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CBD Guy CBD and Chronic Inflammation

CBD and Chronic Inflammation

Part of our body’s infection-fighting mechanism and supporting the fight against hostile microbes and injury recovery is done by our inflammation fighting ability.

Yet there is also another type of inflammation that you should be aware of, as this type of inflammation can simmer for years without our knowledge, this is referred to as low grade chronic inflammation, and is a contributor to cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other conditions, three out of five people around the world die from a disease that has been linked to inflammation.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. And it’s rapidly becoming a popular remedy for issues such as inflammation. There’s research to suggest that CBD reduces inflammation by affecting activity in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors.

Your immune system is responsible for triggering inflammation throughout the body. Your Endocannabinoid system (a biological system which maintains a healthy state by constantly adjusting biological and physiological pathways) respond by releasing endocannabinoids called Anandamide and 2-AG. When Anandamide and 2-AG binds to the CB2 receptors located in your endocannabinoid system they assist in the balance between healthy inflammation and resolution. However, poor diet and lack of exercise as well as other factors can disrupt this balance between your Immune System and Endocannabinoids System, inhibiting your body’s own ECS to produce Anandamide and 2-AG contributing to unresolved chronic inflammation.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD doesn’t have an intoxicating effect and can help restore this balance which makes it a good choice for people who want pain relief without the “high” associated with THC.

Research on CBD is still in the early stages, and there’s a lot we don’t know yet. But what we do know so far is promising.

There’s research to suggest that CBD reduces inflammation by affecting activity in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors.

That goes for both chronic inflammation and acute inflammation. A 2009 review shows CBD may also reduce acute inflammation, which is most often the body’s reaction to an injury.

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