Cannabinoids have long been known to help with certain types of inflammation. Research has shown that the ECS is integral to our response to injury.
In fact, a 2009 study indicated that, through a range of anti-inflammatory mechanisms, cannabinoids attenuate inflammation that arises from:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
More importantly, the authors of the study—which was published in Future Medicinal Chemistry—said that CBD may help with cancers that arise out of persistent inflammation. They noted that cannabinoids “can either directly inhibit tumor growth or suppress inflammation and tumor angiogenesis.”
When it comes to pain, the evidence is less clear. CBD has been shown to reduce pain in some types of conditions.
For example, a 2018 study showed that the transdermal application of CBD can help with the pain that comes from some types of arthritis.
More importantly, another report from 2018, published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, found that two of the top three reasons people indicate they take CBD is for pain and anxiety.