How does CBD interact with the human immune system?
The discovery of the endocannabinoid system
Really explored a short time ago, the endocannabinoid system is part of a complex physiological system. More precisely, it consists of a large network of cannabinoid receptors placed in various places of the human organism.
There are two different types of receptors, called CB1 and CB2. CB1-type molecules are mainly located in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. As for them, the CB2 molecules are found in the cells of the immune system …
We now know that the endocannabinoid system plays a major role in the regulation of multiple bodily functions. It is particularly involved in the perception of pain, appetite, sleep, pleasure, or in the process of digestion.
By acting on the endocannabinoid system, CBD actively participates in maintaining homeostasis in the human body. By promoting this general balance, it acts positively on the performance of the immune system, through various means …
The action of CBD on immunity thanks to the endocannabinoid system
The regulation of different physiological devices
Thanks to the endocannabinoid system, the consumption of CBD balances the production of cytokines, an immune defense process. It also increases the production of lymphocytes, white blood cells capable of suppressing infected cells.
Moreover, CBD is able to regulate the inflammatory response of the body. Although the latter is essential for the immune system, it can become chronic, which is the cause of many diseases, especially autoimmune.
Thus, cannabidiol may be a means of strengthen the immune system, but also to fight against its dysfunctions! Indeed, an overactive immune system can start attacking its own cells, which causes certain pathologies.
Multiple sclerosis is, for example, one of them. It results from an attack on myelin by cells of the immune system. The disappearance of myelin then leads to degeneration of the nerve fibers.
Maintaining a quality intestinal flora
Many people ignore it, but many cells of the immune system are located in the gut. It is also said that the belly is the second brain … The intestinal microbiota therefore plays an important role in the effectiveness of the immune system. Long known for its completely natural anti-inflammatory properties, CBD helps reduce the risk of intestinal disorders, such as dysbiosis or leaky gut. For good reason, the latter are primarily linked to inflammation of the intestine.
In addition, moderate consumption of cannabidiol seems to generally improve intestinal and digestive health. It is therefore a good way to act against certain inconveniences such as abdominal pain, bloating, or even diarrhea. For this reason, CBD is sometimes recommended in the face of chronic disorders of the digestive system, such as irritable bowel syndrome, or Crohn’s disease, itself linked to an overactivity of digestive immune cells.
CBD: an anti-stress and anti-fatigue solution
It is interesting to note that CBD is also a perfect remedy for multiple benign causes of immune dysfunction. As mentioned above, stress or fatigue can temporarily lower the immune system. CBD is widely known for its soothing and relaxing properties. He not only participates in better stress management, but also to better sleep. In this way, it helps a healthy lifestyle, and maintaining body balance.
On the other hand, cannabidiol is undoubtedly rich in antioxidants. It therefore protects the body from free radicals. These chemical reactions are potentially at the origin of so-called “oxidative” stress, which indirectly impacts the functioning of immunity.
It would therefore seem that CBD represents a great natural ally for the human immune system. It allows to boost its efficiency, but also to regulate its functions, and thus to fight against a large number of diseases and other inconveniences …