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Can CBD help bolster your immune system? The answer will surprise you!

Written by Matthew Graff

March 20, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19 spreading across the globe, people everywhere are searching for ways to support their immune system to fight this virus. Your immune system plays a pivotal role in your overall health as it protects your body from harmful infections and viruses. It creates, stores and distributes your body’s white blood cells which fight the bacteria and viruses that attack it. Your immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work hard to keep you healthy. A key player in your immune system’s arsenal of defense is white blood cells (leukocytes) that seek out and destroy unwanted visitors. Leukocytes can be divided into two groups B cells & T cells called lymphocytes that destroy antigens and help the body remember previous attackers and phagocytes that absorb and neutralize foreign intruders. Our immune system also plays a key role in detecting malfunctioning cells inside of our bodies, ensuring that these cells don’t continue to grow (1). Killing cells is a crucial element of a healthy functioning immune system. For example, if there is too much cell death, autoimmune diseases can occur, and with too little, it can create an environment friendly to cancer growth.

Could CBD help boost your immune system? CBD for many ailments is nothing new, it has been consumed for health and nutritional purposes for thousands of years. Many ancient civilizations – from the Chinese to the Greeks – included cannabis in their pharmacopeia (2.) Some studies suggest that cannabinoids like THC and CBD are immunosuppressants, which can explain the relief experienced by medical cannabis users with autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation. Other studies have shown that regular cannabis use can increase white blood cell counts in immunodeficiency disorders such as HIV, suggesting an immune-boosting effect. It gets even more complicated when we consider that the effects of cannabis are mediated primarily by the endocannabinoid system, which scientists believe interacts with all biological activity, including our immune system (3.)

CBD and the following health tips can be natural methods of keeping your immune system strong during this pandemic. You should eat a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and try to get at least seven hours of restorative sleep at night. Exercise also helps because it lowers blood pressure, keeps your weight under control, and can help release much-needed endorphins during isolation. There are many high-risk groups that cannot fight off this virus (or others), so we need to stay vigilant about healthy handwashing practices to help the vulnerable. As always, ask your doctor before starting any new health regimen and check out the FAQ section on our webpage for any questions you may have about our products or contact us at www.cbdluvive.wpengine.com.

References:
1.) https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/immune-system-function
2.) https://www.projectcbd.org/science/cannabis-and-immune-system
3.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4046212/

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Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or prior to using any CBD products.

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