If you’ve ever twisted your ankle, cut your finger, or been stung by a bee, you’ve experienced what doctors call acute inflammation. When you sustain an injury, white blood cells respond to the area which increases blood flow. This increased blood flow can cause symptoms like swelling, joint pain, joint stiffness, and loss of joint function, all of which are the body’s way of healing itself from injury. For this reason, acute inflammation is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s when inflammation doesn’t go away or appears for no reason that we have a problem – or rather, many potentially serious problems.
From holistic health practitioners and chiropractors to Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Health Review, chronic inflammation is being touted as the root cause of some of the most dangerous and debilitating diseases. The list of these diseases is troubling:
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How can chronic inflammation create so many health problems? Inflammation causes white blood cells to arrive at the affected area. When white blood cells have no disease or infection to fight, they can attack healthy tissues and organs. This is especially true with heart disease where the accumulation of white blood cells in the arteries leads to the formation of plaque and cardiovascular disease. Low levels of inflammation can cause the body’s immune system to misfire or not shut itself off. That’s why chronic inflammation is so dangerous. It turns our immune system against us to dangerous effect.
While the study and treatment of chronic inflammation is still in its early stages and opinions vary within the medical community, there is more than anecdotal evidence that supports the use of CBD as a treatment. According to a 2009 study published by the Journal of Experimental Medicine, cannabinoids (including CBD) suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting α3 glycine receptors. Receptors are cells or organs that can respond to some sort of stimulus (infection, injury) and send signals to the nervous system which triggers the white blood cell response. α3 glycine receptors are the major inhibitory receptors in your spinal cord, which is essentially the bridge between your peripheral nervous system and your brain.
The extraordinarily technical explanation above confirms what we at Curaleaf Hemp have known for years—if you’re suffering from chronic inflammation and pain, CBD can be a powerful ally. The therapeutic effects of CBD on chronic inflammation have the potential to be even greater when combined with other lifestyle changes. Getting more exercise, reducing stress, and eliminating inflammation inducing foods like sugar, processed meats, trans fats, and alcohol can naturally lower your inflammation symptoms and enhance the effectiveness of your CBD regimen.
At Curaleaf Hemp, we have natural, non-intoxicating CBD products to help you achieve a wide variety of therapeutic effects and mood states. If you have questions about how to use CBD as an anti-inflammatory or how to choose the right CBD product for your situation, please contact us today!