CBD, inflammation, and the health of your body are a hot topic these days.
With new discoveries into the nature of disease and how your body works, the medical community is finally coming to realize that CBD is a safe and effective way to treat common ailments that were previously thought untreatable.
In this article, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana discuss the benefits of CBD oil and give you tips to help you feel better fast.
CBD, Inflammation, And Your Health
When it comes to CBD, inflammation, and your health in general, it’s best to have all the details before you start a new course of treatment.
To help you in this regard, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the three main components:
- CBD Oil
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a physical condition in which part of your body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful in reaction to an injury or infection.
On the surface, then, inflammation is a good thing — it’s a way for your body to protect and heal itself. Without it, wounds would never heal and simple infections could become life-threatening.
So a little inflammation is a good thing. But if inflammation goes on for too long, it can become a problem.
Experts now recognize that chronic inflammation — the kind that persists for a long time or recurs constantly — is a precursor to more serious ailments, such as heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
That’s why it’s vital to treat inflammation seriously with one of the best new anti-inflammatories available: CBD.
What Is CBD?
Any discussion about CBD should start from the beginning. In this case, with cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors in your brain (CB1 and CB2).
Chief amongst those medicinal effects are:
- Pain relief
- Inflammation reduction
- Appetite stimulation
- Nausea reduction
- Anxiety relief
- Psychosis relief
- Seizure/convulsion reduction
- Muscle spasm suppression
- Blood sugar management
- Nervous system protection
- Psoriasis treatment
- Reduced risk of artery blockage
- Slowed bacterial growth
- Inhibition of cancer cell growth
- Bone growth
As you can see, CBD is a veritable powerhouse of medical relief. And right at the top of that list is pain relief and inflammation reduction.
But you can’t just go to your corner store and buy CBD. You have to buy a product that contains CBD. One of the easiest to take is CBD oil.
What Is CBD Oil?
There are many fun and effective methods to get CBD into (or onto) your body. The most common include:
You can even get your cannabinoid fix by way of cannabis lube, but that may not give you quite the CBD inflammation relief you’re looking for (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).
One of the easiest, most discreet, and most effective ways to incorporate CBD into your life is with CBD oil.
Professionals with expensive lab equipment produce CBD oil through a process called CO2 extraction. They expose said CO2 to high pressure and low temperature, then force that CO2 over, around, and through the marijuana plant.
After the CO2 travels through the plant matter, it evaporates and leaves behind an oily, honey-like material that’s packed full of canna-goodness.
We don’t recommend trying CO2 extraction at home unless you have the right equipment and the proper training. CO2 extraction is a very technical process and can be dangerous if performed incorrectly.
Purchase a professionally made product rather than trying to tackle CO2 extraction yourself.
That said, there are some other DIY methods that we do recommend trying just for the enjoyment of making your own CBD inflammation remedy.
We’ll address some of the DIY recipes in the next section.
How To Get The Most Inflammation Benefits From CBD Oil
1) Start Small
When taking any course of medicine — CBD or otherwise — it’s always best to start small. The least amount of CBD oil you can take to feel relief from your inflammation the better.
We recommend experimenting with a certain dose for three days to give your body time to react to the CBD. Then adjust the dose up or down accordingly in small amounts and wait another three days.
For more information on finding the right dose, check out our Honest Marijuana CBD Dosage Calculator.
2) Pick Your Favorite Dosage Method
As we mentioned above, there are plenty of choices for taking CBD. Even CBD oil itself offers a number of ways to get the CBD you need.
- Use the CBD oil in edibles
- Ingest the CBD oil directly
- Take the CBD oil sublingually
- Apply the CBD oil to your skin
Try each of these methods in turn to find which dosage method works best for you.
3) Make Your Own CBD Inflammation Remedy
As we mentioned earlier, most CBD oils are produced in professional labs with expensive equipment. But there are several methods you can use to make your own CBD oil at home.
Going the DIY route gives you complete control over what’s in your medicine. You can’t get that from a store-bought product.
For more details on these at-home-friendly recipes, check out these articles:
- CO2 Extraction: Your Complete Guide To CO2 Cannabis Oil
- How To Make Cannabis Oil
- Marijuana Tinctures: Your Complete Guide
- Cannabis Stem Tea: What It Is And How To Make It
4) Choose The Right Strain
The right strain makes a huge difference when it comes to battling inflammation.
Think of the inflammation as bags of mulch you can buy at your local hardware store and the strain as the vehicle you choose to haul those bags.
You could use a zippy and nimble Mazda Miata to transport the mulch — maybe one or two bags at a time. Or, you could use a big and powerful Ford F-250 pickup with an eight-foot bed to haul 250 bags or more in a single trip.
We know which option we’d choose.
For the best CBD inflammation remedy, choose a high CBD/low THC strain like:
- Charlotte’s Web
- Ringo’s Gift
- Sour Tsunami
Those strains provide the best CBD inflammation relief without the risk of psychedelic effects associated with higher-THC strains.
5) Avoid Moldy Buds
When it comes to making your own CBD inflammation remedy, one of the best things you can do is avoid moldy buds.
Common marijuana molds — including Botrytis cinerea (bud rot) and Aspergillus — can cause serious health problems such as infection, lung damage, cough, severe fatigue, and even invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (which can be fatal).
The first step to avoiding moldy marijuana is to examine the plant matter carefully. Whether you’re using your naked eye, a magnifying glass, or a microscope, look for cobweb-like material, dark spots, yellow and grey fuzz, and slime.
If you see any of these, consider it moldy.
The second step to avoiding moldy marijuana is to smell your weed. If you detect the aroma of sweat or urine, there’s probably mold somewhere.
The third step to avoiding moldy marijuana is to feel the bud. Healthy marijuana that is properly cured should feel dry and crispy. If it feels damp or spongy, it may be moldy.
For more help avoiding moldy marijuana and keeping your cannabis fresh, check out these awesome articles:
- The 5 Best Ways To Check For Moldy Weed, Plus How To Avoid It
- Marijuana Packaging: How To Keep Weed Fresh
The Best CBD Inflammation Remedy Starts With High-Quality, Organic Ingredients
Whether you buy a CBD product at your local dispensary or make one from scratch, the best CBD inflammation remedy contains high-quality, organic ingredients.
Sure, you can use regs and mids to brew your own CBD oil, but that will leave you with a low-quality final product that might not do anything for your inflammation.
When it comes to cannabis products, it’s always good to go by this rule of thumb:
Quality in equals quality out.
High CBD strains are ideal for those suffering from chronic inflammation — and a wide variety of other disorders as well — but those strains are even better when they’re grown organically without fertilizers, pesticides, and harsh chemicals.
Plus, when you start with a high-quality, organic strain, the end product will be more potent and you’ll likely need less to experience the effects you’re looking for.
Talk to the budtenders at your local dispensary and find out what products or strains they recommend. If you live in Colorado, find some Honest Marijuana and discover what the purest marijuana experience on the planet feels like. You won’t be sorry.
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