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CBD & Inflammation: A Case Study

Sep 30, 2021 06:31PM ● By Joe Condora

As CBD products continue to rise in popularity, countless manufacturers are beginning to join the trend. You can find a plethora of different types of CBD products on the market from oils, gummies, lotions, bath bombs, and even CBD infused water. Along with the increase comes health promises that often under deliver.

Hopeful patients find themselves looking for relief by using CBD oil for inflammation, anxiety and sleep support. Unfortunately, most CBD companies are favoring profit margins over improved patient health outcomes, leaving individuals still suffering and believing that CBD is ineffective. Often times, patients don’t get the results they are looking for when taking CBD due to the fact that companies are using cheap ingredients and manufacturing methods to create their products. These cheap, ineffective products lead individuals to the conclusion that CBD oil is a new, trendy supplement without scientific literature backing its efficacy.

In reality, a significant body of clinical research has been published suggesting that CBD oil can be utilized as an effective tool to manage anxiety and inflammatory based conditions.

The Misconception

A common misunderstanding in individuals taking these products is that a higher dose equals a more effective dose. When it comes to CBD, more does not always equal better. In fact, taking more CBD than you need can render your therapy ineffective. It’s important to speak with a qualified health professional to review personal health history, medication use, and several other factors that can determine the proper dosage for the individual.


Inflammatory related conditions like arthritis are on the rise, with more than 50 million Americans above the age of 18 being diagnosed with arthritis between 2007 and 2009. Inflammation also plays a role in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as other conditions. Various nutraceuticals have been examined to assess their effectiveness in managing inflammation with mixed results. CBD is being investigated as a potentially powerful therapeutic treatment for patients with a various inflammatory related conditions. 

Case Study

In June of 2021, a case study was published in the Cannabis Cannabinoid Research journal. The study aimed to assess the impact that CBD oil has on various inflammatory markers.

The study included a systematic review of 26 different published papers. Only studies that evaluated the effect of cannabinoids on inflammatory markers in animal models were included in the review. The study also compared the effect of different cannabinoids including CBD, CBG, and THC on the inflammatory response in the animal models. It also examined the effect that CBD, CBG and THC each have separately on inflammatory markers. The study then assessed the impact of a CBD and THC combination.


The researchers concluded that key inflammatory markers including tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and interferon gamma were significantly reduced after treatment with CBD, CBG, or CBD+THC, but not with THC alone.

 The Takeaway:

While each of the components that are found in the hemp plant have their own unique benefits, this research confirms previous research showing that THC is largely ineffective for inflammation management. The research suggests that CBD works synergistically with CBG and THC to yield the best results in reducing key inflammatory markers.

Joe Condora is the Nutrition & Health Coach at Valley Integrative Pharmacy. His specialties include nutraceutical counseling and creating personalized meal plans for clients to achieve optimal wellness. 

Location:  75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Call Valley Integrative Pharmacy to discuss which CBD product formulation is most suitable for you and your needs. 908-658-4900. See ad, page 3.

Valley Integrative Pharmacy  - 75 Washington Valley Rd Bedminster NJ

Valley Integrative Pharmacy - 75 Washington Valley Rd, Bedminster, NJ

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Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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