The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of CBD
Everyone has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is a biological system composed of what are known as endocannabinoids. For the scientifically literate, these are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout our central and peripheral nervous systems. For the rest of us, this essentially means that we have loads of neurological sockets in our brain that only become active after interacting with some of the active compounds in cannabis. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes ranging from fertility to memory, and it’s been shown to have an effect on inflammation.
Several studies have shown that cannabinoids, and CBD in particular, can suppress inflammatory responses. Cannabis has a well-documented history of being used as a treatment for joint inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis , and often achieves results in as many as 90% of inflammation patients. Scientists believe our CB1 receptors play a protective role during inflammation, as was indicated in one study looking at the ability of the endocannabinoid system to moderate the development of colitis (i.e. inflammation of the inner lining of the colon) in mice.
The results have been promising. From professional athletes to geriatric arthritis patients, the case has been repeatedly made that cannabis is one of the most successful tools for fighting muscle and joint inflammation. According to a 2009 study published by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, preclinical studies have shown that all classes of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, possess anti-inflammatory effects.
*Medical Disclaimer* We are by no means an authority on CBD. The following tips and claims are based on personal experiences and advice from fitness gurus.