Plant-based remedies have been utilized for centuries to aid with all types of inflammatory conditions. Two ancient remedies are among the most commonly discussed; turmeric and frankincense, both of which are included in our EASE tincture.
A study published in Natural Medicine Journal examined these two botanical remedies for their application in inflammation-related ailments. Before we dive deeper into the inflammation world, it’s critical to first understand what inflammation is and what can happen when inflammation becomes a chronic issue.
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What is Inflammation?
Acute inflammation, per Natural Medicine Journal, is “a part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. It is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. Thus, inflammation is required for the healing of wounds and infection.”
When acute inflammation is noticed by the body, the local vascular system, immune system, and other systems with inflamed tissue begin a ‘war’ of sorts in the body. Chronic inflammation will lead to differences in the types of cells with the goal of healing the affected tissue. Chronic, persistent inflammation can result in further damage. It’s important to reduce and/or eliminate the symptoms of inflammation for comfort and well-being; and, prevent disease associated with chronic inflammation.
Turmeric is a dried rootstalk from the herb Curcuma longa. You’ll most commonly see this herb utilized in Asian cultures, but its power is beginning to be noticed in western culture as well. Turmeric has been applied to aid in the healing of wounds, inflammation and tumors, in a medical sense. Turmeric has also been applied for other properties including antioxidant, anti-cancer, antitumor, hepatoprotective, and antibacterial properties.
Frankincense is a resin-based extract from Boswellia plants native to India. Like turmeric, the medicinal applications of frankincense have been known for centuries, but are only recently becoming a part of western culture. Frankincense is known for anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and anti-anxiety properties.
According to Natural Medicine Journal, researchers developed a study regarding pain and frankincense. The research found frankincense significantly reduced pain and improved physical function in patients with osteoarthritis. The same study also found frankincense to be medically helpful with Crohn’s Disease, asthma, depressed immune system, and colitis.
Research has found, when turmeric and frankincense are paired together, the benefits of both were enhanced. The two work synergistically to produce an optimal effect against inflammation. The theory behind this is boswellic acid (frankincense) increases the bioavailability of curcumin. In a study published by BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, a clinical trial compared the efficacy of turmeric extract versus the turmeric/frankincense combination. The main symptoms studied involved joint pain, stiffness, and limitations to physical function.
As little as 4 weeks following administration, the results were apparent. The combination of the two produced enhanced effects. After 3 months of continuous application, there was a significant increase in physical function. Of 201 patients, only 13 experienced side effects of nausea, stomach pain, and reflux indicating side effects showing in only 6% of patients (in this study).
CBD and Inflammation
A full-spectrum product can be incredibly effective with inflammatory conditions. A full-spectrum product is one where all the cannabinoids and terpenes that can possibly be present are readily available. There are thousands of cannabinoids and terpenes in each cannabis plant, and it’s impossible to preserve every single one, but full-spectrum products do not purposely eliminate any terpenes or cannabinoids, and rather do their best to preserve as many as possible. Having all the terpenes and cannabinoids present is critical to the success of the CBD tincture.
Terpenes and cannabinoids work synergistically to maximize effectiveness by enhancing one another. This effect is known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect is what makes therapeutic results possible from a CBD tincture.
Compounds found in cannabis that reduce inflammation are abundant and diverse. The most abundant phytocannabinoids in cannabis, THC and CBD, are both known to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties. Other cannabinoids, including CBC, CBG, and THCV have also demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabinoids act as anti-inflammatory agents by inducing apoptosis, inhibiting cell proliferation, suppressing cytokine production, and inducing T regulatory cells (Klein et al. 2000).
A study conducted by Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine examined the effects of cannabinoids for dogs. The 8-month, double-blind study was the first of its kind for Cornell University and studied dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. Dogs involved in the research study experienced a significant decrease in pain and an increase in activity, with no side effects.
Specifically, the study stated “Pharmacokinetics revealed an elimination half-life of 4.2 h at both doses and no observable side effects. Clinically, canine brief pain inventory and Hudson activity scores showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity (p < 0.01) with CBD oil. Veterinary assessment showed decreased pain during CBD treatment (p < 0.02). No side effects were reported by owners… This pharmacokinetic and clinical study suggests that 2 mg/kg of CBD twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with OA.”
Frankincense and turmeric, when paired together in a CBD tincture, can have a heavy impact on inflammatory conditions. With a full-spectrum CBD product, turmeric, and frankincense combined, the body is better equipped to handle inflammation and therefore increase our dog’s quality of life. That’s why our EASE tincture is heavily recommended for dogs experiencing joint pain, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.