And so it is perhaps fortunate that inflammation is exceptionally broad when it comes to the spectrum of diseases, conditions and afflictions in which it presents.
This means CBD has the power to help treat anything from migraines to muscle spasms, arthritis to asthma, sunburn to swollen ankles, diabetes to dementia, chronic pain to Crohn's disease, eczema to ednometriosis.
Whether it's an injury or an illness you are suffering from, inflammation usually plays a big part in any feelings of discomfort.
Inflammation does have an important role in your body’s immune response, serving as a process in which the body's white blood cells and chemicals protect against infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.
But extended or extreme inflammation can result in long-term issues. This includes increased production of free radicals in the body, resulting in a process called oxidative stress which can cause severe damage to our cells, proteins and DNA.
CBD's anti-inflammatory response is thought to work through its inhibition of eicosanoid enzymes (which can cause inflammation) and the elevation of the anti-inflammatory cytokine molecules.
This is similar to how mainstream medications like NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) and steroids work.
But CBD doesn't have the long laundry list of negative side effects that these medications can have - great news for anyone looking for a natural treatment option to any of the many ailments and afflictions listed above.