CBD And The Immune System: Does It Help?

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CBD is known for a lot of things and at times we can’t help but be baffled by the extensive CBD health benefits that are on offer. Some of the key holistic benefits of CBD include pain management, inflammation control, soothed anxiety, and stress among many others. But there is another welcome addition to this list, and it comes in the form of the immune system. Let us see how CBD can help your immune system fight germs and infection better and faster. Read on…

The Immune System And What It Does

The immune system, simply put, is the primary line of defense that protects your body against infection and the entry of pathogens. Pathogens are the disease carriers and include anything from the parasitic worm to the widely complicated viruses.

Every time, you are sick or have flu, your immune system is hard at work to banish the pathogens from the body and return it to normalcy. The immune system consists of the immune cells, organs, and tissues. To make sure that the immune response occurs in time, the various cells in this network should be able to identify and differentiate the different pathogens and your healthy cells and tissues. When the immune system is able to detect such pathogens, it releases antigens- the components that actively isolate the pathogens and kill them.

The Link Between Immune System And The Endocannabinoid System

Every human body like that of all mammalians has what is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a system that interlinks and regulates many other systems like the cardiovascular and the immune system. The ECS plays a role in regulating hormonal secretion and the endocrine system and is responsible for maintaining balance among the various systems.

Pertaining specifically to the immune system, the ECS is responsible for the development of certain immune cells and antigens like the T and B lymphocytes, macrophages, and the natural killer (NK). The science and research are still underway but we are in the right direction in uncovering the various connections between the two.

How Does CBD Help Your Immune System?

CBD helps your immune system in a variety of ways. The way CBD works with the immune system is by indirectly interacting with the ECS. The ECS has several receptors and is closely linked with the nervous system. The body creates its own brand of endocannabinoids that interact and bind with these receptors. CBD works in much the same way and links with them to regulate the immune response and inflammation.

The binding of CBD with the receptors, namely CB1 and CB2 helps to promote homeostasis at a cellular level.  CBD use helps in reducing inflammation and elevated immune response which becomes threatening for those suffering from autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases.

Does CBD Actually Kill The Virus And Pathogens

There are studies that suggest that CBD is antimicrobial which essentially points to the fact that it can kill off certain bacteria and fungi. One of the key strengths of CBD is its ability to kill ‘superbugs’ like the MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). There are several studies and evidence that suggest CBD’s strengths in keeping certain viral strains and infections at bay. So yes, it is safe to say that CBD does help effectively kill off certain viruses and pathogens.

CBD helps keep the immune system in balance. One important task of the immune system is to perform what is called apoptosis. It is the purposeful killing of harmful cells. This is a process that is important to kill off diseased cells and prevent them from multiplying and turning cancerous. CBD helps streamline this process by signaling it to take place better, to put it into layman’s terms.

AS mentioned earlier, inflammation is controlled and reduced by CBD. There are many viruses that depend on this ‘systemic inflammation’ to further spread and invade otherwise healthy cells. By restricting inflammation and swelling, it prevents this spread, which in turn reduces the rate of spread and severity of the infection.

How To Find The Right CBD For You

The sheer versatility of CBD allows you the choice to use it in any shape or form that is comfortable for you. If you are not into tasting CBD, and would instead want to keep your palate clean, then CBD vapes would be the best option for you. You are also free to enjoy CBD edibles and CBD chocolates if you are the sort that has a penchant for sweet and savory foodstuff.

Start off small and find the right dosage and type of CBD product that best suits your lifestyle. Regular use of CBD is essential to make sure that the concentration of CBD increases gradually and the effects become more pronounced over time. Bring CBD into your life and help your body stand face-to-face with infection and diseases.