You've likely heard about CBD and the great benefits it can provide. Today, we're going to focus on CBD's impact on your immune system.
First, let's answer a couple of simple questions you might have been wondering.
What is CBD?
You've likely heard of CBD by now, but if you haven't, let's dive in a bit.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound extract, comes from the cannabis plant. CBD has been making news as a wonderful recovery aid.
Though it comes from the cannabis plant, using a CBD product will not give you a high feeling, as it does NOT contain enough THC (some products are 0% THC) which is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation.
How does CBD work?
There are over eighty different chemical cannabinoid compounds found in the trichomes (small hairs) of cannabis. These cannabinoids all produce certain effects in the body by attaching themselves to certain receptors.
Our bodies also produce cannabinoids of our own, as well as producing two receptors for cannabinoids called CB1 and CB2. These receptors are located in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is one of our body's best neurotransmitters.
CB1 is mostly present in the brain but also can be found throughout the body. These receptors in the brain deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, and more. THC attaches to CB1.
CB2 receptors are often found in your immune system and primarily impact pain and inflammation.
It was once thought that CBD attached directly to the CB2 receptors, but it is believed now that CBS doesn't attach to either receptor directly. Instead, CBD directs the body to use more of its own cannabinoids and impacts these receptors indirectly.
Now that we've got the simple questions out of the way, let's get more into detail about how CBD works with your immune system.
How does CBD affect your immune system?
As previously mentioned, the CB2 reception in the ECS is often found in your immune system. CB1 receptors can also be found in your immune system, although there are generally 10 to 100 times more CB2 receptors than CB1 receptors in your immune system.
It's important to note that there are many studies around CBD and its impact on our bodies.
Another important thing to note is that CBD has been found to work as an immunosuppressant and an immunomodulator.
Immunosuppressants are agents that can suppress or prevent the immune response. They can treat autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease. Some treatments for cancer act as immunosuppressants.
Simply put, immunomodulators are agents used to help regulate or normalize the immune system.
One of the great benefits of CBD is that it has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can reduce the inflammatory response of the immune system.
CBD can suppress the function and secretion of cytokines, which are large protein groups. Specific cells in your immune system secrete cytokines. The function of these proteins is to communicate with molecules that regulate the body's immunity, white blood cell production, and inflammation.
CBD can suppress chemokine production. A chemokine is a group of cytokines that act as a chemoattractant, a chemical agent that induces an organism or a cell to migrate toward it. Chemokines can lead immune cells to an infected area so that white blood cells can attack and destroy microbes that are invading the infected area.
CBD can suppress T-Cell function and production, which is helping suppress the immune system's ability to remember outside invaders.
The evidence above proves that CBD has a positive impact on your immune system and in a big way. Now, all there's left to do is to find a tasty source of CBD.
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