CBD and Inflammation: A Holistic Approach to Wellness

With January at the halfway mark, we cannot believe its already nearing the end of National CBD Month!

Over the past few weeks we have brought awareness and education surrounding the CBD industry and are so excited for what is coming at PG Organix.


WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?

Inflammation occurs when our body is in the process of fighting against things that harm it, such as an infection, injury, and/or toxins. The body uses signaling molecules called eicosanoids to initiate the inflammatory response.

When something damages our cells, our body releases chemicals that trigger a response from our immune system. 

Often times, short-term inflammation in our bodies can be protective. Therefore, chronic inflammation is linked to several diseases including cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, allergies, asthma, celiac disease, auto-immune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and Alzheimer’s.

INFLAMMATION SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms of inflammation:

  • pain
  • heat
  • redness
  • and swelling

Typically, inflammation can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Advil and Aspirin or using steroid medications.

As we already  know, using any type of medication can cause the potential risk of side effects which is why many users turn to a preventive or holistic approach.

Some users will change their lifestyle to an anti-inflammatory diet, take anti-inflammatory supplements or use CBD products.

CBD CAN HELP

Cannabinoids, such as CBD, are believed to be an anti-inflammatory.  Some research suggests that CBD reduces inflammation by affecting activity in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors.

CBD can help reduce inflammation by inhibiting an eicosanoid enzyme called COX2.  CBD also appears to affect a class of molecules important to the inflammation process called cytokines. CBD tends to reduce the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines, thereby reducing inflammation.

Dr. Michael Verbora, MD, cannabinoid expert and Chief Medical Officer at Aleafia Health provided a simple message when asked if CBD is able to treat inflammatory health conditions. He stated,  “CBD is known to be an anti-inflammatory and it is likely one of the safest medicines to provide such an effect. One of the challenges is we don’t know what dose can alleviate what anti-inflammatory or immune-related conditions,” he continued. Dr. Michael Verbora is hopeful that future research might reveal a role for CBD in treating many inflammatory disorders.

RESEARCH STUDIES

Various studies in cells, humans, and rodents support the idea that CBD may be an effective anti-inflammatory, however more research is needed to determine how it works for specific types of inflammation.

” A 2008 study in mice found that CBD prevented the onset of type 1 diabetes, an inflammatory autoimmune disease that attacks the beta cells of the pancreas.

Another 2013 study found that CBD protected against the harmful effects of inflammation in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis”(Leafly).


SHOP PG ORGANIX PRODUCTS

We would love to meet you and help you with all your health and wellness and CBD needs! Come check us out at the Livermore Farmer’s Market on Thursday’s and Sunday’s.

Come find us and shop all things PG Organix from cbd drops, gummies, sleep gummies, topicals to pet treats. This is such a great opportunity to meet us in person, shop our products, ask questions, get recommendations, hang out and enjoy all the local vendors.

To shop our products ahead of time, click here.

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