CBD and the immune system, explained.
Our immune systems are crucial to our health and wellbeing during these uncertain times.
Many people have asked us if CBD can boost the Immune System.
We’ve delved into the science to discover the answer for you.
And what we found will likely surprise you.
It sure surprised us.
Carry on reading to see how CBD can help to balance and strengthen the immune system.
What is the immune system and what happens when it’s not functioning properly?
The immune system is our body's personal defence system.
Think of it as a tiny army inside our bodies, fighting off invaders and other threats to our health.
First, it identifies invaders like bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. Then it acts to remove them as quickly as possible to keep you fighting fit.
Just like an army, the immune system is made up of a complex interconnected network.
Instead of soldiers and platoons, it’s comprised of specialised cells, tissues, and organs.
All these elements need to be kept in balance and work together for the immune system to function at its peak. But sometimes things don’t go according to plan and the immune response becomes overactive or underactive.
One example of an overactive immune system is when it launches a big response to usually harmless invaders called allergens.This causes allergic reactions such as asthma and eczema, another type of overactivation is when normal healthy cells are attacked, like troops under friendly fire.
When the immune system is underactive it results in a weak immune system, also known as immunodeficiency.
This state leaves the body without a strong line of defence, leaving you vulnerable to harmful microorganisms. Immunodeficiency can be passed on genetically, caused by medical treatments e.g., chemotherapy, or result from other diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
How to boost the immune system?
Without our health, we have nothing.
For millennia, humanity has been looking for ways to safeguard and boost the immune system. While a lot of research has been done, more is still needed to understand the intricacies of the immune response.
The most widely accepted way to ensure a healthy immune system is to live a healthy lifestyle.
This means giving your body the good things it needs; sleep, exercise, a healthy diet, and health supplements are key.
So is protecting our bodies against potential dangers by washing your hands, cooking meat thoroughly, not smoking, and only drinking in moderation.
CBD for your Immune System
CBD is classified as a health supplement and is known as an immune system booster, among a variety of health benefits.
Even though CBD research is still in its infancy, it has been shown to balance the immune system by increasing and decreasing immune responses, based on what an individual needs.
While we may not understand all of it, scientific papers have explored how the endocannabinoid system (the receptors in our body that CBD interacts with) plays a role in regulating immune responses. We covered this in more detail in one of our other articles.
CBD, inflammation and immunity
CBD has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory properties.
In fact, it is one of the main reasons that people use CBD. inflammation is actually an immune response to protect us from invading organisms, or to repair damaged cells.
But, as we know, sometimes this response doesn’t work properly.
Inflammation may be triggered by the wrong thing, start too soon or continue for too long. This is problematic since chronic inflammation can cause pain and other complications, even resulting in other diseases.
CBD has been linked to decreases in inflammation, which can help your immune system to function better.
One way that CBD does this is by disrupting the proteins that set off and maintain inflammation. CBD can also help increase neurotransmitters in the brain that can reduce inflammation throughout the body.
This is why CBD has been used to treat pain and improve motility in patients with multiple sclerosis – a condition whereby the overactive immune system attacks nerve fibres and scar tissue.
The same research has shown that CBD can also have the opposite effect. Rather than suppressing an unwanted response such as inflammation, CBD has the ability to help the immune system perform better.
Some studies suggest that CBD could be used to help treat diseases such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, as well as help to relieve the symptoms associated with treatments such as chemotherapy.
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According to the articles linked above, CBD is incredibly beneficial for the immune system.
It is one of the rare things in nature that have immunomodulating properties - the ability to both decrease and increase inflammation (a key factor of immune response), depending on what an individual needs.
Along with all of its other benefits, this alone makes CBD a powerhouse of health supplements.