CBD Oil For Inflammation – 4 Surprising Inflammatory Conditions
If you’ve read any of our content here at ULU, you’ll already know that CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory. It’s something we talk about a lot! However, what you might not be aware of is just how many common conditions and illnesses are actually related to the body’s inflammatory response. So, today we’re going to talk about CBD and inflammation. We’ll talk about why you should be taking CBD oil for inflammation, and 4 surprising inflammatory conditions.
Why take CBD oil for inflammation?
Before we jump into some surprising inflammatory illnesses, let’s look at why CBD is so great at targeting inflammation.
CBD acts as a boost to your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – a complex cell-signalling system within our bodies. The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis – the fine biological balance that keeps everything running optimally. The ECS also works through two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2. So, when you take CBD, it acts like a key to unlock these receptors, allowing the ECS to work properly.
But what about inflammation?
Well, according to a recent study, the activation of the CB2 receptor ‘ leads to a decrease in ROS and TNF-α levels, which reduces oxidative stress and inflammation.’ So, when you take CBD and it binds to your CB2 receptors, helping to regulate your body’s response to inflammation – helping to reduce and mitigate inflammatory conditions.
So, let’s take a look at 4 conditions you probably didn’t know were related to inflammation. We’ll also look at how taking CBD oil for inflammation can help with each of them.
Depression is one of the most common yet perhaps one of the most surprising inflammatory conditions. According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression is the most predominant mental health condition worldwide. They also estimate that the number of people in the UK currently experiencing a depressive disorder to be as high as 20%.
These statistics aren’t very surprising. It’s likely that you or someone you know suffers from this mental health condition. However, what you may not know is that depression is often associated with increased inflammatory activation of the immune system.
In fact, depression is usually accompanied by increased markers of inflammation and an over-active inflammatory response. This can also be supported by the fact that most anti-depressants have an anti-inflammatory effect, and that their efficacy is simnifically reduced by high levels of inflammation in the body.
Therefore, as CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, it can not only help to reduce depression through the reduction of inflammation levels, it can also make anti-depressants work more effectively!
Fatigue is defined as a lack of physical and/or mental energy that interferes with daily activities. Sufferers of fatigue often describe feeling drained and exhausted as well as experiencing increased physical sensitivity to pain and brain-fog which inhibits concentration.
In addition, fatigue is another condition that is associated with inflammation. As we’ve already mentioned, high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines are a main cause of inflammatory conditions. They can also lead to ‘cytokine-infused sickness behaviour’ – an umbrella term for a variety of illnesses associated with increased cytokine levels. According to a study about fatigue and inflammation, “Cytokine-induced sickness behaviour is a syndrome characterised by decreased activity, depression, and loss of energy because of the increased circulating levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines.”
However, it’s not all bad news for the chronically fatigued. This is because CBD actually helps to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines caused by an immune response to inflammation. So, taking a high dose of CBD over a long-term period could actually help to boost energy levels and reduce fatigue.
Asthma is a common chronic breathing problem, particularly in areas with high levels of air pollution or a high pollen count. It is caused by inflammation of breathing tubes and a chronic inflammatory response within the airways. It’s also characterised by an increased sensitivity to asthma triggers and a build-up of mucus. As a result, an asthma attack leaves the sufferer unable to breathe and unable to allow oxygen to flow to the brain.
So, naturally the link between CBD and inflammation once again comes into play here. A recent CBD and asthma trial found that cannabidiol was able to reduce both inflammatory and remodelling processes in asthma sufferers. (‘Remodelling’ refers to the structural changes that occur in both large and small airways.) This inflammation and remodelling is also something that occurs in allergy-induced asthma.
Therefore, when you take CBD oil for inflammation, you’re helping to limit inflammatory response as a result of allergies or asthma.
Anyone who has experienced migraines knows how truly debilitating they can be. Much worse than a simple headache, migraines can come with nausea, sensory disturbances, vertigo and also extreme, chronic pain. In addition, migraine treatments and medications also come with a variety of unpleasant side-effects.
However, there is significant evidence to show that CBD can reduce both the severity of migraine symptoms as well as migraine frequency. This is because inflammation actually plays a significant role in migraines. Migraines are associated with elevated high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) – especially in young adults and women. They’re also associated with – you guessed it – pro-inflammatory cytokines.
However, once again, taking CBD can help limit your body’s production of cytokines, as well as limiting inflammation from hsCRP. So, if you’re a migraine sufferer, you might want to consider taking CBD oil for inflammation.
For more information on how CBD can help with migraines, check out our recent article: 7 Reasons to Take CBD For Migraines According to Science.
How to use CBD oil for inflammation
If you’re affected by any of the conditions we’ve mentioned in this article, why not try CBD oil for inflammation?
However, it’s important to note that although there is a direct link between CBD and inflammation, cannabidiol is not a quick-fix or a miracle cure. To get the best results and experience real benefits, you’ll need to:
- Buy high-quality CBD from a reputable company (Find out the red flags you should avoid when buying CBD)
- Take high-strength CBD oil – we’re not confident anything below 5% CBD oil or 3mg CBD per dose will have any noticeable effects
- Use your CBD oil for inflammation regularly, over a long-term period. Don’t expect to see any difference overnight
- Try to take your dose at the same time each day – ideally once in the morning and once before you go to bed
- Never use CBD to replace prescribed medications – never stop taking any medications without consulting your doctor
CBD and inflammation summary
The link between CBD and inflammation is undeniable. In this article we’ve covered 4 surprising conditions that are linked to the body’s inflammatory response.
Although, inflammation is also linked to a huge number of other conditions. We haven’t covered the more obvious conditions such as IBS, swelling, itching, allergic reactions, arthritis and many more. However, for the reasons we’ve mentioned in this article, CBD is also a great addition to treatment options for these illnesses too!
So, if you’re looking to try CBD oil for inflammation, why not shop our range of ULU premium, organic CBD? We only offer high-strength cannabidiol products that meet our high standards of quality and purity. So, you can give your body and your mind the star treatment they deserve! Perfect for inflammatory conditions as well as overall mental health and wellbeing!
A Guide to CBD Products in the UK: Types, Uses and Benefits
There are many different types of CBD products on the UK market, and each one comes with its own benefits and uses. Each usually caters to a different set of needs so it can be confusing as to which is best for you. Here’s our 2020 guide to the different types of CBD products in the UK, as well as their uses and benefits.
The most common way to consume CBD in the UK is through CBD oil. Users can apply these CBD oils directly to the skin or under the tongue. The oils provide fast and effective delivery as they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. You’re also able to control the dosage through the flexibility of the dropper.
What can CBD oils be used for?
CBD oils can be used for a variety of reasons and have a wide array of benefits. Many people use CBD oils for mental health and wellness benefits. Research has shown that these types of CBD products are beneficial to those with anxiety, depression and who suffer from stress. However, the benefits of CBD oils go beyond the realms of mental health. They can also be used to support those with chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, as well as those going through cigarette or drug withdrawal.
Our very own Paul Hembery uses CBD oil for arthritis in his knee!
Like any capsule, a CBD capsule is discreet and can be taken easily on the go. It is also a more controlled dosage than oils, because it’s predetermined: allowing users to monitor the amount that they use accurately. There is also no taste to CBD capsules – unlike CBD oil products. Every ULU capsule contains 10mg CBD.
Studies between CBD capsules and oils have shown, however, that the bioavailability rate of CBD capsules is lower than that of the oils. This means that your body is not absorbing as much of the CBD when you take capsules because of the way your body breaks down the substance.
What can CBD capsules be used for?
CBD capsules have largely the same benefits to CBD oils. They can be used to help improve physical and mental wellbeing. They are also great for increasing your appetite and reducing nausea, as are CBD oils.
CBD topical creams
CBD Topical creams are aimed at those with problem skin, dry skin, or those who follow a regular skincare routine. You’ll see lots of beauty bloggers advocating CBD in skincare. They’re also a good way of gently introducing CBD to your body.
What can CBD topical creams be used for?
CBD skincare is a great way to reduce signs of ageing due to the antioxidants in CBD skincare products. They can also reduce the oil and skin inflammation associated with acne.
But while topical creams might help with skincare ailments, they don’t provide many of the benefits that are specifically sought out by those using CBD: for example, relaxation, de-stressing and joint inflammation.
CBD Haircare is one of the newer forms of CBD available on the UK market. These types of products come in various forms, such as shampoos, conditioners, and intensive leave-in hair treatments or serums.
What can CBD haircare be used for?
Whilst CBD products do not cause a high, you will feel high when you see the effect they have on your hair! For many, CBD haircare products are the secret to longer, stronger hair. CBD haircare products contain essential amino acids and antioxidants to cultivate beautiful, healthy hair.
CBD e-liquid for vaping:
Vaping CBD e-liquid provides is the quickest way to benefit from CBD. When vaped, the effects of CBD are almost instant and this way is great for those who are already regular vapers. However, if you’ve never vaped before, this might seem a little intimidating – so it could be best to start with oils.
What can CBD vapes be used for?
Much like CBD oils and capsules, CBD vapes have a variety of physical and mental health benefits, such as reduced anxiety and stress, improved mood, improved appetite, and improved sleep.
CBD in food
There are several ways of introducing CBD into your diet, through cooking your normal daily meal using CBD oil right through to baking with it. In fact, there are plenty of great CBD recipes you can use! – Why not check out our recipe for gooey CBD brownies?
What can CBD in food be used for?
CBD in food has all the benefits of consuming CBD in oil, capsule or vape form. However, the effects of consuming CBD in this way are not as quick as taking oil. This is because your body will take longer to process the CBD present in the food. As a result many see this as a top-up way of taking CBD, rather than a primary source.
There’s truly a CBD product for everyone!
In short, there are as many different ways of taking CBD as different types of CBD products on the UK market. It’s just a question of finding the right type of CBD product for you!