We all know physical activity and getting outside is vital to our physical and mental well-being. However, being active can come at a price. We may experience pain or swelling after physical activity. The driving force behind pain is inflammation and this becomes increasingly so as we age. As a result, unfortunately, many people quit their active lifestyle as they age. Fortunately, quitting an active lifestyle does not have to be the answer to effectively dealing with discomfort. Current medical literature reveals the powerful role that inflammation plays in pain. CBD helps the body systematically reduce inflammation. That’s why one of the most popular uses for CBD is pain management.
So why is CBD a good anti-inflammatory?
Recently, research has demonstrated that CBD has wide-ranging activity in terms of reducing inflammation and the damaging effects of free radicals. CBD modulates the function of the immune system. Research would indicate that overall, the effects of this modulation appear to be positive. For example, CBD has been shown to be specifically effective in dealing with various types of pain. This may represent a realization of CBD working as an anti-inflammatory much like over the counter anti-inflammatory medications are used for typical aches and pains.
One of the core benefits of CBD is its promotion of homeostasis (balance) in the body, this means it situationally reduces inflammation. Where there is inflammation in the body, CBD will help regulate it. CBD does this by engaging with receptors already present in the body. Cannabinoid receptors (CB receptors) are part of the endocannabinoid system. CB receptors are involved in a variety of physiological processes, including pain sensation. When the body experiences an increase in CB receptors, it becomes more sensitive to the natural endocannabinoids of the body. This is in part how CBD helps to reduce inflammation systemically.
How can I use CBD for inflammation?
Since inflammation is involved in a large number of diseases, the therapeutic potential of CBD is enormous. Consumers can find many products that have CBD oil in them. CBD edibles, tinctures, capsules and topicals are the most popular. CBD can be vaped as well. It’s shown to be the quickest way into the bloodstream but conversely has the shortest period of effectiveness.
Mounting research suggests that CBD applied topically (through the skin) can provide localized relief from muscle soreness and joint pain by directly addressing the inflammation at the source. The absorption of CBD through the skin is slower.
For many people, CBD applied topically provides more flexibility to incorporate the healing benefits of CBD into an active lifestyle. Topicals (balms, lotions, and creams) are portable and can be used only when the need for relief arises.
It’s important to understand that CBD can have different effects on different people. The best way to start is by experimenting with each method. Create a journal, record your results then and decide which method is best for your lifestyle and needs.