Strengthening Your Immune System with CBD Oil
CBD oil has been shown to have a positive effect on regulating a person’s immune system, through activity in their endocannabinoid system (ECS). But how exactly does this work?
Cannabis Proven to Reduce Chronic Inflammation
It is important to remember that most studies regarding cannabis and the immune system focus on marijuana, not necessarily on CBD. Therefore, the effects may not be exactly the same, although since many of the positive effects of marijuana come from the CBD it contains, they will certainly be similar.
Studies have shown that the use of cannabis can help reduce the inflammation in an immune system, which can reduce the level of pain a person feels. However, reducing inflammation is actually not always a good thing. Inflammation typically has a purpose, whether it’s designed to trap bacteria, keep damaged parts of the body away from healthier parts, or simply isolate an infection to keep it from spreading. Therefore, reducing inflammation would actually make some conditions worse, so it’s important to look at the effect of cannabis on the immune system on a more case-by-case basis.However, there are certain conditions that are caused by an overactive immune system, such as allergies, IBS, MS, and arthritis. In these conditions, the immune system’s overactivity results in chronic inflammation, which could potentially be treated with cannabis. However, at this time not enough research has been done to consider this a certainty.
Effective for Bolstering a Weak Immune System
Of course, not all conditions result in overactivity by the immune system. Many of the most dangerous ones, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, are spread because the immune system is too weak. Although there is still little research on the effect of cannabis on these conditions, the early results are promising.
For example, a study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine detailed the short-term effects of cannabis on patients with HIV/AIDS. The study found that cannabis has no adverse effect on the immune system cells typically targeted by the HIV virus, and the patients’ immune system functions increased over the course of 3 weeks. They were also able to achieve a health level of weight gain using cannabis.
CBD Helps with Autoimmune Diseases
The question still remains on whether the use of cannabis would be beneficial for the immune system of someone in good health. Consuming cannabis for its anti-inflammatory effects seems unnecessary, if not directly harmful, for someone whose immune system is not inflamed and is running at optimal effectiveness. At this time, there is little evidence to show cannabis being effective for the average person’s immune system. It has, however, been shown to be quite effective in treating people with autoimmune diseases.
CBD Helps the Body Remain in Homeostasis
It is important to remember, however, that most studies regarding cannabis and the immune system do not focus on CBD; on the other hand, most of them focus on the effects of physically smoking marijuana. As a result, many researchers are hesitant to say marijuana has completely positive effects, since marijuana smoke may be harmful to one’s lungs. CBD, of course, is not smoked, and therefore has no adverse effects on the lungs, which is just one factor setting it apart from marijuana. Also, since CBD has been shown to help the body achieve, and remain in, homeostasis, it has already been shown to have a small positive effect on the functions of the immune system.
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