CBD & Inflammation | The Mystery Unveiled

Avid readers of the Liberty Blog may have noted that I have mentioned with increasing regularity two important facts:

  1. That CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory substance
  2. That inflammation is the root cause of the majority of bodily and psychological ailments

While federal law prohibits us from making such declaratory statements, it would logically follow from these two premises that CBD would be an excellent tool for healing across a wide spectrum of ailments, possibly even a greater number than anyone has yet attributed the effects of this compellingly powerful substance toward.

In this article I will delve into the mysterious details of inflammation and, hopefully, we will come out the other side more enlightened and more empowered to take on the issues of life as they make themselves apparent.

First, it is worth answering: What causes inflammation in the first place? A number of factors, including stress, poor sleep, and bad diet contribute to inflammation in the body. It seems to this humble blogger that the very contemporary way of life is designed to wear at the body and cause inflammation. Modern life, especially in the cities, is extraordinarily stressful. Our psychological ailments and physical poor health make it hard to sleep. And we have certainly, for the most part, lost the keys to good diet that were once held by the ancients. Our consensus diet in the 21st century West is deplorably saturated with unhealthy fats, sugars and recklessly genetically modified food. Our obsession with the brain and the intellectual capacity of human beings has caused us to neglect that there are just as many, if not more, neuronal connections in the gut as there are in the brain. Yet, with antibiotics and poor nutrition, we lay waste to this archaic breeding ground of good health and intuition. It seems the deck is stacked against us, and this begs the question; did this all happen organically, or is there an unseen hand directing forces against the individual human will to health and self-determination?

Fortunately, answers to that question lie outside the purview of this current article. All we need to know is that inflammation exists, that it is a menace, and that it is part and parcel with the contemporary Western way of life. Can it be cured? I would never be one to say, keep your poor diet, your stressful way of life, and bad sleep, but take CBD and it will all be okay. But what I do know from personal experience is that CBD can be a helpful buffer, a breath of fresh air, so to speak, that can get us back on the right track. And, of course, I have been stunned time and time again by the truly miraculous effects that this substance has had on conditions that we are told are untreatable. I would be getting into hot water if I was to say that Liberty Lotion products specifically tendered this type of relief, but what I can say is that customers who have used our CBD products have reported victory over the symptoms or underlying causes of arthritis, diabetes, even cancer itself, the great bogey-man of our era. These results bear reflection, and, indeed, more and more each passing year, CBD is catching the eye of pharmaceutical interests. But they seem trapped between a rock and a hard place; if they start offering CBD themselves, among other hurdles, most, if not all, of their other products will be forced off the market due to lack of demand. Yet if they do nothing, small businesses like ours will collectively destroy their monopoly over healing. What’s Big Pharma to do?

Now, down to the published data. We begin with this article from Harvard Medical School titled, simply, “What is inflammation?” To quote from the text: “Think of inflammation as the body’s natural response to protect itself against harm. There are two types: acute and chronic. You’re probably more familiar with the acute type, which occurs when you bang your knee or cut your finger. Your immune system dispatches an army of white blood cells to surround and protect the area, creating visible redness and swelling. The process works similarly if you have an infection like the flu or pneumonia. So in these settings, inflammation is essential—without it, injuries could fester and simple infections could be deadly. But chronic inflammation can also occur in response to other unwanted substances in the body, such as toxins from cigarette smoke or an excess of fat cells (especially fat in the belly area). Inside arteries, inflammation helps kick off atherosclerosis—the buildup of fatty, cholesterol-rich plaque. Your body perceives this plaque as abnormal and foreign, so it attempts to wall off the plaque from the flowing blood. But if that wall breaks down, the plaque may rupture. The contents then mingle with blood, forming a clot that blocks blood flow.”

Being a young and relatively healthy individual, my direct experience with CBD as an anti-inflammatory mostly has to do with the first category of inflammation: acute. When I forget a guitar pick and get a blister on my finger, Liberty Lotion stops the swelling. When I get a zit on my forehead, Limitless Lotion keeps it from growing. When I bang my shin, Liberty Lotion stops the pain. Yet CBD, when orally ingested, seems to have a more subtle, mysterious effect; many people, myself included, have reported a significant decrease over time in psychological ailments and imbalances after taking oral CBD. This point of mine segues perfectly into our next scientific study, this time from a source that is quickly becoming my favorite, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), regarding the potential benefits of CBD for schizophrenia patients, titled “Cannabinoids and schizophrenia: therapeutic prospects.” First, the authors relate schizophrenia to inflammation: “In a significant proportion of patients, schizophrenia is associated with… chronic systemic inflammation”. The authors go on to summarize that “Preliminary data reviewed in this paper suggest that CBD in combination with a CB1 receptor neutral antagonist could not only augment the effects of standard APs [antipsychotic drugs] but also target the metabolic, inflammatory and stress-related components of the schizophrenia phenotype”. In essence, this means that, by targeting inflammation, CBD may be able to remove one of the root causes of schizophrenia, and, with a little extrapolation, we could safely say other psychological ailments as well.

The following study is also from the NCBI. There are a few grammatical errors that I’m attributing to the likelihood that English is not the first language of the authors. The article is titled “Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress as a major cause of age-related diseases and cancer.” To quote from the text: “Chronic inflammation is a pathological condition characterized by continued active inflammation response and tissue destruction… From literatures, it is appear [sic] that there is a general concept that chronic inflammation can be a major cause of cancers and express aging processes. Moreover, many studies suggest that chronic inflammation could have serious role in wide variety of age-related diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.” If you were wondering about just how dangerous inflammation could be, there it is, laid out plain and simple. Even diseases associated with aging could be accelerated or exacerbated by inflammation. Hankering for a little more info on how CBD can protect against this danger? Again, from the NCBI, a study titled “Cannabidiol provides long-lasting protection against the deleterious effects of inflammation in a viral model of multiple sclerosis”: “Together, our findings highlight the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD in this viral model of MS and demonstrate the significant therapeutic potential of this compound for the treatment of pathologies with an inflammatory component.” To summarize in my own words, the authors are stating that there is ‘significant therapeutic potential’ in using CBD to treat any and all inflammation related illnesses.

I’ll finish up my commentary and then leave you with a couple further articles and studies.

I’ve said time and again that there is significant scientific literature firmly indicating the potential of CBD as a healing agent. But that’s all just words until you back it up with real evidence. Thankfully for me (since I have a business to run), there are scientists out there in the world doing the work to get to the bottom of just how CBD positively affects our general health and well-being. Of course, this immense scrutiny of CBD has its downside as well; it’s almost certain that at some point Big Pharma will make its play to take CBD away from good folks like you and me. As the old adage says (with a twist), “If you can’t beat them, take it away from them”. I don’t think they’ll succeed. But, as we await that oncoming struggle, new studies are popping up all the time supporting the claim that CBD has immense health benefits. I’ll do my best to keep you appraised of the situation as it emerges and, of course, to continue offering the best CBD products on the market.

Further reading:

  1. NCBI: “The endocannabinoid system: an emerging key player in inflammation.
  2. NCBI: “Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs
  3. NCBI: “Cannabinoids, inflammation, and fibrosis