Here is a Brief guide
We have all experienced inflammation in some point of our lives. It includes a warm feeling in a very specific part of our body, usually colored in red, and a feeling of burning pain. Though it can be quite an annoyance and last for days, it also means our immune system is doing its job right.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a defense mechanism in the body. It is triggered when the immune system recognizes damaged cells, as well as pathogens that might be caused by an infection. During the process of inflammation, antibodies and proteins are released and blood flow to the damaged area increases. In the case of chronic pain, the body remains in a constant state of alert, which might harm tissues and organs, and even lead to conditions like asthma and cancer.
An inflammatory response is mostly triggered because of untreated infection or injury. It may also be triggered because of long-term exposure to irritants or pollution. Risk factors that increase the chances of the inflammatory response are smoking, obesity, alcohol, and chronic stress. A person might also experience inflammation due to a sports injury.
What If It Doesn’t Go Away?
Inflammation, just like any other system in the body, might sometimes dysfunction. In autoimmune diseases like Arthritis, an inflammatory response is triggered although there is no infection to fight off. In fact, the body responds to its normal tissues as if they were infected, causing damage and pain.
When inflammation lasts more than a few days, it becomes chronic. In that case, it is recommended to see a doctor as soon as possible. Common forms of treatment include:
Certain types of food and spices, like fish oil, ginger, garlic, and curcumin, may decrease inflammation associated with diseases like cancer. It is also recommended to avoid foods that increase inflammation, such as fried food and red meat
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve) are proved helpful in dealing with pain. Please note that long-term use is linked to several conditions, including kidney disease.
Steroids, and particularly corticosteroids (a steroid hormone), decrease inflammation and suppress the immune system anti-inflammatory properties
Another possible treatment in the pain caused by inflammation is CBD, a chemical extracted from a cannabis genus called sativa that is known for its. CBD, the non-psychotropic derivative of the plant, modulates the function of the immune system to a point of reducing inflammation and the damaging effects of free radicals.
CBD also affects the endocannabinoid system within the body to deal with the pain in an indirect way. It activates TRPV1 Receptors that regulates the control in important functions like pain perception and inflammation. CBD can also increase the amount of anandamide, the “bliss molecule,” that plays a role in the neural generation of pleasure and motivation.
One may benefit even more from the benefits of using CBD thanks to the “entourage effect”, a synergy created when CBD and THC, the active chemical in the cannabis plant, are consumed at the same time in balanced levels. CBD then modulates the overall psychoactive effects of THC, thus enabling both chemicals to co-exist in some medicinal formulations. The concept of “entourage effect” originated in the cannabis industry and is still studied for scientific validation.
What is the recommended way to consume CBD?
All CBD products are now becoming increasingly popular. As more and more countries legalize the use of CBD for medical and cosmetics purposes, there are more people who are considering the use of the chemical. Today one can consume CBD when blended or infused with menthol, capsaicin or camphor – or stick to the traditional products, in the form of oil or lotion.
However, the most common way of consuming CBD is by oil. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with some carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. To consume CBD oil, all one must do is place a few drops under the tongue, hold the oil for a minute or two and swallow. It is easy and discrete, and the CBD is absorbed directly via the bloodstream.
Another way of consuming CBD is called ‘topicals’ because it applies the chemical directly to the skin. CBD Products are available today as a cream, a moisturizer, and an ointment when the product itself also includes “classic” ingredients that are considered healthy for the skin like cacao butter, shea butter and aromatic herbs like lavender. When dealing with pain, one can apply a small amount of lotion directly to the wounded area and massage it a bit before allowing the cream to sink in.
So, What Should I Chose? Oil or Cream?
The main advantage of CBD oil is that there are so many products to choose from. Even if you are not sure what oil suits you best, there’s always an option to consult with a doctor. Plus, when consuming CBD by oil, the effect spreads throughout the entire body. It is a great way to target the source of pain, even if you are not sure where it is coming from.
On the other hand, if you prefer focusing on a certain area, CBD topicals should do just fine. In fact, because of their concentration on a certain part of the body, the effect in using topicals is much faster.
No one product that suits anyone who suffers from inflammation. However, because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, CBD may be of great assistance to deal with pain caused by an infection or a chronic condition. Before you start using, consult a health care professional and consider the effect you wish to achieve by using the chemical.