Does CBD help with inflammation? What we know so far
Inflammation, or the inflammatory response, is an aspect of the body’s immune response. While short-term inflammation can be protective, chronic inflammation is linked to several diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Inflammation often goes hand in hand with pain. The most common symptoms of inflammation include pain, heat, redness, and swelling. Typically, inflammation is treated with anti-inflammatory medications, including both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid medications.
Such medications have risks and side effects, however. Some people choose to take a more preventative approach to treating inflammation, such as consuming an anti-inflammatory diet, and taking anti-inflammatory supplements. Could CBD contribute to a more natural approach to treating inflammation?
Current evidence suggests the answer may be yes, but as with many subjects in the cannabis world, more research is needed.
How does CBD reduce inflammation?
Cannabinoids, including CBD, are believed to be anti-inflammatory. Several studies in cells, rodents, and humans support the idea that CBD may be an effective anti-inflammatory, but more research is needed to determine how it works and the best applications for specific types of inflammation.
CBD also appears to affect a class of molecules important to the inflammation process called cytokines. CBD tends to reduce the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines, thereby reducing inflammation.
Human health: What do studies say?
Inflammation plays an important role in a number of diseases, including asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and a number of autoimmune conditions, as well as in other seemingly unrelated conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Could CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects be used in any of these applications?
There is some evidence supporting the idea that CBD can act as an anti-inflammatory treatment for some diseases.
A 2008 study in mice found that CBD prevented the onset of type 1 diabetes, an inflammatory autoimmune disease that attacks the beta cells of the pancreas.
Another 2013 study found that CBD protected against the harmful effects of inflammation in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis.
A 2013 review concluded that CBD was a potential candidate for an inflammatory bowel disease medication. However, a 2017 clinical trial found CBD to be safe, but ineffective for the condition. The authors said their results could “be due to the small dose of CBD, the small number of patients in the study, or the lack of the necessary synergism with other cannabinoids.”
What do experts say?
CBD is known to be an anti-inflammatory and it is likely one of the safest medicines to provide such an effect.
“One of the challenges is we don’t know what dose can alleviate what anti-inflammatory or immune-related conditions,” he continued.
Verbora is hopeful that future research might reveal a role for CBD in treating many inflammatory disorders.
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Does CBD Oil Work For Athletes To Decrease Joint Pain And Inflammation?
EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses what CBD is, how it works in the body, and if it can help athletes decrease joint pain and inflammation.
Can CBD Oil Decrease Joint Pain?
Ever wonder if CBD products can decrease joint pain and inflammation? That is what we are going to discuss today. So CBD products have been all the rage lately. You’re seeing CBD topicals pop up, CBD edibles, CBD-type products that you can inhale. But does the science support their use as it relates to joint pain and inflammation? Before we get to that, we first have to understand what CBD is and how it works in the body.
What Is CBD?
So simply put, CBD is the extract of the marijuana plant that is non-psychoactive. Where THC, on the other hand, is the extract of the marijuana plant that is psychoactive. So the point here being is by taking CBD or a CBD-type product you’re not gonna get that buzz and geeked out feeling that you would get if you were to, say, smoke some weed, which I know nothing about. So now that we know what CBD is, this is how it works in the body.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body and certain receptors within the endocannabinoid system. And more specifically, as it relates to joint pain and inflammation, CBD interacts with the vanilloid receptors and the serotonin receptors. And, basically, when it interacts with these two receptors, it blocks pain and decreases the inflammation.
Research On CBD Oil
So what does the research say about CBD-type products and joint pain and inflammation? Well, there are 4 studies that I’m aware of that has examined the use of CBD-type products, more specifically topicals and ingestibles, in osteoarthritic populations and given the CBD-type product from anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks.
Researchers have noticed that osteoarthritis has slowed down and the subjects experienced less pain and inflammation. So it appears that the CBD-type products do actually work to decrease joint pain and inflammation. But we have to take this with a little grain of salt because CBD-type products and their use really haven’t been examined in things like runners, or cyclists, or other endurance athletes.
Yeah, because, honestly, in the whole funding scheme or hierarchy, we’re really not that important compared to high-risk populations, unfortunately. Excuse me.
Should Athletes Use CBD Oil?
But we can deduct from the research done in osteoarthritic populations that, yeah, these CBD products probably will work to decrease joint pain and inflammation in more athletic populations.
So that is all I have today on CBD-type products, my endurance friends. One of my favorite ones that I have used for some recurring plantar fasciitis is a CDB topical made by a Prevail Botanicals. Really, really awesome product. So check them out if you want an alternative to slamming ibuprofen all the time.