Odds are you’ve heard of CBD, or more formally, cannabinoid. CBD is the latest buzz word in the medical community, making waves as more and more conditions are revealed that CBD can treat. With every new study that’s published, touting CBD oils and its medical benefits, CBD use grows in popularity.
Herbal Pharm Rx, a leader in CBD oil-based products, continues to offer CBD oil tinctures, tablets, balms, and gummies. In this blog post, we’ll investigate the specifics on how CBD can help inflammation. Contact us today for more information.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD AND THC?
Before we dive into how CBD can help with inflammation and all the conditions inflammation causes, let’s examine what exactly is CBD and what’s the difference between CBD and THC.
Both CBD and THC are called cannabinoids and both are derived from the hemp plant. Both work similarly in the fact they bind to receptors in your brain and body and cause changes. Here, the similarities end. THC and CBD have opposite effects on your body. Think of it this way: THC is the party-goer and CBD is the designated driver. THC has a good time; CBD keep you healthy. THC and CBD stimulate different receptors in the brain and CBD blocks the receptors THC binds, effectively countering their effects.
Because these receptors, called the endocannabinoid system, are located all throughout the body, including the brain, immune system, spleen, GI tract, liver, pancreas, stomach, skeletal muscles, and even fat tissue, it’s clear the possibilities and conditions CBD may treat since it affects all of those systems, including inflammation.
CAUSES OF INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY
We often think of inflammation as bad. When something is inflamed, it usually hurts. However, the body just doesn’t hurt for pain’s sake. Hurt is a sign your body sends to your brain to alert it to something wrong with your body. It’s to grab your attention.
Inflammation is also the body’s response to injury. It alerts the immune system (specifically white blood cells) to kick in and defend itself against foreign bodies such as viruses and bacteria. Inflammation also is involved in the healing process as it works to help repair damaged tissue. However, inflammation also plays a role in some chronic diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Grave’s disease (autoimmune diseases). This is where the negative connotation of inflammation comes from.
Sometimes the immune system triggers inflammation when there is actually no foreign bodies to fight. In this case, with nothing to fight, the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues, thinking they are damaged when they are, in fact, healthy. Arthritis, the general term for inflammation around the joints, is one of these conditions misguided inflammation causes. Some other common joint issues that may or may not be caused by inflammation include osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, muscular low back pain, and muscular neck pain.
White blood cells release chemicals to fight off the supposed attacker. These chemicals signal an increased blood flow to the area that often causes redness and warmth we associate with inflammation. It is these same chemicals that cause swelling as well as infect the surrounding tissues. Our nerves are affected, causing us pain. Inflammation can affect organs, including the heart, lung, and kidneys, which we would probably not even notice.
COMMON SIGNS OF INFLAMMATION
- Swollen joints that are often warm to the touch
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of joint function
- Fatigue/loss of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle stiffness
COMMON TREATMENTS FOR INFLAMMATION
- Surgery (depending on the condition)
COMMON MEDICATIONS FOR INFLAMMATION
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen)
- Corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
- Antimalarial medications (such as hydroxychloroquine)
- Other oral drugs known as DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), including methotrexate, sulfasalazine, leflunomide, azathioprine, and cyclophosphamide
- Biologic drugs such as infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, certolizumab, golimumab, abatacept, tocilizumab, and rituximab
- CBD oils
HOW CBD TREATS INFLAMMATION
In a nutshell, CBD affects the endocannabinoid system, binding to the receptors present in the body, including the immune system. CB2, one of the cannabinoid receptors, is primarily found on the cells of the immune system, suggesting that cannabinoids play an important role in the regulation of the immune system. The use of CBD can possibly correct these incorrect signals that are being sent by the immune system when you don’t have foreign bodies present or an injury, which can relieve the symptoms of inflammation and can possibly eliminate inflammation all together. CBD oils themselves may be responsible for the correction, or CBD may cause the body itself to produce natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors. Either way, scientists think CBD affects the way that these receptors respond to the signals that they receive, possibly helping reduce inflammation and pain.
CBD is an entirely different compound from THC, and its effects are very complex. However, it does not get a person high or influence the functioning of your mental capacity. CBD affects the body and namely the endocannabinoids specifically. This is because CBD is thought to activate or inhibit other compounds that cause pain, inflammation, and other conditions.
Studies are ongoing as more and more doctors are realizing the potential CBD has for many medical conditions. However, CBD oil should be considered as a possible treatment for inflammation. With minimal side effects (tiredness, irritability, and nausea have been reported), CBD oil can help.
For multiple sclerosis patients, muscle spasms are one of the symptoms caused by this autoimmune disease. These muscle spasms can cause constant pain. CBD oil can reduce the spasms.
Herbal Pharm Rx exists to help people feel better. We believe in the power of CBD to influence your immune system and relieve the symptoms caused by inflammation, so you can lead a pain-free, quality life. We offer a variety of CBD tinctures, CBD oils, gummies, and capsules. We also offer a CBD balm, which is particularly helpful for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Visit Herbal Pharm Rx online today for all of our CBD products!