Long-Term Treatment Does Not Have to Equal Long-Term Side Effects
We do not have to continue recommending drugs to people for chronic inflammation that could potentially damage their kidneys, heart, stomach, and hearing. We do not have to abandon them to life-altering dependencies on drugs such as opioids.
For people who are in continuous pain and discomfort caused by chronic inflammation, there is a viable, natural alternative for which they will not have to trade in any other aspect of their well-being in order to reap its benefits.
That alternative is cannabinoids.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds derived from cannabis that work with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is through this system that they exert their effects on the human body. The endocannabinoid system is present in all mammals and is involved in the regulation of a number of body functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, production of hormones, and regulation of immune and nervous system responses. By regulating these functions, cannabinoids help to maintain the body’s homeostasis.
Cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) are not psychoactive, meaning they cannot get an individual high. And they are non-addictive.
CBD can inhibit hepatic drug metabolism and decrease the activity of p-glycoprotein. Aside from this, known side effects are minimal compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and prescription drugs. CBD may cause dry mouth, low blood pressure, light-headedness, and drowsiness with high doses—considerably less next to the major organ damage, loss of hearing, and addiction potential of current anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is simply the body’s reaction when faced with some unpleasant stimulus. It is an indicator that something could have gone wrong somewhere in your body. The immune system is responsible for mounting an inflammatory response. The responsible cells are mobilized to investigate and solve the problem at the site.
Chronic inflammation, however, can lead to several diseases and conditions, such as some types of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, it can cause pain, swelling, immobility, and agony, depending on severity.
CBD and Inflammation
CBD has an inhibitory effect on cyclooxygenase (COX), an enzyme that plays a key role in the processes that mediate inflammation and pain. COX- 2 particularly encourages inflammation in the body. It is the target for many anti-inflammatory drugs including NSAIDs. When the receptor for COX is occupied, the inflammatory cascade is blocked and inflammation does not take place. Some drugs work by preventing inflammation in particular systems. They are selective and therefore sometimes more effective when the cause of inflammation is known. However, when the cause is difficult to pinpoint or when there are multiple causes, one needs a substance such as CBD.
CBD is More Active
CBD is a more potent anti-inflammatory drug when compared to most OTC drugs. It blocks many other receptors that lead to inflammation and hence it is more powerful. As a bonus, it comes with an analgesic property which makes CBD more efficient. The body has a way of dealing with pain which has an influence on inflammation. When pain is relieved, inflammation has a potential of stopping because the body reads no danger. That’s what CBD does best in the body—reduces the ability of the body to detect the need to react through inflammation.
When dealing with chronic inflammation, you may need to use a therapy repeatedly. CBD does better in such cases because it has no serious adverse effects on the body. One can use it over and over to achieve anti-inflammation without running the risk of liver or kidney injury.
CBD reduces oxidative stress which would otherwise make inflammation worse. The extra load on the body makes the immune system overwhelmed. When over-exhausted, the immune system may shut down. Using CBD helps one achieve much relief from many diseases at once. For instance, if you have arthritis and Alzheimer’s, taking CBD will help tackle the two conditions.
Acute inflammation may be life-threatening. It can affect crucial parts of the body like the brain, requiring instant remedy. Inhaling or taking CBD under the tongue produces instant relief. This can be the thin line between life and death. In situations where the cause of inflammation is unclear, instant CBD use will help remove the patient from danger. Once one is stable, more investigation may follow.
Close the Knowledge Gap and Safely Use CBD
CBD is a more potent, more efficient, more immediate, and yet a safer and more natural alternative to all other drugs. Because its abundance of health and pain management benefits are still misunderstood, it has not been fully researched and developed by medical professionals. Outdated laws and residual propaganda that cannabis is exclusively a dangerous, addictive drug that is used to get high have kept us from being able to optimize the benefits of cannabinoids. Now, more than ever, we need to educate and advocate for cannabinoids as therapeutic agents.
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