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Anti-inflammatory CBD: An alternative to ibuprofen?

Anti-inflammatory CBD: An alternative to ibuprofen?

CBD oil has a wide range of health benefits. From relieving chronic pain to achieving a state of relaxation in diseases such as epilepsy or anxiety. But we can't forget that cbd is also anti-inflammatory.

Many people wonder whether cbd has better anti-inflammatory properties than ibuprofen. So, to clear up any doubts, we are going to talk about the anti-inflammatory power of CBD.

CBD vs ibuprofen

In this section we will assess the effects of CBD vs ibuprofen, the most commonly used drug to combat inflammatory effects and bodily discomfort.

Many people turn to ibuprofen when they have some kind of discomfort or inflammation in their body. Its effectiveness is more than proven, although like any medical drug, it should not be abused without a doctor's prescription.

CBD has become an alternative for those who suffer from inflammation and chronic pain and do not want to take chemical medications.

But can CBD really be a substitute for ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen has a more immediate effect (or at least is felt in a shorter period of time), but CBD remedies require longer exposure in the body to have their effects. However, this will depend on the dose used.

It is also worth bearing in mind that medications can become habit-forming and lose their effectiveness after prolonged use, as is the case with ibuprofen. However, this is not the case with CBD, and increasing the dosage does not pose as much of a health risk as using ibuprofen.

Ultimately, CBD oil and its derivatives can help in the treatment of pain and inflammation over a longer period of time, whereas ibuprofen will provide relief at specific times and more quickly. However, if CBD is to be used as an anti-inflammatory, it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional.

CBD anti-inflammatory properties

There are certain ailments or illnesses that, after scientific study, it has been shown that their consequences and effects on the body can be minimised by using cannabidiol as an anti-inflammatory. Some cases in which cbd is anti-inflammatory:

  • Rheumatic diseases with mild and bothersome inflammatory involvement. The use of CBD creams helps transdermal absorption in the areas affected by pain.
  • Allergic dermatitis where allergens cause inflammation and redness. CBD oil can be applied to soothe the painful and itchy area.
  • Arthritis. This is a chronic inflammation of the joints, so continued use of CBD is able to alleviate the aches and pains of this condition.
  • Pancreatic problems where anti-inflammatory drugs are not as effective. However, cannabidiol has been shown to minimise inflammation and allow pancreatic tissue to regenerate more effectively.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, where CBD may have better digestive effects than chemical drugs, largely because CBD is a natural element.

In short, CBD can contribute with its inflammatory effect to:

  • Pain is considerably reduced.
  • The levels of anxiety caused by pain disappear.
  • Muscles relax and loosen up.
  • Inflammation from external injuries is reduced.

CBD oil for inflammation

And you are probably wondering what happens if the inflammation is internal. Well, CBD can also be taken in the form of consumable oil, capsules, infusions, jelly beans, etc. However, it must always be supervised by a medical professional.

CBD oil can help relieve pain and inflammation and with fewer side effects than taking ibuprofen, both in the short and long term.

CBD oils are among the most common compounds used by people today. This is because it allows for better and more effective dosing, as well as a long shelf life. The texture of CBD is very similar to other oils, although alcohol is used as a carrier instead of oil. This gives it a longer shelf life and makes it easier for herbalists and naturopaths to mix it with other herbs or essential oils that have anti-inflammatory properties among their components. However, this alcohol-infused oil cannot be ingested.

To take CBD for inflammation, simply measure the recommended or desired dose with the dropper containing the product and place it under the tongue for a quick effect, or ingest it for a slower, more controlled effect.

In general, it is estimated that oils and sprays taken orally are absorbed into the bloodstream in an average of 10-45 minutes.

CBD anti-inflammatory cream

When using CBD as an anti-inflammatory, it is important to consider where the inflammation is located. Swelling and irritation on external areas caused by rashes or injuries can be treated with CBD ointments, lotions or creams applied directly to the affected area.

Any inflammation of the skin also benefits from ingesting CBD oil. However, the most common mode of treatment is topical (on the skin). This allows the cannabidiol to concentrate in the affected local tissues.

We can use the anti-inflammatory cannabidiol topically in cases of:

  • Psoriasis.
  • Allergic dermatitis.
  • Muscular lesions.
  • Skin infections.
  • Eczema.
  • Acne
  • Tendinitis

In general, CBD balms and creams can take longer to reach the pores of the skin, up to 90 minutes if rubbed into the affected area. Because CBD takes longer to take effect and is slower to work, balms and topicals often have higher concentrations of CBD added to them to make them work. Similarly, metabolism and body fat influence the way CBD is absorbed by the body.

What are the best anti-inflammatory creams with CBD?

CBD creams and ointments are dermatological and cosmetic products that contain cannabidiol in their composition, either using oil or extract.

Below, we are going to talk about two topical solutions containing CBD. One is the CBD recovery balm and the other is Alivium CBD cold effect.

CBD Recovery Balm

A remedy in case of muscle and joint injuries is to use the muscle recovery balm with cbd, as it will activate and improve the body's well-being.

In addition, this product contains 95.95% natural ingredients that have been certified by the European Union and are animal cruelty-free. In addition, it has been produced in Spain and is dermatologically tested.

This cannabidiol balm is composed of natural ingredients that act on the affected area immediately and provides benefits such as:

Rich in Cannabidiol.
It tones and moisturises the skin, giving a feeling of recovery.
It is ideal to apply before, during or after sport or daily tasks.
It has an immediate cold effect.
It gives a great feeling of body relaxation.

Its ingredients include CBD, essential oils (hemp, mint, lemongrass, clove, eucalyptus, arnica and rosehip) and honey.

To use, a small amount of the balm should be applied to the affected area or area to be treated, spreading the product with a gentle massage in circular movements to ensure complete absorption. It can be used at any time of the day.

Similarly, the CBD recovery balm can be used in combination with other products to achieve a greater effect and can be used on hands and legs after physical exercise.

Alivium CBD Cold Effect

Alivium CBD cream has a revolutionary formula composed of honey and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system, which regulates essential functions in the body, and reduces the sensation of pain.

This product is composed of 95.9% natural ingredients which are CBD, honey, mental, lemongrass, clove, arnica, rosehip and eucalyptus. All these elements contribute to Alivium giving us a series of benefits such as:

  • Softness and hydration. Deeply moisturising and giving luminosity to the skin, also increasing its softness.
  • Nourishing. Contains hemp seed oil and coconut oil, rich in vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6) and essential amino acids. These compounds are essential to maintain the well-being of the skin.
  • Physical and mental relaxation. Thanks to the properties of CBD that make the product help to reduce joint and muscle pain, also helping to give mental calmness due to physical relaxation and hemp aroma.
  • Skin repairer. Antibacterial and antioxidant effects help to cleanse and protect the skin from ageing and pollution. It also helps to regulate the skin's natural pH.

To use, apply a small amount to the area to be treated and spread with a gentle massage in circular motions for complete absorption. It can be used 2 or 3 times a day to comfort the skin and use cbd as an anti-inflammatory.


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Neuropsychologist | Specialised in treatments with Medical Cannabis

Tommaso Bruscolini

Tommaso Bruscolini (Rimini, Italy) is a neuropsychologist and phytotherapist based in Barcelona, where he has been running his private practice since 2014, both in person and online, where he formulates and produces different preparations with all kinds of medicinal plants, as well as making personalised recommendations.

A member of the Official College of Psychologists of Catalonia and qualified as a Health Psychologist, he is a specialist in Neuropsychology, the branch that studies the brain and its neurological function. Tommaso complements his training with studies in Phytotherapy and Herbalism at the Guild of Herbalists of Catalonia and two Masters, one in Nutrition and Herbal Dietetics and the other in Mindfulness.

In recent years she has specialised in Medical Cannabis, through private training and collaborations with different entities in the world of Medical Cannabis, coordinating for a year a clinic specialising in cannabinoid medicine, carrying out consultations, writing articles, talks, training courses as well as carrying out consultations and patient follow-up.

He currently collaborates with several entities of the cannabis sector in Spain, among other things he is the coordinator of the therapeutic area of the magazine DolceVita España, consultant in the SmokingMap portal, collaborator of the Unión de Pacientes por la Regulación del Cannabis (UPRC) and Alpha-Cat certified technician to perform cannabinoid analysis.

What fascinates him most about the Cannabis plant is the possibility it has to change the current medicinal and therapeutic paradigm towards a more holistic vision as it acts on our body, mind and mood, in a synergic way.

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