Cannabis and You: Inflammation

Cannabis for Conditions: How CBD Works to Fight Inflammation

Inflammation involves the normal response of the body to repair cells damaged by injury, infection, or an allergic reaction. This healthy type of inflammation, also referred to as acute inflammation usually covers a localized area. The symptoms of acute inflammation may cause discomfort but generally are not life-threatening. The type of inflammation associated with autoimmune and other  diseases falls under the category of chronic inflammation.

Treating pain caused by inflammation:

Using pain relievers such as ibuprofen does not generally present a problem when used to relieve acute or localized pain and inflammation. However, in the case of chronic inflammation, prolonged and frequent usage of NSAIDs may lead to severe side effects, especially in older adults. Additionally, not all patients with chronic inflammation find the relief they’re looking for with NSAIDs.

Cannabis and inflammation

CBD presents another option to help with the pain of conditions caused by chronic inflammation. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating which makes it ideal to use during the day. However, THC also contains essential healing properties, and often cannabis needs to contain both CBD and THC for maximum medicinal effects. This is often referred to as the entourage effect.

Cannabis topicals may also be applied to inflamed joints or sore muscles without having to worry about any mind altering effects. This can be a great option for patients who aren’t able to use other consumption methods like vaping or smoking. Topicals will be available in Canada later this year when edibles and other products hit the market. However, they are quite easy tomake at home. There are evenproducts on the market that are premade without cannabis which patients then add their own cannabis oil to.

How CBD works with the body to alleviate inflammation:

All animals, including humans, have an endocannabinoid system; often referred to as an ECS. The ECS works at the cellular level to achieve balance or homeostasis. The process involves stimulating C1 and C2 receptors in the body and targeting the areas and systems that need attention. However, the ECS may suffer compromise due to autoimmune diseases, aging, or lifestyle choices. Cannabis offers assistance to a sluggish ECS.