Some research demonstrates that CBD has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties.
What does this mean for CBD users, and who could benefit from it?
CBD is one of the most common chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is classed as a cannabinoid, along with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabinol (CBN). Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals that have become known for their medicinal and wellness potential.
Research also shows that, in some cases, CBD might be used to treat some diseases for which other available treatments have failed to be effective. For example it has been known to help with the nausea associated with chemotherapy.
Research also shows that CBD effects in the central nervous system, but in contrast to THC, which is psychoactive, CBD doesn’t create the same ‘high’ feeling.
Everything you should know about our immune system
The immune system is the defence our bodies have against diseases and other potentially damaging threats. The immune system identifies and attacks intruders, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Lymphocytes, or B cells and T cells, fight against antigens and they help the body to remember the once-beaten substances so that the next time the immune system can act quickly and effectively.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and the Immune System
We already know that this system can play an important role in many bodily functions, including brain functions. Endocannabinoid receptors are expressed throughout the central nervous system, as well as in the human immune system.
Interactions between endocannabinoids and receptors are thought to influence mood, emotions, appetite, pain-sensation and memory, among other important physiological and cognitive processes.
What are the effects of CBD on our immune system?
As a potential immunosuppressant, CBD is anti- inflammatory and may reduce the immune system’s inflammatory responses, promote apoptosis (cellular death), and prevent rapid cellular growth.
Using Immunosuppressants as a Treatment
It has been suggested that CBD may have potential as an adjunct treatment for some autoimmune diseases.
An autoimmune disease is when the immune system begins to attack healthy cells, tissues, and organs. This can occur basically anywhere in the body, and it can result in particular body functions weakening and, in some cases, life-threatening conditions. The most common autoimmune diseases include Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Psoriasis.
Inflammation plays an important role in autoimmune diseases. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD might help the body to tackle the disease. In addition, CBD’s immunosuppressive nature might be able to help it to deal with hyperactive immune systems that attack themselves.
*Always consult your doctor or licensed physician before trying anything new to treat your illness*
Types of CBD products
Oils, tinctures and edibles are your best bet as they are the easiest to take. Also, you can supplement them in as part of a varied diet.