It’s never too late to start taking really good care of yourself during this unfortunate pandemic we are facing with the Coronavirus. Whether or not you are choosing to self-quarantine so as to minimize the risk and spread of the virus, the time is now to start ramping up your immune system. Keeping your immune system in good working order is key to helping curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
CBD is an excellent way to do this, along with a good immune-boosting diet. Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies; a fairly recent discovery that scientists made back in the 1990s which regulate cell function, and a wide range of bodily functions, including the immune system. ECS helps to establish and maintain balance between the various systems in the body.
Especially those of us with autoimmune disease, taking CDB (in various forms) can be especially good during this time. An autoimmune disease is when the immune system does not work properly. Rather than fighting foreign attackers to the body, the immune system will instead attack healthy cells. These self-attacks can happen anywhere in the body, which can lead to a weakening of proper body function.
Here are several ways CBD can help you with your immune system in the current crisis.
1. CBD Helps Fight Inflammation
The human body has a receptor that plays an important role in regulating the inflammatory immune response – called the cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). When this receptor is over-stimulated, it can cause hyperactive inflammation in the body. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties to help alleviate the immune system’s inflammatory response. Inflammation is our bodies’ vital response that isolates infected areas to prevent toxins from spreading. CBD oil, in particular, has been found to act as an effective inflammation suppressor.
In short, CBD can calm a hyperactive immune system, and strengthen a compromised one. And if you find yourself with a chronic cough, that’s your bronchial pathways being inflamed. Yes, CBD can help with that, too.
2. CBD Helps with Auto-Immune Disorders
Many people suffer from such auto-immune disorders as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and arthritis. These conditions are caused when the body gets too overzealous and causes chronic inflammation. Allergies are also a common condition.
CBD has been shown to prevent an incorrect immune response from causing any undue pain, by bringing down any swelling of tissue. In fact, many diagnosed diseases come down to the general mis-functioning of the immune system in one form or another. CBD has the ability to help regulate the immune response when our immune system is compromised in some way.
3. CBD Helps Regulate Cancer-Killing Cells
One study has found that cancer sufferers are better able to fight infection when taking cannabidiol. It was found that cannabinoids taken in high doses (prescribed by a doctor) actually prompted the body’s natural cancer-killing cells to “do their thing” through a process known as apoptosis (cell death). While research studies are still ongoing to figure out exactly how cannabinoids elicit this reaction, it is encouraging to know that CBD may be able to indirectly fight cancer cells when the immune system cannot. On the flip side, CBD can prevent proliferation, or rapid cellular growth, which is another job our immune systems handles.
4. CBD Helps T-Cells and the Fight Against HIV
HIV compromises the immune system and leaves the body susceptible to a host of ailments and diseases. Since CBD has the ability to help the immune system perform better, it tends to be a viable option in relieving HIV symptoms. It was found that patients who consumed CBD had less viral loads, with a higher CD4 immune cell count. CD4 is one of the major factors in fighting HIV.
In addition, CBD was found to increase T-cell counts, which are used to destroy harmful pathogens. Lastly, research has found that CBD may also aid in inhibiting the progression of HIV into AIDS through the inhibition of functioning plasmacytoid dendritic cells, which can exasperate certain autoimmune diseases like lupus.
5. CBD and Neuroinflammatory Conditions
Our immune system also plays a major part in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative conditions like strokes and head injuries. Cerebral ischemia is a condition where there is a lack of adequate blood flow to the brain; our immune system is also involved with this. While studies are still being conducted, there is evidence that CBD helps to provide both neurogenesis and also neurodegeneration, which lead to the promotion and degeneration of nervous tissues in the brain, respectively.
CBD Helps Keep the Immune System’s Delicate Balance Alive
The whole point of the immune system is to fight attackers on the body, whether they come in the form of harmful bacteria, infection, or a whole host of other invaders. Our bodies’ natural defense in this area is something of a tightrope walk. We need inflammation to help trap any invaders and keep them contained so as not to spread throughout the body. On the other hand, too much inflammation can cause undue pain and discomfort for us. This is where CBD comes in. It can help bring down any swelling that is difficult for our body to manage, thus keeping a sort of equilibrium until the invaders have been suppressed or left our body altogether.
Scientific researchers are still working hard to figure out exactly how CBD helps with these immune functions and disorders. All we know right now is that it aids in our CB2 receptor to help it do its job, while also give us a calming effect.
Taking all of this into account, it should be stressed that taking CBD should always be used in conjunction with a nutrient-rich diet and healthy lifestyle, which includes adequate exercise and getting enough sleep. All of these work in tandem with CBD in playing a major role in keeping our immune system as healthy as it can be.
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