CBD has been shown to potentially help with both chronic and acute inflammation. This is important to its health benefits, as inflammation is very common in many illnesses and conditions. It is believed that many of the acids and enzymes present in CBD work together through the body’s endocannabinoid system(ECS) to help reduce inflammation. It’s a complicated process, but to put it simply, many mechanisms within the CBD compound demonstrate an ability to streamline better communication between signals. One of these mechanisms is the blockage of pro-inflammatory compounds that occur after an injury, or with an illness.
I Already Use Ibuprofen. Is CBD an NSAID?
Industrial hemp plants used to make CBD products may serve a similar purpose, but they are not NSAIDs. They both block the same inflammation-causing enzyme, COX-2. However, NSAIDs also block the enzyme COX-1, which actually protects the lining of your stomach and intestines.
NSAIDs are also linked to many different side effects and complications. Some like headaches and dizziness are not so severe. However, there are many others that create serious health problems, including gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, heart failure, stroke, and problems with the liver and kidneys.
CBD mimics the enzyme blocking capabilities of NSAIDS, as mentioned above. There are also other naturally-based treatments, such as White Willow Bark and Curcumin, that have been shown to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
White Willow Bark works a bit like aspirin (a kind of NSAID) in the human body. White Willow Bark blocks the same enzymes as NSAIDS and CBD to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. However, curcumin works by blocking NF-kB, a molecule that enters your cells and “turns on” inflammation-causing genes.
Though studies have shown that CBD is a relatively safe treatment, there is not a single, universal dosage that is recommended. Different people respond to different dosages, but most human studies suggest that dosages between 20 and 1,500 milligrams per day can be effective. Factors that you should consider when determining your dosage are weight, body chemistry, the condition that you are treating, and the concentration of CBD in your consumption method. As always, it is best to talk to your doctor before starting any new treatments.
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