terpenes known for their ability to ease inflammation, soothe aches, and provide a healthy dose of antioxidants.
If you’re experiencing pain in a specific area of your body, another option to consider is a topical product. Consider our Allvane Warming Salve or Cooling Roll-On. These are applied directly to the area of your body causing you discomfort and can be used throughout the day, as needed.
You may also take a pre-emptive strike against inflammation by adding Wellness Formula CBD Oil into your everyday routine. CBD isolate supports your overall health and well-being, which may aid in fending off an imbalance.
As always, CBD is not a cure and is best used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.