Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-euphoric compound extracted from low-THC hemp, commonly used to conveniently and naturally manage anxiety and pain without the side effects of feeling medicated or impaired. CBD has gained widespread popularity for enhancing mental and physical wellbeing, especially as research delves into its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
Inflammation is either acute or chronic; these two forms are starkly different. Acute inflammation is your immune system’s natural and healthy response to sickness, infection, tissue damage, and other challenging stimuli. In contrast, chronic inflammation is linked to almost every known chronic health condition and disease of aging.
As researchers continue to unlock the science of CBD, it is becoming increasingly clear why CBD is a self-care staple for athletes looking to ease post-workout soreness, executives seeking stress relief, entrepreneurs managing long hours, and even parents balancing busy schedules.
The Truth About Inflammation
Your body is a finely tuned machine programmed to manage functions that are essential to your well-being, including sleep, digestion, circulation, respiration, and metabolism. This intricate machinery has a built-in defense system, your immune system, protecting it from threats and repairing it when damaged, a process known as the inflammatory response.
When you exercise, your muscles endure microtraumas. Your body’s acute inflammatory response repairs these microtraumas, while you experience pain, stiffness, fatigue, and sometimes delayed-onset muscle soreness. Recovery is key to building muscular strength and endurance. CBD is frequently employed to speed up muscular recovery by reducing inflammation and stress, relieving pain, and enhancing sleep quality.
Acute inflammation may have perfectly served our hunter-gatherer ancestors, who were naturally active and ate organic, unprocessed food. However, modern life is rife with convenient temptations of sedentary habits and junk and refined foods. Doctors and scientists have dubbed persistently present yet hidden sources of systemic, chronic inflammation as the “silent killer” of our time.
Chronic inflammation induces oxidative stress, akin to the breakdown of an overworked machine. Pathophysiological research has found that oxidative stress can express itself as psychosomatic stress, leading to anxiety, depression, and hormonal imbalances. Furthermore, oxidative stress depletes the cellular capacity of antioxidants to repair damage.
CBD Helps Protect And Repair Cells During Inflammation
How can CBD address inflammatory symptoms?
Consider chronic intestinal inflammation, which is linked to inflammatory bowel disease, Celiac disease, gastritis, and more. Gut inflammation is also linked to leaky gut, where gaps in the tight junctions of the intestinal lining allow bacteria and undigested food to enter the bloodstream. In response to this invasion, the immune system initiates an inflammatory response by releasing cytokines.
Cytokines are either pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. Interestingly, researchers have found that “CBD reduced the production of various inflammatory cytokines and chemokines”. Through the immunomodulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines, CBD may help to alleviate the symptoms of chronic inflammation.
Clinical trials continue to explore the role of CBD in managing a wide range of conditions, including autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, degenerative nerve diseases like Parkinson's, and chronic disorders like heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease.
Research and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD may inhibit the severity of COVID-19 infections.
“Here, we report that cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits infection of SARS-CoV-2 in cells and mice. CBD and its metabolite 7-OH-CBD, but not THC or other congeneric cannabinoids tested, potently block SARS-CoV-2 replication in lung epithelial cells.” — Cannabidiol inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication through induction of the host ER stress and innate immune responses, Science.org.
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