In the world we live in today, cannabis is nothing new. Even if you haven’t used it before, there is no denying the fact that you’ve heard or read about it. The use of cannabis though is very popular among Americans with about 52% of American citizens over age 18
As we’ve already stated, CBD is a cannabinoid produced naturally in the cannabis plant. This chemical compound is gaining worldwide popularity because it has a host of therapeutic benefits it has shown to provide to its users. What makes CBD even the more endearing is that unlike THC, it is not psychoactive, with even children being able to use it.
How does CBD affect the immune system?
Before we delve into how CBD affects the immune system, we need to understand the endocannabinoid system as well. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating most bodily functions like sleep, memory and controlling how the body responds to pain. The endocannabinoid system also acts as what is called an “immune-cannabinoid” modulator.
What this simply means amongst other things is that the endocannabinoid system contains neurotransmitters that send signals and series of instructions to the immune system of the body as to when, where and how it should engage its line of defense. The endocannabinoid system has even been thought by researchers to send signals to the body to notify it about untoward autoimmune responses where healthy cells are attacked by the body’s own immune system. In those suffering from autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, cannabinoids like CBD can help reduce significantly the pain and inflammatory that comes along with it. Cannabinoids also could interact with the endocannabinoid system so that new cells are produced in the body (neurogenesis) whiles also reducing the degeneration of cells caused by autoimmune conditions.
Despite all we’ve said about the endocannabinoid system, a lot is still to be known about it. We cannot, therefore, state emphatically that CBD can do this or do that on the immune system. With still lots to find out about CBD, there are no conclusive reports out there about CBD’S impact on the immune system.
What we do know for sure is that cannabinoids do have a hand in the general response of the immune system. It is thought that because CBD is able to stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for the proper regulation of the functions of the body, consistently administering CBD to oneself would cause an improvement in health and a general balance in the immune system of the body.
If you are interested in taking CBD because of an autoimmune condition you may have, do well to speak to your physician and make sure to always buy from reputable retailers. CBD isn’t approved yet by the F.D.A as medicine and so it behoves you to be circumspect when going in for it. Though we cannot put a stamp to it to declare just how well CBD affects the immune system, we do know that both CBD and the endocannabinoid system both play key roles in maintaining proper responses of the immune system.