CBD Oil for Pain and Inflammation
Managing physical discomfort and pain is essential if you want to feel your absolute best and live a healthy life. Why? Well according to the prestigious Harvard Medical School, inflammation plays a major role in almost every disease. Inflammation can also result in more frequent symptoms such as physical discomfort in the form of headaches, fatigue, gut issues, pain, and much more. Until recently, some of the most common natural ways to control inflammation were to:
• Eat plenty of greens (organic if possible)
• Exercise on a consistent basis
• Keep your gut healthy
• Detox heavy metals from your body
• Eat anti-inflammatory superfoods
But now, evidence suggests there’s an incredibly effective and natural remedy to help ease and calm discomfort: with broad spectrum and full spectrum hemp CBD oil.
Studies suggests that full spectrum hemp CBD oil contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds including cannabinoids (like CBD), terpenes, and many other beneficial phytochemicals. All of these compounds work synergistically together with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to support your body’s natural ability to heal and rebalance itself. This is called the ‘entourage effect’.
Whenever something is out of balance, full spectrum hemp CBD oil encourages your body to bring things back to normal, or homeostasis. This is why evidence suggests hemp extract can help relieve insomnia, dry skin, and alleviate stress. When inflammation gets out of control, cannabinoid rich hemp CBD oil can help your body bring it back to manageable levels. Of course, this is a simplified explanation of how this oil works. In reality, hemp CBD oil triggers a variety of complex physiological responses that occur in the body to calm discomfort. This is important because chronic inflammation is the root cause of many conditions that cause discomfort and pain.
When you experience chronic inflammation, essentially your body’s immune system is responding and reacting when it shouldn’t. This is not the same as acute inflammation, which is part of the body’s natural healing process when there is an injury (pain, swelling, redness). Chronic inflammation is not part of the body’s healing process.
The cannabinoids present in hemp, namely CBD (or cannabidiol), help support your immune system. Research on animals for example, found that CBD promotes the signaling of the “adenosine” receptor, A2A. This receptor, in turn, produces an anti-inflammatory effect as it reduces overactive immune cells. This receptor when activated can also help to reduce insomnia, depression, and pain.
Hemp CBD oil also regulates the immune system in other ways. Scientists have discovered that the CBD in hemp oil can modulate your body’s inflammatory response by inducing the apoptosis (or cell death) of unhealthy cells. As a result, it effectively suppresses cytokines and chemokines, which cause inflammation, at sites throughout the body.
That’s a lot of science, but the bottom line is that CBD can support the body’s immune response, by de-activating the immune cells that trigger inflammation. It’s also ‘adaptogenic’, which means it goes to the part of the body that needs support.
So, if you’re experiencing muscle or joint pain, it’s very possible that CBD hemp oil can provide relief by reducing the inflammation that is causing the discomfort or stiffness. CBD is by far the most researched compound that is found in full spectrum hemp oil. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only compound that provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Several other cannabinoids and “terpenes” in hemp oil also help your body to control inflammation. Terpenes are aromatic oils naturally found in plants. Much like the cannabinoids, these terpenes can help fight inflammation. One of the terpenes in hemp extract is called alpha-pinene. Research on mice suggests that the terpene alpha-pinene possesses anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it’s so effective that some scientists consider it to be a candidate for the treatment of inflammatory conditions. Broad Spectrum CBD oil has all the cannabinoids and terpenes present but only less than 0.3% THC. Full spectrum CBD oil has all the cannabinoids and terpenes present except for the THC, which is removed with high performance light chromatography.
Inflammation is involved in almost every health complication. It can range from less severe issues such as muscle tension and headaches, to more severe conditions like heart disease and arthritis.This is why keeping inflammation under control should be a top priority for most people as a preventative measure. Luckily, full spectrum CBD hemp oil is proving to be a very affordable and effective alternative to pharmaceuticals, which can be addictive and cause unwanted side effects.