CBD And Its Role In Fighting Inflammation
We know CBD has taken social media by storm and for good reasons. Many individuals have been reaping the benefits of this wonder drug and this is actually not just a new trend. Marijuana has been used for pain management for thousands of years, but as of late, we are getting actual, concrete evidence stating that this drug can indeed fight and even possibly completely stop pain that individuals have been living with for years.
It is common for someone who is suffering from inflammation to reach for ibuprofen or aspirin for near-immediate pain relief, but these over-the-counter everyday pills aren’t necessarily ‘healing’ or ‘helping’ the issue. Rather, they are just pushing off the inevitable, and potentially, could be doing more harm than good.
Let’s dive into what inflammation actually is? As defined byLifeScience.com:
“Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system's response to injury and infection. It is the body's way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.”
The LifeScience.com article later goes on to say that:
“if the inflammatory process goes on for too long or if the inflammatory response occurs in places where it is not needed, it can become problematic.”
This is where and when inflammation transitions from a positive thing (helping to heal the body naturally) to a negative.
With saying this, this is where and when the pain and discomfort become relevant. So how can CBD help with this?
CBD and its rapid popularity growth have a lot to do with its inflammation-fighting properties.Healthline.com has stated that,
“The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.
The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.”
In simpler terms, CBD has the potential to battle inflammation and pain management naturally.
Is CBD Addictive, does it make me high?
In short, the answer is no! From an article published by WeedMaps.com:
“At the molecular level, CBD is neither addictive nor does it produce the so-called stoned effect that THC does.”
The cannabis plant contains many components, but the two that have taken the main stage have been CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive component that provides the ‘high’ and can make you raid the fridge while wanted to not leave the couch. Taken from a Healthline.com article, CBD on the other hand:
“It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm.”
How Is CBD Being Accepted?
With more and more positive news being revealed with what seems daily about CBD, it has even gotten the attention of professional sports leagues, like Major League Baseball (MLB), that in late 2019 they made some serious changes on how they would handle the use of CBD. An ABC.com publication stated that:
"Natural cannabinoids (e.g., THC, CBD, and Marijuana) will be removed from the Program's list of Drugs of Abuse."
The same ABC.com article then went on to say that they will more or less treat CBD (and even THC), in a similar manner as to how they would treat alcohol abuse. Although they have not completely allowed it; this is more than a giant step in the right direction.
The MLB also went as far as to add that they will begin testing for the presence of opioid medications, that are regularly prescribed to conquer pain management but are also can harmfully addictive and also includes many side effects.
With saying this, there has to be a reason for this change and if professional sports leagues (where inflammation and pain management are an everyday issue) are taking notice, then maybe there is something here. Professional athletes need their bodies working as effectively as they can as their careers rely on it and they are always looking for the latest advantage when it comes to recovery. CBD could very well tick many of the boxes, if not all of them.
You could be someone who has been battling the discomforts and frustrations of inflammation for years. You may have tried various prescriptions and other ‘trendy’ gimmicks that have guaranteed results, but the only results you found were more frustrations and an empty wallet. Why not try something that is very close to its natural form and has helped many people already control or even completely eliminate their inflammation issues?
Imagine being able to ditch your expensive prescription medications that at times feel they are doing more harm (with their side effects) than good to be able to eat, vape or to take a simple oil drop under your tongue. This is happening more often then we can imagine and many people have already made the switch with great results. We have now seen professional sports leagues (MLB) make changes to their banned substances lists and changes like is a step in the right direction.
There are many proven benefits that are now being taken quite seriously, that CBD provides, from controlling anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and even now oral care (like CBD toothpaste). Instead of just sitting on the outside looking in, maybe it is time to make the change, or, at least try what all this hype is about. Who knows, it may just help control that inflammation issue you have been dealing with for years!