You have probably heard about the immune system and immune health. You are also aware that the medical scientist is continuously working on the improvement of the human immune system. People are looking for such medicine, drugs, or remedies that can improve their immune system. It is a very hot topic nowadays that can CBD boost your immune system? Well, the answer is YES! But before discussing the mechanisms through which CBD boosts your immune system, we would like you to take a look at CBD and The Immune system.
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation of Cannabidiol. It is the chemical extract of the hemp (Cannabinoid) plan. It is completely non-psychoactive and non-toxic. CBD might be used for the treatment of different diseases such as heart diseases and weight loss, etc. CBD is available in different forms in the market such as CBD oil, CBD vapors, and CBD capsules/tablets.
What Is The Immune System?
The Immune System is actually a defense system of your body against lethal diseases, infections, viruses, and bacterial. The immune system is completely built-in. The main purpose of the immune system is to keep invaders at bay. If we talk about the construction of your immune system, it is the combination of cells, tissues, and organs which work together to destroy foreign particles, viruses, and bacteria.
The main soldiers of your immune system are white blood cells that kill the foreign particles by different mechanisms. White blood cells have two types, lymphocytes, and phagocytes. Lymphocytes destroy antigens like toxins or dangerous foreign particles. They memorize the invader particles and immediately destroy them on the next entry into the body. Phagocytes (Eaters) absorb and neutralize the invader particles.
How CBD can improve your immune system?
Different research studies have reported that CBD can influence your immune system. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which might be helpful in improving the ability of your immune system. CBD might also work as an immunosuppressant (Immune system enhancer) and immunomodulator (Immune system regulator).
Many scientific studies have shown that CBD can act as an immunosuppressant, but the evidences are still unknown. We have summarized different mechanisms through CBD might act as an immunosuppressant for your Immune system.
- As we have mentioned earlier, CBD has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties. These anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can be utilized for reducing the immune system’s inflammatory response. Inflammation plays a very key role in reducing the spread of dangerous foreign particles.
- CBD might promote apoptosis. Apoptosis is the rapid and automatic cellular death of old and unnecessary cells. Hence, CBD improves the immune system.
- CBD might be effective in controlling the Cancer. CBD has the ability to prevent the proliferation of the cells or rapid cellular growth.
- CBD can regulate the cytokines. Cytokines are actually large protein molecules secreted by your immune system through specialized tissues. They work as a messenger and inform your immune system about the entry of foreign particles. CBD can increase or decrease the secretion of Cytokines according to the needs of the body.
These are the possible mechanisms through which CBD might improve your immune system. But, as we have discussed earlier, there is no medical evidence for these mechanisms.
Autoimmune disease is the physiological and psychological condition in which your body’s immune system does not work properly. In Autoimmune diseases, your immune system works totally opposite to its normal function. Your immune system starts eating and attacking healthy cells instead of foreign antigens and toxins. This results in the weakening of your body. Autoimmune disease is life-threatening in severe cases. At present, more than 80 Autoimmune diseases are known to medical science. The famous Autoimmune diseases are Fibromyalgia, lupus, HIV AIDS, and Huntington’s Disease.
As we have discussed earlier, CBD can act as an immunosuppressant and immunomodulator. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties also. It is proven by researches that many autoimmune diseases arise from inflammation. CBD might help in reducing inflammation that is why helpful in combat with autoimmune diseases. The immunomodulator property of the CBD is helpful in those conditions in which a person has a hyperactive immune system. CBD modulates the hyperactive immune system and restores it to its original shape.
The relation of the Endocannabinoid System and Immune System
The endocannabinoid (ECS) system is discovered recently and the research is still ongoing. But scientists have found a very strong relationship between the Endocannabinoid system and the immune system. ECS maintains the homeostasis of the body and the immune system defends the body from foreign antigens and toxins. ECS system has a very strong attraction of CBD because CBD receptors are located in ECS system, hence scientist is researching on the fact that if CBD has an interaction of ECS system, it should be also having attraction for the immune system. Commenting on anything in the regard is very early. We have to wait for the results of this research.
From the above discussion, we can conclude that CBD might improve your immune system. We have also discussed different mechanisms through which CBD can improve your immune system. CBD is also useful in the treatment of Autonomic disease but as we have described earlier, there is no scientifically proven evidence of CBD working in autonomic diseases. But still, if you want to use CBD, it is highly recommended that you should consult with your doctor first. He/she will tell you exactly about CBD and the immune system.
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