Few things are as frustrating to deal with on a day-to-day basis as joint pain. Whether it be chronic arthritis, inflammation due to injury, or acute swelling, loss of mobility has the potential to greatly decrease your quality of life. While there are plenty of joint issues that need to be fixed with surgery, the vast majority of chronic joint issues that people suffer from are related to inflammation. Limiting this natural response of the body through diet, treatment and supplementation is now viewed by the medical community as one of the most important steps towards pursuing joint health.
Inflammation comes in a variety of different forms and has a litany of causes, but in a general sense, it is the onset of autoimmune problems. The backbone of every type of inflammation is the introduction of white blood cells to a specific area of the body. These cells, also called leukocytes, are the front lines of the immune system. They are deployed to fight off foreign cells like bacteria and viruses, battle other infections, and to repair damage caused by internal and external injuries. In addition to the standard white blood cells that most people are familiar with, there are a number of other types of cells like macrophages and mast cells that are involved in the immune response, as well as hormones, steroids and other endogenous chemicals. When these cells perceive a threat from pathogens like bacteria or physical damage such as burns, they become activated and respond by producing the characteristic signs of inflammation—increased heat, vasodilation, redness and discomfort. By increasing blood flow to the damaged area and deploying the soldier cells of the immune system, our body is attempting to begin the recovery process.
This description is just one basic example of how the inflammatory response may work on one specific area of the human body damaged by an infection or injury, but it serves as a useful framework for understanding how inflammation of all types occurs. For example, say a person has a joint that has been damaged—a knee that has lost cartilage due to a sports injury. That lack of a physical buffer between two bones is going to cause chronic rubbing and wear if it is not repaired. The body’s immune system will respond to that injury in essentially the same way it would any contusion: by increasing blood flow to the area and producing inflammation. This is one way that chronic arthritis can occur.
By thinking about this process, we can start to infer some useful ways of treating inflammation. One way is to supplement and treat the body with natural compounds that are called immunomodulators. The natural CBD products that we offer at Capitol Organics have been designed with this exact role in mind. Your body’s endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating general immune response, and our products are a great way to introduce cannabidiol into your daily regimen. Our customers have found great success in treating specific injuries with our topical salve, while our CBD turmeric capsules offer all day long relief from systemic inflammation. Whether you prefer full-spectrum hemp oil, tinctures, capsules or topical ointments, we have a product that is right for you.