In today’s environment, millions of people throughout the world are focused on maintaining their natural health. This has created an uptick of interest in natural ways to boost the immune system, which is the key to prevention of illness and maintaining optimum health. This has shone the spotlight on the question: does CBD boost the immune system and if so, how does it work?The Endocannabinoid System, The Immune System and CBD
In order to understand how and why CBD can help boost the immune system, it is necessary to understand the relationship between CBD, the immune system and the endocannabinoid system.
The immune system is a network of cells, organs and proteins that work together to protect your body from both external and internal substances that could cause infection and illness.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS), is a vast biological regulating system found throughout the body, in the brain, organs, muscles, tissues, glands, skeletal system and immune system. The body naturally produces endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters) that interact with receptors on cells, in different locations of the body, to stimulate and activate various fundamental functions in different ways. The overarching goal of the ECS is to bring the body to homeostasis (stable equilibrium or balance).
The cannabinoid CBD mimics, in some ways, the function of the body’s endocannabinoids and enhances the function of the ECS. Since one of the regulatory functions of the ECS is immune response, CBD can play a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune system.
Key Benefits Of CBD That Help Support The Immune System
There are several key benefits of CBD that contribute to the support of maintaining a healthy and balanced immune system. They are:
* CBD supports a healthy inflammatory response.
Inflammation serves a positive purpose as a natural response to infection and or bodily injuries. It isolates the infected or injured parts to prevent the problem from spreading.
However, chronic inflammation is attributed to many diseases that are ‘neurodegenerative’ such as, asthma, allergies, irritable bowl syndrome and more.
CBD works with your ECS to help regulate its response to the various symptoms of diseases that are associated with inflammatory response by supporting homeostasis (balance). This is an important aspect of CBD for immune system regulation.
* CBD helps provide a feeling of calm during the daily stresses of life.
Prolonged stress and anxiety are attributed to lowering your immune response. Heightened feelings of stress may also disrupt your normal healthy sleeping pattern, which also contributes to a lowered immune system.CBD for relaxation and sleep can go a long way in the overall boosting of your immune system and restoring balance in your daily life.
* CBD supports an enhanced mood.
In the same way that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to help reduce feelings of anxiety, it also interacts in a way that enhances your mood. Feelings of despair and depression affect your immune system by creating a mind-body imbalance that lowers your body’s immune response.
CBD can help promote energy, vitality and a feeling of ease and well-being. After all, when you are happy, you are, generally, healthy with a strong immune system, because your mind and body are in harmony and balance! So, perhaps the best immune system booster is to just relax and enjoy a cup of tea!!!