CBD and the Fight Against Chronic Inflammation

Are you curious to understand how chronic inflammation damages our bodies and why so many people are turning to CBD oil to help counter this burden?

Although chronic inflammation isn’t always easy to sense or diagnose, it doesn’t make it any less dangerous— and it’s not just something people with arthritis need to worry about. Stress, pollution and other environmental factors activate your body’s inflammatory response, and your body might be battling chronic inflammation without you even realizing it.

Over the last few decades, scientists have linked chronic inflammation to numerous health complaints and conditions. Some examples of health conditions and diseases linked to inflammation include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodontitis
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Depression

First let’s examine what is inflammation and what makes it chronic.

Inflammation is your body’s natural way of protecting itself from illnesses, infections and injuries. When the body is healthy and your immune system functions properly – it fights whatever doesn’t belong in your body, sometimes damaging your own tissues while trying to protect you. From your immune system’s point of view, self-damage is worth the sacrifice if it can protect the overall body by stopping the threat from spreading.

A healthy immune system knows how to sense danger and it knows exactly when and where to turn on inflammation to help protect you. A healthy immune system also knows how to sense when the fight’s over and it produces natural anti-inflammatory compounds to coordinate the process of decreasing the inflammatory response in the body.

Unfortunately, with today’s fast paced and stressful lifestyle many of us receive non-stop signals that tell us that our immune systems need to keep fighting. These signals come from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and even our own bodies.  This chronic inflammation can originate from a specific region of the body — like the digestive tract of Crohn’s Disease sufferers. Or it could be spread throughout the body — like the persistent, low-grade systemic inflammation from long-term exposure to irritants, such as industrial chemicals or polluted air.

Appropriately-timed inflammation helps us fight infections and heal our bodies. But when we suffer from chronic inflammation, the immune system transitions from being our guardian into causing our destruction.

CBD To Support Your Battle Against Inflammation

If you think you’re battling chronic inflammation, you should seek as many sources of support as possible. Scientists are currently discovering how natural cannabidiol (CBD) is effective against inflammation, and studies have pointed to multiple ways this natural molecule is anti-inflammatory. Here are some of the ways scientists think CBD combats inflammation:

  • Prostaglandins: CBD and other cannabinoids are incredibly effective at relieving menstrual cramps, and a large reason for this appears to be that CBD inhibits COX-2, the enzyme responsible for producing inflammatory prostaglandins.
  • Tumor necrosis factor (TNFα): Based on rodent studies, CBD’s effectiveness at protecting joints against inflammatory arthritic damage likely stems from its ability to reduce the body’s production of inflammatory tumor necrosis factor (TNFα).
  • PPARγ: CBD can influence a wide variety of molecules by stimulating the PPARγ receptor, which tells your DNA to change which genes it expresses. CBD’s therapeutic potential for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis have been linked to the PPARγ receptor — which simultaneously reduces production of inflammatory molecules while increasing production of antioxidants.

These and more reasons are why so many people are incorporating CBD products into their anti-inflammatory routine.

CBD is an excellent supplement to your anti-inflammatory routine, but it will work best when combined with a holistic fight against inflammation. Other scientifically-backed ways to control inflammation include: 

  • Vegetable- and whole grain-centered diets like the Mediterranean diet
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (especially EPA and DHA, which you can get from either fish or algae)
  • Low-impact exercise (like yoga)

Remember, one of the best ways to fight chronic inflammation is to first identify the hidden sources of inflammation in your life — because simple changes to your routine could have a major impact on your inflammation levels.