Did you know that almost 3% of the adult population of the USA has low immunity? 1 CBD might help to improve immunity through the endocannabinoid system of our body, which interacts with all our cells and systems, including the immune system. The endocannabinoid system protects us from pain and stress.
CBD might also prove very beneficial in the treatment of other diseases, including autoimmune diseases. Let’s have a look at the endocannabinoid systems mechanism.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
It is a complex system that signals cells for performing different functions in our body. Scientists discovered it in the early 1990s while researching THC. When do these signals generate? They may get generated when a cannabinoid interacts with a receptor in the Endocannabinoid system, present in our nervous system, brain, and other organs.
The ECS helps our body to return to homeostasis and thus assists our body in keeping a balance between various systems. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally and interact with receptors in ECS. They act as immunity boosters for our bodies.
How do CBD and endocannabinoids interact?
CBD might increase the natural production of Cannabinoids in our body and spots the process of endocannabinoid breakdown by stopping the FAAH Enzyme. Thus, it might help in increasing the endocannabinoids in our bodies. It might also support maintaining the same level of endocannabinoids in our bodies.
CBD may affect several functions of our body, such as sleep, appetite, memories, mood, reproductive health, and fertility. These effects of cannabinoids are beneficial for medical purposes.
CBD might also help our immune system in responding to various antibodies more effectively. CBD may alter the functionality of the immune system to normal, or in other words, it may improve immunity, which makes CBD an intelligent immunomodulator.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory agent that may help in reducing the inflammatory response of the immune system.
CBD might also help prevent rapid cell growth or proliferation, which is very helpful for cancer patients.
The secretion and functioning of cytokines might also be modulated and stopped by CBD. What are cytokines? Some of the cells in our immune system secret large groups of proteins known as Cytokines. Their primary functions are to signal modules that regulate the immune system, produce white blood cells, and stimulate inflammatory responses of our body.
CBD may reduce the production of chemokine, which is a group of signalling proteins produced by our body. Chemokine acts as a chemoattractant, which means they lead our immune cells to the site of infection in our body so white blood cells can attack the invading microbes and destroy them.
CBD may also affect the production and function of T-cells. T-cells help our immune system to remember the foreign-invaders that attack our bodies.
CBD and Autoimmune Diseases
CBD may prove to be very beneficial for the patient suffering from autoimmune disease. CBD might prove as a potential treatment or therapy for autoimmune diseases.
What is an autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune diseases compel our immune system to attack the healthy parts of our bodies. Not only does autoimmune disease not allow our body to improve immunity, but also it turns our immunity against us.
It can attack any part of our body, which in turn can weaken our bodily functions. It could be life-threatening if not treated properly. Up to this time, scientists and doctors have discovered more than 80 different types of autoimmune diseases. Examples of some of them are lupus. HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and many more
How CBD may help with autoimmune diseases?
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD might prove to be very helpful in reducing the damage from an autoimmune disease.
CBD might help you in decreasing the production of T cells, which are responsible for attack memory of the body, which can help in reducing the chances of repetitive autoimmune attacks in patients.
We have started to understand CBD’s application in medical science, but we need more studies to establish a concrete relationship between CBD and our immune system. The data that scientists have collected and the relations which science has made until now are sufficient to prove that CBD may play a significant role in curing autoimmune disease patients.