An inflammatory reaction, whether it be to an injury or disease, is the body’s way to heal itself. Swelling, for example, is a part of the inflammatory process that brings white blood cells to the area to start repairing. Heat is also a natural part of inflammation and occurs when small blood vessels enlarge to bring additional healing factors to the area.
Often, inflammation is acute and lasts only a few days. Examples include twisting your ankle or developing a sore throat. The body often repairs itself, and inflammation resides. However, inflammation can become chronic. Though inflammation is our natural defense mechanism to trigger our healing processes of the body, when it does not subside or takes longer than normal to subside, chronic inflammation can increase our risk of various diseases.
High levels of inflammatory markers are often found in individuals with chronic disease. From disease to hypersensitivity, chronic inflammation has many causes and can be worsened by our daily habits. Anything from poor diet to sleep problems can further exacerbate inflammation and create a host of negative symptoms.
Aside from proper sleep, eating well, and exercising, many people are seeking out natural anti-inflammatories to further promote whole-body wellness. CBD, or cannabidiol, has become a key product for many, but why?
CBD is just one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It has been touted for a variety of health issues, but the main area of research for CBD is regarding its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD can reduce inflammation by affecting the activity in our body’s endocannabinoid receptors.
Research is still in its early stages, but CBD is showing promising results as a natural treatment to combat inflammation. And when our body has less inflammation, there are a host of benefits including improved energy levels and physical relief. CBD is generally recognized as safe, however, due to possible drug interactions, always talk to your doctor before trying CBD.