CBD for Inflammation

Inflammation is a serious health concern that can cause a multitude of problems and reduce your quality of life. When you hear inflammation, your first thought may be about arthritis; however, it can be caused and cause a variety of other severe health conditions and diseases.

Over the years, doctors and scientists have studied chronic inflammation, how our bodies respond to it, and what causes it. They’ve even found that certain environmental factors, pollution, and stress can cause inflammation. 

So, just what is inflammation? When your body is experiencing an injury, illness, disease, or infection, inflammation is its way of protecting itself. Consider what happens when you sprain your ankle - it becomes red and swollen; this is because your body sends extra blood flow and immune cells to the affected area to deal with the problem and generate new cells. 

The problem is that this process can sometimes destroy healthy tissue. Also, sometimes your body isn’t sure when to stop the inflammatory process, due to underlying conditions or disease or outside environmental factors - this is called chronic inflammation.

The effects of chronic inflammation on your health are still being studied; however, it is being shown to dramatically and negatively affect overall health. Some conditions that inflammation is being tied to, either as a cause or effect, are:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

What Studies are Showing

CBD and its effectiveness in battling inflammation are still being studied. That being said, some completed studies show a potential for positive effects from use. In one of these studies, the European Journal of Pain published a study suggesting that CBD applied directly to the skin could help lower the effects of arthritis and inflammation. The study was conducted using animals. It is further thought, based on alternative rodent studies, that CBD can help reduce inflammation due to its perceived ability to reduce the body’s production of tumor necrosis factor (TNFa).

Should I Take CBD for My Inflammation?

Reports from CBD users all over the world indicate CBD is helping them combat chronic inflammation, and studies are pointing towards effective use. Along with exercise and a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish), CBD oil has the potential to assist in treating your condition. That being said, your decision to incorporate CBD into your health regiment is something you should discuss with your physician first. This is primarily because the source of your inflammation needs to be identified, and you should be on a monitored treatment plan with your physician.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Due to users responding differently to CBD, and because the inflammation condition being treated varies, there is no set standard for how much to take. It is recommended that you start your treatment with the lowest dose, between 5-10 mg, and work your way up from there as needed. Some users have reported taking about 50-100 mg per day, depending on the severity of inflammation.  Depending on the type of inflammation you're experiencing, and its location, you may also consider a CBD topical cream.

While rare, there is a possibility you can experience certain side effects from taking CBD, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Diarrhea

If you’re planning on adding CBD into your inflammation treatment regiment, please involve your physician in your decision. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without discussing it with your physician.