The idea of combating inflammation has become a hot topic in recent years.People are changing their diets, lifestyles and purchasing decisions based on the idea that inflammation could in fact be the source of many issues we face day-to-day. From chronic pain to depression, it would seem inflammation is the culprit behind many of our problems – but is this current movement based on science…or is it just another trend? Unfortunately, the epic struggle between our bodies and inflammation is all too real and leading researchers have associated ongoing inflammation with many health concerns and illnesses – even going so far as to claim that up to 20% of cancer cases are caused by long-term inflammation to localized areas of the body.
But what exactly is inflammation?It’s caused by stress, pollution, poor diet, lack of exercise – all the things we know to avoid but plague the majority of our lives every day. Inflammation is our body’s natural response to these stressors – internal and external. When the human body detects a threat, our immune systems go to work battling whatever is invading our system – sometimes without regard for the system itself. This is where inflammation gets its nasty reputation.
A healthy immune system will use inflammation to its advantage,turning it on exactly when and where you need it but most importantly turning it off when you don’t. The reality is, many of us experience non-stop signaling from our bodies to produce inflammation. Constant exposure to stress creates what’s known as chronic inflammation – and once that sets in, a cycle begins where damage caused by inflammatory response elicits even more inflammatory response, furthering the damage and causing destruction to our bodies. So, to put it simply – a little inflammation is in fact a good thing. It’s only when the response becomes chronic that real issues begin to arise.
So where does CBD fit in?There are multiple systems within our bodies responsible for maintaining a multitude of functions. The Endocannabinoid system, a series of receptors located all throughout our bodies (mostly concentrated in the brain, gut and pelvis) is responsible, in part, for regulating inflammation. A body subject to chronic inflammation most likely suffers from an imbalanced Endocannabinoid system, which in turn disrupts the natural production of endocannabinoids in your body – furthering this cyclical imbalance. Using CBD can help tip the scales back in your favor, working to re-balance your systems so that your body will stop signaling for inflammatory response when it doesn’t need it.
What’s amazing is how quickly CBD can switch off the response signal.Clinical observations have revealed that CBD can reduce redness and itching, two major symptoms of inflammation, within as little as 10 minutes of application. This positions CBD infused skincare products as a practical solution for those suffering from inflammatory skin conditions. Because, while many skin conditions arise from a variety of issues, anything you can do to reduce inflammation will ultimately help foster a better environment for your health to thrive.
How to find the best CBD Skincare:
With an influx of CBD Skincare products pouring into the market, it’s important to know what you’re buying and that you are actually using CBD. Here are some tips to help you make a better, more informed decision:
- Make sure the ingredients say “cannabidiol”. Some companies will try and slip by with “hemp seed oil” but this is in fact not CBD oil – rather, a carrier oil commonly used to suspend CBD within it. So be careful and always check the ingredients!
- Make sure the label clearly defines the total cannabidiol content in milligrams per fluid ounce. Some companies will even break it down further to milligrams CBD per milliliter or per drop.
- Make sure the company provides a Certificate of Analysis from an accredited testing lab. Usually you can access this by scanning what’s called a “QR code” on the back of the bottle with a smartphone.
- Look for stable packaging. Jars and clear bottles will expose your product to air which can in turn lessen the efficacy and shelf life of the CBD.
- Make sure the company specifies wether the CBD is an Isolate, Broad-Spectrum or Full-Spectrum product. There are major differences between the three, and knowing which you are consuming is vital to pinpointing an effective CBD regimen for yourself. For a deeper understanding of the differences between the types of CBD oil available, click here: /what-is-cbd/
The research behind topical CBD application and its relation to chronic inflammation continues to develop, and as the bonfire of knowledge grows on the subject, its light reveal just how much was previously outside our understanding. We’re excited to see where the science leads, and hope you will continue with us on our journey to creating total wellness, inside and out.