Whether it be to help protect yourself against seasonal illnesses or simply be and stay well, a healthy immune system is key. And while there are a number of ways in which we can offer our immune system support — think: a vitamin- and nutrient-rich diet and a consistently good night’s sleep — one of particular interest and research as of late, is CBD. Read on to understand what we currently understand about the connection between CBD and immunity.
First, let’s start with the basics. CBD stands for Cannabidiol (CBD), one of more than at least 100 compounds called cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, including hemp. This compound binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is believed to play a role in maintaining homeostasis in all mammals.* Considered the master regulatory system of the body, the ECS activates endocannabinoids when there is an imbalance, in turn bringing the body back to balance.*
How CBD Interacts with Your Body
At least two types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors, interact with cannabinoids.* CB1 receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are found in areas of the body including the brain, GI system, and — you guessed it — the immune system.*
CBD and the Immune System
Our immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and organs working in constant communication to keep us healthy. And while researchers are still working to understand the complete picture, we do know that the endocannabinoid and immune systems are intimately connected.
With the ECS as a homeostatic regulator, cannabinoids such as CBD can help us maintain a state of biological balance, which includes healthy immune system function. And indirectly, the ECS impacts immunity by supporting our mood and sleep, which in turn helps us maintain equilibrium, keeping us healthy. Lastly, when our bodies are stressed, we produce cortisol, which suppresses our immune system. Cannabinoids such as CBD can help support healthy stress response, and therefore a strong immune system.*
There is much we still have yet to understand about the connection between CBD and a healthy immune system. We’ll continue to stay abreast of the latest incredible science and emerging discoveries in an effort to create pure, potent, truly effective products — and real change.