CBD, or cannabidiol, is being widely studied for its anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown cannabidiol to have a significant impact on the human endocannabinoid system and CB1 and CB2 receptors, both of which are found in the immune system. The fact that CBD is thought to help regulate the immune system has led to further studies on the effect CBD has at protecting other important cell structures.
In 2016, researchers at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Medical School of Xi’an Jiaotong University, in China, studied the effect CBD had on nucleus pulpous cells. Nucleus pulpous cells act as the shock absorber within the vertebrae. Protecting these cells and controlling inflammation within the spine is crucial to anyone suffering from a spinal injury, such as a lumbar disc herniation (LDH). To study the effects CBD had on nucleus pulpous cells, researchers isolated those cells in rats and cultured them, in vitro, while administering CBD. Results showed that CBD had protective, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties in the nucleus pulposus cells.
The aforementioned findings could play an important role in the way spinal injuries are treated in the future, as well as for preventative medicine. This study has shown further evidence to the anti-inflammatory properties CBD possesses.
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