As many new claims and potential applications regarding the industrial hemp plant and its derivatives come to the surface, many have been wondering, “Is CBD an anti-inflammatory?”. Inflammation has long been heralded as being the source of innumerable health-related issues. For the most part, we have relied on prescription drugs or over-the-counter pain medications as treatment. But, could CBD be a better option for those dealing with inflammation?
How Does CBD Lower Inflammation?
CBD has been shown to potentially help with both chronic and acute inflammation. This is important to its health benefits, as inflammation is very common in many illnesses and conditions. It is believed that many of the acids and enzymes present in CBD work together through the body’s endocannabinoid system(ECS) to help reduce inflammation. It’s a complicated process, but to put it simply, many mechanisms within the CBD compound demonstrate an ability to streamline better communication between signals. One of these mechanisms is the blockage of pro-inflammatory compounds that occur after an injury, or with an illness.
I Already Use Ibuprofen. Is CBD an NSAID?
Industrial hemp plants used to make CBD products may serve a similar purpose, but they are not NSAIDs. They both block the same inflammation-causing enzyme, COX-2. However, NSAIDs also block the enzyme COX-1, which actually protects the lining of your stomach and intestines.
NSAIDs are also linked to many different side effects and complications. Some like headaches and dizziness are not so severe. However, there are many others that create serious health problems, including gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, heart failure, stroke, and problems with the liver and kidneys.
How CBD Potentially Lowers Inflammation and Other Natural Remedies
CBD mimics the enzyme blocking capabilities of NSAIDS, as mentioned above. There are also other naturally-based treatments, such as White Willow Bark and Curcumin, that have been shown to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
White Willow Bark works a bit like aspirin (a kind of NSAID) in the human body. White Willow Bark blocks the same enzymes as NSAIDS and CBD to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. However, curcumin works by blocking NF-kB, a molecule that enters your cells and “turns on” inflammation-causing genes.
What to Know About CBD Dosage for Inflammation
Though studies have shown that CBD is a relatively safe treatment, there is not a single, universal dosage that is recommended. Different people respond to different dosages, but most human studies suggest that dosages between 20 and 1,500 milligrams per day can be effective. Factors that you should consider when determining your dosage are weight, body chemistry, the condition that you are treating, and the concentration of CBD in your consumption method. As always, it is best to talk to your doctor before starting any new treatments.
What is the Best CBD for Inflammation?
There are many applications for CBD products that work in tandem with their potential anti-inflammatory properties. For example, those with sleep troubles can try RSHO’s Sleep Support supplement. It is made with CBD oil, melatonin, vitamin E, and chamomile to help with relaxation and sleep.
RSHO also makes an immune support supplement that includes full-spectrum CBD oil, vitamins D3 and E, turmeric, and Alpha-humulene (both of which help with inflammation). This all-natural supplement helps your immune health while fighting off inflammation.
RSHO’s Pro Blue Label Capsules are gel-caps made with 25 mg of full-spectrum CBD and MCT oils that help your body to absorb both White Willow Bark Powder and Turmeric Root Powder. These anti-inflammatory herbs work together to promote homeostasis within the body and reduce inflammation and pain. In addition, these gel caps make it easy to take your pre-measured dose of daily CBD.