We are living in an unprecedented time when having a strong immune system is of the utmost importance. Many people are asking:
“Can CBD (Hemp Extract) help?”
CBD is said to have properties that are *anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory, which, as is widely know, may assist a person to stay healthy to fight off illness.
In order to fight disease and illness, we need our immune system to be functioning properly and many studies have shown that CBD may aid with this.
Dr. Manison, CBDEE’s Chief Medical Officer says, “We know that CBD activates your immune system through the CB2 receptor as it allows for your body to increase its levels of 2-AG by eating away at MAGL, but we usually only view this in terms of its effect on the anti-inflammatory and pain reduction functions that the immune system governs. But there are studies that now show that CBD also does affect the immune response of the body to bacterial infection!”
To understand further, think of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) as the master homeostatic system of the body. Wikipedia states, “The Endocannabinoid System remains under preliminary research , but may be involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes, including fertility, pregnancy, various activity of immune system, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.”
The ECS has three parts:
- Endogenous (meaning your body makes them) beneficial cannabinoids or endocannabinoids called Anandamide and 2-AG.
- Troublesome enzymes, (FAAH and MAGL) that break down the endocannabinoids so that your ECS doesn’t work as well.
- The cannabinoid receptors that sit on sensory nerve fibers, called CB1 and CB2 receptors.
How does this all work?
CBD allows the ECS to work by effectively destroying those enzymes (FAAH and MAGL) that are eating away at the endocannabinoids. By doing so, our endocannabinoids (Anandamide and 2-AG) can bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors on the sensory nerve fibers and get the ECS working the way it should.
If we have anxiety, it may work to calm us down. If we are in pain, it may work to reduce inflammation. The goal is always to maintain balance amid the stresses of life. As we age or experience stress, this system begins to wear down and our health deteriorates.
A December 2018 study in Scientific Reports, titled ‘Antimicrobial Potential of Endocannabinoid and Endocannabinoid-like Compounds Against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus’ by Mark Feldman et al, demonstrates that for the first time, the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role with our body’s ability to fight bacterial infections.”
Less stress + less pain may = A higher functioning immune system.
Taking a daily CBD supplement, along with healthy lifestyle choices, (like washing your hands, eating well, yoga, rest, exercise), may only help!
* Reiss, Carol Shoshkes. 2010 Jun. Cannabinoids and Viral Infections. Pharmaceuticals (Basel).; 3(6): 1873–1886. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2903762/
Kaplan, Barbara. 2013 Mar . Pharmacol Ther. ;137(3):365-74. doi: 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2012.12.004. Epub 2012 Dec 20. The Role of CB1 in Immune Modulation by Cannabinoids. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23261520/
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