The human body activates the immune system to temporarily protect you from external threats by inducing inflammation, but chronic inflammation leads to hazardous health effects.
The most popular compound in cannabis is THC. Recreational users enjoy the psychoactive effects that THC provides such as euphoria, visuals, excessive giggling, etc. But many people still lack knowledge surrounding the other active compounds that provide a wide variety of health benefits. Specifically, the reduction of chronic inflammation.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has a much less notable effect on your mind than THC, but that does not mean that it couldn’t be just as useful. CBD is a extremely powerful compound shown to reduce anxiety, fight cancer, produce antipsychotic effects, relieve nausea, and much more. It also has been shown through multiple CBD studies that it is also extremely effective in reducing inflammation.
Inflammation is just apart of being alive. It is a part of our immune system that our body activates to protect itself from foreign substances. Temporary inflammation is necessary in the event of an injury so your body has enough time to properly heal. The problem arises when we face constant inflammation like when dealing with outside threats such as stress, infection, or toxic chemicals on a daily basis. It usually leads to problems throughout your entire body and overall hazardous to your health.
This is where the magical plant, cannabis, comes in handy. Luckily, despite the resistance from the federal government, scientists are finding new ways to introduce CBD into our everyday lifestyles. From specific high CBD strains, to edibles, to topical ointments, there are an ever-growing number of ways to get CBD into your system. Anyone that is struggling with muscle stiffness or joint pain should definitely give CBD a chance. A couple drops of hemp oil at the beginning of the day can keep you relaxed and free of back pain.
The best part of it all? There are no side effects. Most people head straight for the bottle of Aspirin or Ibuprofen and these NSAIDs will definitely cause long-term health issues. Long-term you face increased risk of heart failure, internal bleeding from stomach damage, and the chance of kidney failure. That is not the extremely long list of common side effects like constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, heartburn, and many more. Oh, did I also mention that there are over 16,000 deaths per year due to NSAID-induced stomach bleeding? With CBD-based medicines, you can take as much or as little as needed.
How CBD works on inflammation
CBD is a cannabinoid. We have internal cannabinoid receivers throughout our body that make up the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It is a completely natural system that helps regulate and use cannabinoids produced by our own body, as needed. Our ECS helps keep balance throughout our body. It plays a huge role on our immune system and plays a big part in making us feel happy and healthy.
An inflamed body can leave you feeling thrown out of this balance while hindering your overall day-to-day performance. When you introduce CBD from out external source, the body does not have to work as hard when dealing with inflammation. It’s basically like adding superstar players to our home team. This extra boost helps us manage pain and handle the many things in our lives that cause discomfort from inflammation.
This is the reason why cannabis is not only a viable option, but also strongly preferred among many people who deal with chronic pain and inflammation such as arthritis, joint pain, chronic back pain, and many other issues.
Cannabis as a tool
Cannabis has most likely been around longer than we have. It has grown and has strangly evolved to work with our bodies and mind. For at least 10,000 years, this plant has been used for a wide variety of applications. History has shown it was used in spiritual practices, medicinal uses, clothes, and a ton of other things. America’s Declaration of Independence was written on paper made using the hemp fibers from the cannabis plant.
We cannot ignore the historical use of this plant. We live in a day and age where everyone is pushing organic and natural. Why are we still shoveling pills down people’s throats? Every medication comes with some scary side effects and the list of these can be frightening. Yet, we continue to fill our prescriptions and throw caution to the wind. One day, the stigma surrounding cannabis will deteriorate and we will be open to the glorious benefits of cannabis and be overall healthier as a society.