The legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill has opened the doors for researchers to study CBD and its anti-inflammatory properties. And there is a growing number of studies that support the effectiveness of CBD for countering chronic inflammation in the body. In fact, one of the earliest studies suggesting CBD may be a novel anti-inflammatory drug was published in 2009. This study focused on how cannabinoids exert anti-inflammatory properties by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Both these receptors play a crucial role in regulating the immune system. CBD may be a potential treatment for inflammatory disorders.
- A 2015 study reviewed the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. The study found that CBD may be a potential treatment for many conditions that cause inflammation in the body.
- A year later, a 2016 study investigated CBD as a potential treatment for early pancreatic inflammation. The experimental treatment reduced inflammation in mice.
- Moreover, a 2017 review study showed that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may help treat a range of other medical conditions like multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular diseases.
- Another 2017 study found that CBD inhibits inflammation and in turn, is effective in preventing osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy.
- A more recent study published in 2020 focused on the role of CBD in regulating oxidative stress, which is one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation. The researchers concluded that CBD shows promise as a treatment for oxidative stress and inflammation caused by it.
- And even more recently, a 2021 study provided evidence that CBD has anti-inflammatory applications which may help treat diseases characterized by airway inflammation.
Most of the above studies also highlight CBD’s lack of psychotropic effects, enhancing its medicinal applications and giving it an advantage over other psychoactive cannabinoids like THC.
HOW TO BENEFIT FROM CBD’S ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
A wide range of CBD products may help you benefit from the inherent anti-inflammatory properties the cannabinoid has to offer. The most popular forms of CBD are Tincture Oils, Gummies, and an assortment of topicals that you can take. You can choose the type of CBD product that best fits your needs and everyday routines. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of the CBD product you choose:
- Begin with a small dose, then gradually increase until you reach your desired effects.
- Take CBD consistently – it can take a couple weeks of regular use before you achieve the results you want.
- If you’re using a CBD Tincture Oil, drop the oil under your tongue and hold it there for at least 30 seconds before swallowing – this will help the CBD enter your bloodstream faster.
No matter what CBD consumption method you choose, it’s essential to only purchase these products from brands that offer the highest possible quality CBD. It’s important to note that CBD is NOT made equally.
As the demand for CBD products grow, many brands are flooding the market with their sub-par products. Before settling for any brand, be sure to do your research behind the company. Check out their website and try to look for where exactly they source their hemp from. Typically, you’d want to look for a brand that cultivates their hemp from American farms. From there, any reputable brand should also be extracting and manufacturing the finished products in a GMP and ISO-certified facility. Lastly, you should be able to find or easily request the third-party lab reports that detail exactly what’s in the products.
On these lab reports, you should generally see a CBD concentration that is no more than 20% above or below the advertised amount on the packaging, less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC (if it is a full spectrum CBD product), and absolutely zero pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents – all of which should NEVER be in measured amounts as mandated by most cannabis safety regulations.
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