Research shows promising results that CBD can boost the immune system.
There is no better time than this to tend to your health and boost your immune system. The Coronavirus has reminded us all just how important our health is by locking us in our homes, forcing us to wear uncomfortable masks, and turning us into complete germophobes.
During this pandemic, everyone is looking for a way to improve their health and strengthen their immune system in hopes to avoid the virus. You might be one of the people who has bought some vitamin C supplements or added some new healthy ingredients to their grocery cart.
So now is a good time to ask…
Can CBD help the immune system?
CBD has been a recent addition to the health world. Claiming to reduce pain and help anxiety, and even getting the FDA’s approval as an anti-seizure medication. Some people swear by it, while others are skeptical. Whichever group you belong to, there is no denying the promising findings of research in this area.
So let’s look into how CBD interacts with our immune system and whether it can boost it or not.
What You Need to Know About the Immune System
We are constantly exposed to live vicious microbes called pathogens. Pathogens like viruses and bacteria can attack our bodies, make us sick, and ultimately kill us. The only thing standing in their way is our immune system.
Different cells, organs, and tissues come together in an attempt to keep our bodies safe and keep us alive. At the forefront of this battle are white blood cells, consisting of lymphocytes and phagocytes. Lymphocytes detect the invading foreign pathogens and destroy them by locking on their surface. They also remember these invaders, so the next time they enter the body, the lymphocytes will have a stronger response. On the other hand, phagocytes engulf the invaders and kill them.
Apart from neutralizing foreign invaders, the immune system also detects the body’s own old and defective cells and destroys them via a process called apoptosis, or cell death.
CBD and the Immune System
Although the research in this area is not yet conclusive, it strongly suggests that CBD can affect the body through the newly found endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS has receptors in different parts of the body, including the immune system, and it helps us stay in balance. The phytocannabinoids in CBD interact with these receptors and act as a supplement to the body’s endocannabinoid system.
The limited studies so far show that CBD can help the immune system in several ways. And we’re going to take a look at them.
CBD as an Immunosuppressor
What does this mean? CBD suppresses the immune system? Isn’t that a bad thing?
Not if you have an autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis, the body mistakes its own healthy cells and organs as invaders and attacks them. These attacks can weaken your body and sometimes be fatal. CBD acting as an immunosuppressant can reduce the hyperactivity of the immune system and stop the body from attacking itself.
Some successful cases of this immunosuppressive role were when HIV patients used CBD to increase their appetite or when cancer patients used it to fight back the nausea caused by chemotherapy drugs.
CBD as an Anti-inflammatory Agent
Inflammation is a natural sign of your body fighting infections and injuries, but it can be more than that. An unhealthy lifestyle can also trigger inflammation. If you’re not eating healthy food and getting some exercise done, or you’re under too much stress, you can develop chronic inflammation.
Your immune system kicks into gear, but since there is nothing for your body to fight, it begins to destroy your healthy arteries, joints, and organs and will have catastrophic consequences over the long term, one of them being liver fibrosis.
Studies have shown that CBD can act as an anti-inflammatory agent by increasing the production of an anti-inflammatory mediator. So in a condition like chronic inflammation that can be the result of an unhealthy lifestyle or neurocognitive disorders associated with HIV, CBD can reduce the inflammation and help your body.
CBD Against Resistant Bacteria
Antibiotics have helped us defeat bacteria for many years, but the microbes have changed their mechanisms to adapt and stay alive. More and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics and this has prompted scientists to search for a new solution.
One of these solutions is using helpers which are non-antibiotic compounds that will help improve the efficacy of antibiotics. One of these helpers is CBD.
A recent study found that CBD in combination with an antibiotic, can kill more gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus which can cause fatal diseases like pneumonia, endocarditis, and sepsis. Even though CBD was unsuccessful against gram-negative bacteria, it’s still a promising new treatment for gram-positive bacteria and a new soldier for your immune system in the fight against them.
CBD Against Fungi
Fungi are all around us. Some can be harmless, while others can cause yeast infections and skin infections such as athlete’s foot. These conditions are more irritating than dangerous and sometimes embarrassing for the infected person.
Studies have shown that the compounds found in CBD can have antifungal properties. They can bind to the fungal cells and through an oxidation reaction, prevent the cells from producing necessary compounds for their growth. Soon the fungal cells can’t multiply anymore and will be destroyed.
This process it’s not that different from how other anti-fungi medication work. The difference is that CBD is a natural and plant-based remedy that can protect your body against fungi without causing serious side-effects.
So Can CBD Boost the Immune System?
In some cases, yes. We still have to wait for more research to be completely sure. Until then, if you have any health conditions, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before embarking on the CBD journey.
If you’re good to go, we are here to guide you through it with our wide range of CBD products. You can try one of our CBD oils or our CBD softgels to see what CBD can do for you. You can even check out our DIY CBD hand sanitizer to boost your usual sanitizer and surprise the sneaky Coronavirus.
Let us know in the comments how CBD has changed your health. Share this blog post with your friends to raise awareness on the potential benefits of CBD.
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*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your physician before using CBD products. Do not take any information in this article as medical advice, we are merely sharing links to studies and facts that we’ve found across the Internet. Do your own due diligence before purchasing or using CBD products.
Article by Elle Riveira