Cannabis is a plant that people have used since at least 4000 B.C. There are a few different kinds of cannabis, including Cannabis sativa.
Although research on CBD is still in its early stages, people are increasingly using it as an alternative treatment for various health conditions, including inflammation.
Is CBD legal?The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This made some hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC federally legal. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them federally illegal but legal under some state laws. Be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, and some products may be inaccurately labeled.
Medical News Today chooses CBD for inflammation that meets the following criteria:
CBD type: MNT chooses CBD products that are full- and broad-spectrum. Full-spectrum CBD contains up to 0.3% THC and all of the naturally occurring terpenes and cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, whereas broad-spectrum CBD has the same benefits without the THC.
CBD form: MNT chooses oils, gummies, softgels, and balms to meet the needs of people who need targeted or overall inflammation relief.
Savings: CBD can be expensive, so MNT features companies that offer subscribe and save, memberships, interest-free installments, or other discounts.
Ingredients:MNT chooses products containing safe, high quality, clearly labeled ingredients. Manufacturers should also confirm that products are free from pesticides, heavy metals, and mold.
Third-party labs:MNT chooses products that must undergo third-party testing for contaminants by an ISO 17025-compliant laboratory.
Available COA:MNT chooses companies that demonstrate transparency and share a product’s COA after receiving its third-party lab results.
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People may wish to consider the following before purchasing:
Type of CBD: CBD products come in three types: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum CBD contains up to 0.3% THC, whereas broad-spectrum and CBD isolate contain up to trace amounts of this compound.
Type of product: Some people may prefer to use topical products rather than edibles. On the other hand, edible CBD products may be more convenient to take discreetly and quickly.
Company reputation: People may wish to ensure that the company they purchase from has not been subject to lawsuits or a warning letter from the FDA.
Product safety: People should always ensure that the product they purchase has undergone third-party testing and has a valid and current COA.
Medical advice: People should contact a medical professional to ensure that any CBD products will not interact with any medications they are taking.
Inflammation is part of the immune system’s response to an irritant. The response releases many hormones, which increase the size of small blood vessels in the affected tissue. As a result of this increase, the tissue becomes swollen, red, and irritated.
The cause may be external or internal and can be due to a range of factors, such as:
Cannabis sativa contains more than 400 different chemical compounds. Two of the best-known are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.
THC is the cannabinoid that leads to the “high” feeling many people associate with cannabis. CBD does not provide these same effects. Research suggests that CBD can ease inflammation, among other potential benefits.
Research suggests that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis, as it affects certain cell viability. It may also have a synergetic effect on rheumatoid arthritis medication.
A 2020 review suggests CBD’s properties can provide anti-oxidative effects because of CBD’s specific molecular structure. Therefore, it may have anti-inflammatory benefits for conditions that can result from oxidative stress.
Most studies have not reviewed the long-term effects of CBD, and researchers need to conduct more studies with human participants. However, experts believe the research results may have therapeutic implications.
One 2020 study found that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help with the following conditions:
CBD comes in many forms. Some people may find that edible CBD products, such as gummies and oral oils, work better for them. Others may find topical CBD, such as creams and massage oils, easier to use.
People can try different forms and concentrations to understand what works best.
It is important to note that there have been more studies on the effectiveness, short- and long-term side effects, and toxicity of ibuprofen than CBD for inflammation.
What is the downside of CBD oil?
It may be more difficult to accurately dose using CBD oil, especially if the dropper does not have clear markings. Stronger CBD oils may taste bitter if they do not have any flavorings, and they are not as easy to consume on the go as gummies.
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