“The Ghost in the Machine” CBD & Immune Function
At this unprecedented time, everyone is focused on health. We all know the healthy practices we should be following all the time: drink a lot of water, moderate alcohol, get sufficient sleep, exercise, eat a balanced diet, etc. A layer deeper than these basic tenets of health is wisdom about how to boost immunity and fight viruses. Remedies include: Raw Garlic, Ginseng, Ginger, Rosemary, Fennel, Basil, Oregano, Sage, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Elderberry, Green tea, Licorice, Olive Leaf, Turmeric, Thyme, Vitamin C, Liquid Zinc… and the list goes on.
A relatively new way of looking at immunity includes CBD, long appreciated for its ability to help the body heal itself. The body of knowledge around CBD and how it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is still emerging as the number of scientific studies has sky-rocketed. A basic understanding of the human ECS has only come about in the past 10 years!
We know that CBD therapy is connected to the part of your biology where the body and brain meet. CBD works as well as it does because it (along with the other compounds in hemp oil extract) is so similar to the chemicals created by our own bodies. The ECS is responsible for two basic activities: 1) modulating pleasure, energy and well-being and 2) slowly nudging the body back to health in the face of injury and disease. Your endocannabinoid system influences memory, pain, inflammation, energy, mood, immunity, appetite, and cardiovascular health — to name just a few.
Amazingly, your body’s ECS creates its main components on demand. It has been described as the “ghost in the machine”, responsible for rebalancing the most essential systems in the body. Elevated or depressed production of endocannabinoids can have repercussions throughout your body.
Though what we know about CBD and the immune system is still limited, there is evidence that CBD interacts with the immune system to restore health: calming it down when needed (important for auto-immune issues from overactivity) and propping it up when needed (defense).
We’re really excited to learn more as new information comes available. For further reading, check out some of the resources we love:
- Book - “CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medical Cannabis” by Leonard Leinow & Juliana Birnbaum.
- Website - Project CBD