Cytokine expression

This week I’ve been doing more research on inflammation.  As we have previous talked about, Beta Caryophyllene (BCP) is great for reducing inflammation because it brings the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) into “balance”, which then leads to optimal function, leading to reduced inflammation and pain. 

Today I want us to look a bit further into HOW this is done.

Cytokine expression

Ok, so that’s nice and all, but what exactly is cytokine expression?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  

Cytokine expression is a form of gene expression that regulates the production of proteins, called cytokines, that send signals to the immune system. This expression involves “reading” a cell’s genetic code and translating it into proteins. Cells use cytokine expression to send certain instructions to immune tissues, for example, to promote inflammation near an injury. Inappropriate expression can create an immune response against one’s own body, and can cause diseases like arthritis.

Occasionally, pro-inflammatory cytokines are expressed improperly, and can lead to autoimmune diseases. In rheumatoid arthritis, there is continued cytokine expression near the synovial membranes that make up the joints. Cytokines produced from this expression, such as TNF and interleukin-1 (IL-1), cause inflammation of the joints. TNF seems to be the main cytokine involved in arthritis, and its presence encourages the expression of other cytokines.

Cytokine expression is not always the direct trigger for arthritis, but allows the disease to continue. It is thought that an initial small infection near the joint can lead to a disproportionate immune response. Immune cells may attack not only the infection, but also synovial membrane cells. The cytokines released by these immune cells encourage continued inflammation and tissue damage.

Wow, so we really don’t want those pro-inflammatory cytokines improperly expressed.  So once again, we see how crucial the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is, inparticular the CB2 receptors are to keeping our bodies operating optimally.  (Click the links for further information).  I for one, am so happy that Canna Oils BCP has this potential.

So if you want to keep inflammation at bay, or looking for a natural alternative to fight existing inflammation, Canna Oils BCP is a great addition to your daily wellness routine.


The above information is for educational purposes only – not intended as medical advice.

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