A Look At The Research
We’ve all had some kind of inflammation at some point. It might be inflammation around a nasty insect bite, or inflammation after a sprained ankle. Or, it might be more long-term, like arthritis.
But what exactly is it, and what does the research tell us about using CBD for inflammation?
Let’s dive in.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the process where your body’s white blood cells and the things they make protect you from infection from outside invaders, like viruses and bacteria. This raises the blood flow to the area of injury or infection. Some of the chemicals cause fluid to leak into your tissues, which causes swelling.
Yes, in this case, inflammation is good. It helps with natural healing. It’s the same when you hurt yourself – that inflammation is just part of the healing process. It usually goes away within a few hours, or a few days.
But other types of inflammation are not good.
With long-term inflammation, like arthritis, your immune system sends out signals that trigger inflammation when there are no invaders to fight off. In this case, your immune system acts as if regular tissues are infected or somehow unusual, causing damage.
Higher numbers of white blood cells and the things they make inside your joints cause irritation, swelling of the joint lining, and loss of cartilage over time, causing issues like arthritis.
Unlike acute inflammation that goes away fairly quickly, chronic inflammation can last months or years, even after the first trigger is gone. Conditions linked to chronic inflammation include:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
Common symptoms of inflammation include:
- Warmth at the site of the inflammation
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, fatigue, headaches, loss of appetite)
- Aches and pain
Can CBD help?
CBD For Inflammation