Your body has the capacity to heal itself. Pretty spectacular, right? If you suffer from a minor gash or infection – or if somehow a virus, bacteria, or allergen make their way into your system – your immune system responds by activating specialized white blood cells that are sent to fight the invasion. This natural response is how you regain proper tissue structure and function. It is called inflammation.
Your body transports its immune cells primarily through your blood. And as blood rushes to the site of an injury or invasion, that accumulated blood can produce heat, swelling, and redness—all of which are hallmarks of inflammation, says Dr. Jason Ken Hou
, an assistant professor of gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Without inflammation, your body would be defenseless when faced with injury or illness. But not all inflammation is helpful. What do medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's have in common? They’ve all been connected to an excess of inflammation in the body. When good inflammation becomes chronic or dysfunctional, it becomes a disease state. Inflammation isn’t just limited to disease - even human aging is characterized by chronic, low-grade inflammation.
Because inflammation is linked to aging and most age-related diseases, many pharmaceutical companies are spending billions of dollars to create novel anti-inflammatory drugs to help the growing epidemic. Billions of dollars to develop what Mother Nature has already designed for us – Hemp.
To understand Hemp's influence on inflammation, one must understand the natural system in which it influences. Hemp is comprised of over 80 known medicinal cannabinoids which affect the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is the most essential physiological system involving human health because its role is homeostasis. We are all organisms made up of blood, guts, and cells, which are all influenced at every second by our environment, temperament, time of day, time of year, what we eat, what we drink... all of it. The endocannabinoid systems job is to make sure all the craziness going on in our lives are not damaging our body and mind.
Endocannabinoid receptors are found on the cells of the immune system. Biology is very resourceful meaning because the receptors are on immune cells, they play an essential role in regulating the immune system. Scientists found that the use of Hemp has been shown to:
Suppress the immune system when it is dysregulated
Suppress inflammatory responses
Aid with the recovery from tissue/ organ injury
Inflammation is the body's immune response to stress, injury, or invasion. Because it is impossible to stop these stressors from occurring in life, it is vital to combat the inflammation before it becomes chronic, dysfunctional, or it becomes a disease state. Taking Premium Hemp CBD Extract daily in the morning and before bed directly suppresses inflammatory responses and helps aid in recovery. And helps to regulate your bodies endocannabinoid system, therefore keeping the body and mind in a state of homeostasis.
Prevention is the best medicine. Not to mention the cheapest form of medicine. Take control of your own health and wellness and incorporate an anti-inflammatory ritual into your daily life.
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