CBD For Pain Relief
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 chemical compounds derived from the cannabis, or marijuana, plant with the distinction that it does not contain any of the psychoactive properties of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the mind-altering substance which gives rise to the “high” sensation. Hence CBD has become an internationally accepted natural alternative to regular pharmaceutical products regularly used to treat a number of conditions ranging from epilepsy to pain relief and many other common ailments, without the risk of the mind-altering effect of cannabis.
One of the most beneficial effects of CBD is chronic pain relief and it can be taken in a number of ways, from inhalation of the vapour, as an aerosol spray into the cheeks, or by mouth. As far back as 3,000 years BC, marijuana has been used as a source of pain relief – with the concomitant mind altering experience – but only in recent times have scientists removed THC without affecting the beneficial properties of CBD.
The pain-relieving effects of CBD are a result of cannabidiol reacting with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a neurotransmitter – which regulates a number of our functions such as sleep, appetite, immune system response as well as pain. CBD reacts with the neurotransmitters by reducing inflammation after impacting on endocannabinoid receptor activity (see https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-oil-for-pain).
A combination of CBD and THC has been successful in treating multiple sclerosis and arthritis. An oral spray, Savitex, has been approved in a number of countries for the relief of pain in multiple sclerosis with much success experienced by those who have made use of it.
CBD products might be able to offer relief for many people who have chronic pain, all without causing intoxication and dependence.
CBD For Inflammation
Whether it’s coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, or even Alzheimer’s disease, current medical literature reveals the powerful role that inflammation plays in these and other common conditions.
The main issue with higher levels of inflammation is that it manifests as damage to tissue as it increases the production of damaging free radicals which is called oxidative stress. When oxidative stress is running rampant, damage occurs to our proteins, fat, and even our DNA.
Over the years there has been extensive research looking at how increasing the availability of antioxidants might help to protect our bodies against these damaging free radicals. But recognizing that the upstream instigator of this problem is inflammation, allows us to redirect our targeting in order to protect our body’s tissues.
Research now demonstrates that cannabidiol (CBD) has significant potential in terms of limiting inflammation and downstream effects in terms of free radicals as well.
In research published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, scientists at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre described not only the complexities and challenges posed by trying to specifically target oxidative stress in a variety of disease states, but also the potential benefits of using CBD to accomplish this goal.
Recently, research has demonstrated that CBD has wide ranging activity in terms of reducing inflammation and the damaging effects of free radicals. Specifically, CBD modulates the function of the immune system. Research would indicate that overall, the effects of this modulation seem to be quite positive.
In conclusion, the research in terms of medical application of CBD is expanding dramatically. As a natural, plant derived anti-inflammatory, CBD joins other familiar players in this arena like turmeric, which is derived from cur-cumin, as well as ginger and many others.