Information about Chronic Inflammation:
Chronic inflammation and their diseases have been increasing over the last fifty years for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, this means an increase in a number of related diseases, many significantly impacting a person’s quality of life.
Chronic inflammation is usually treated with short-term anti-inflammatory medications and long-term lifestyle changes. For some people, these steps are not enough to provide lasting relief. For those relying on medications, the side effects are sometimes not worth the risk.
The cannabinoids in marijuana have proven anti-inflammatory properties. When taken as CBD oil, patients can receive relief without dangerous side effects. This article explains chronic inflammation and how CBD oil can help reduce it.
This video partly explains how CBD oil helps to mediate inflammatory markers:
What is Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation is a natural response – it’s the body’s way of protecting us from dangerous stimuli. When confronted with bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and other irritants, our body tissue responds by sending white blood cells into the blood and to the harmed area.
Unfortunately, if parts of the body are chronically inflamed, normal body tissue often ends getting damaged during the healing process. Chronic inflammation is now associated with various common diseases, and researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the way in which this condition can dangerously impair the body.
What Causes Chronic Inflammation
To understand the cause of chronic inflammation, you must first know the difference between acute inflammation and chronic inflammation.
Acute Inflammation is part of an immune response that occurs immediately after body tissue is injured. To repair the damage, the body will increase blood flow to the area in danger, and send specific cells aimed to initiate the healing process. Acute inflammation is normally short-term, does only limited damage to body tissue, and is considered an essential function of the immune system.
Chronic Inflammation occurs when this immune response is prolonged over time and begins to become self-injurious. Cells sent by the body to heal eventually begin to destroy regular tissue. This can be caused by the following most common factors:
- An injury or infection that is persistent or recurring in the body
- Consistent exposure to an irritant
- Autoimmune Disease – a condition where the body triggers a prolonged immune response leading to the harm of normal tissue
In other words, chronic inflammation is caused when the body cannot turn off its inflammatory immune response, thus having a reverse effect and leading to a number of associated risks and diseases including the following:
- Autoimmune disease
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Pulmonary Conditions
- Neurological Diseases
One way to prevent chronic inflammation is to make sure that you aren’t putting your body in an inflammatory state. This can be done by maintaining a healthy body weight, eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising.
Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation
During a short inflammatory response, one might experience redness, swelling, soreness, or dull pain in the area harmed. When inflammation shifts from acute to chronic, the response is usually more subtle, maintaining a more constant, yet lower level immune reaction. This is part of the danger of chronic inflammation—symptoms may not be as obvious as the internal destruction being done to one’s body. Many people will not know that they have chronic inflammation until diagnosed with one of the associated conditions or diseases.
Some of the subtle symptoms of chronic inflammation include:
- Constant fatigue
- Ongoing pain
- High blood pressure
- Digestive issues
- Skin problems
Current treatments for Chronic Inflammation
Treatment for chronic inflammation varies, based on the cause and severity of inflammation incurring within the body. Treatment styles can be broken down into three categories: medicinal, lifestyle, and integrative.
There are various anti-inflammatory drugs that one can take. One popular choice to reduce inflammation is taking ibuprofen and aspirin. Unfortunately, there are serious risks associated with taking these drugs long term, including the development of ulcers, hemorrhage, kidney damage, and others. Additionally, Pentoxifylline and Metformin can help chronic inflammation; but both medicines are also fraught with risky side effects.
One way to address chronic inflammation is to alter one’s lifestyle and/or diet to prevent further exacerbation, and hopefully, create a less hostile state. Examples include increasing daily exercise and staying clear of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugars. While this treatment may be helpful, lifestyle changes are often difficult to maintain and do not sufficiently reduce inflammation.
Ingesting fish oil, curcumin, turmeric, green tea, magnesium, or ginger, are just a few of the natural options said to help reduce inflammation in the body. These and various others are said to have medicinal properties that can help to de-escalate chronic inflammation. One plant that researchers are now looking to for its medicinal effects on inflammation is Cannabis.
CBD and Chronic Inflammation
As the integrative approach to chronic inflammation becomes more widely acknowledged, research on how cannabis, or marijuana, might be able to play a role in the lives of patients suffering from chronic inflammation is also being done.
Marijuana is known to have various therapeutic effects, and certain strains are now said to have anti-inflammatory properties that can offer a natural way to combat chronic inflammation. Additionally, scientists are looking to specific cannabinoids, the active ingredients in marijuana that are responsible for the positive medicinal effects, for possible treatments. Included in this group is CBD, or cannabidiol, known for its healing properties, and non-psychoactive effect.
Medical Research on Medical Marijuana and Chronic Inflammation
Chronic inflammation has significant in involvement in some of the most common diseases in the world, which is why so many studies are conducted on it. According to a 2017 article, the endocannabinoid system has a strong influence on immune functions, and because of this, it can manage inflammation, antipathogen immune responses, and autoimmunity. This understanding of the endocannabinoid system has sparked many studies about the possible healing effects of using marijuana for inflammation. In the article, it outlines recent discoveries on cannabis and inflammation and discusses the benefits of focusing on cannabinoid signaling. Ultimately, it helps people understand the influences cannabis has on the immune system.
Researchers in another study realized that cannabinoid receptors play a considerable role in the intestinal tract by affecting things like secretion and motility. If cannabinoid receptor 1 were to become inoperable, cancer and inflammation could develop in the intestines. Medical researchers believe that by using specific drugs that increase endocannabinoid levels, this can help avoid the hallucinatory effects of cannabis, therefore allowing its use in therapeutic treatment of intestinal inflammation.
Another study, published by the U.S. National Institute of Health states that “Cannabinoids apparently act on inflammation through mechanisms different from those of agents such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)… Their clinical development thus provides a new approach to the treatment of diseases characterized by acute and chronic inflammation and fibrosis.” The study found cannabis to be highly effective in treating chronic inflammation.
National Geographic highlighted another study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that discussed the use of cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory agents. It discussed, “CB2 receptors,” which are receptors found in body tissue, and whose purpose is to stop or slow inflammation.
The study showed that THC, as well as other cannabinoids, activate this specific receptor, which led to an anti-inflammatory response in the mice used for the study. The study states that the process of “targeting the CB2 receptor could be a therapeutic strategy to prevent or treat diseases like Crohn’s disease [inflammation of the intestinal tract], liver cirrhosis, osteoarthritis, and atherosclerosis.”
Medical Research on CBD and Chronic Inflammation
Various cannabinoids have been studied for their effect on inflammation. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the promising ones. There are many studies on CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, and how they contribute to reducing the impact of chronic disease.
A study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology looked at how CBD interacted receptors in the body related to the process of inflammation. The study was successful and stated, “Cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic cannabinoid component of marijuana (Cannabis sativa), has potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties.”
We now understand that CBD can reduce inflammation, thus relieving patients who suffer from chronic inflammation of symptoms. It also improves the body’s ability to stop a prolonged immune response from damaging healthy body tissue.
Not only is CBD amazing for humans but it works miracles for pets as well.
CBD vs. THC
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, chemical compounds that interact with receptors in our brain and body to produce a variety of responses ranging from pain relief to the feeling of being “high.”
There are about 85 types of cannabinoids, but THC and CBD are certainly the most talked about. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is known for its psychoactive effect; However, it can be used for the management of pain, nausea, and appetite, among others. CBD does not have psychoactive effects, and also has numerous medical applications, while simultaneously uplifting one’s mood.
How to Take Medical Marijuana for Chronic Inflammation
There are various ways to absorb the healing effects of marijuana and find relief for chronic inflammation. For the fastest relief, patients often smoke or vaporize it.
To smoke marijuana, heat up the flower and inhales the smoke, which is then absorbed by the lungs. Vaporization is usually the most popular way to receive quick relief, and, unlike smoking marijuana, does not heat the flower hot enough to threaten the medicinal effects of the plant. Instead, vaporizing heats the flower or oil to a lower temperature, releasing a therapeutic vapor that is inhaled.
Patients may also ingest the medicine by taking marijuana pills, tinctures, or edibles. Naturally, this is easier on the lungs and very simple to take. Each of these products are made from cannabis oil.
CBD Oil for Chronic Inflammation
Given the risks associated with chronic inflammation, managing inflammation within the body can prevent the development of serious health conditions. CBD oil has the power to slow an inflammatory response that is no longer adequately controlled by the body.
Using CBD oil can bring the body back to a lower state of inflammation, thus helping to prevent the destruction of vital body tissue and the initiation of disease.
Growing Your Own Chronic Inflammation Medication
Sufficient research shows that marijuana has the power to reduce chronic inflammation as well as treat the pain associated with this condition. By using strains high in anti-inflammatory cannabinoids, patients can alleviate symptoms and initiate a more effective healing environment within the body.
Using cannabis is a natural way in which to sidestep potentially harmful medications, while still absorbing the anti-inflammatory properties of a drug. By growing specific strains of marijuana plants high in CBD, one can grow their own treatment for chronic inflammation. The best strains for chronic inflammation include: Blueberry, Chocolope and Gold Leaf. Order your seeds today and grow some relief.
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