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Can CBD boost your immune system?



Covid-19 has brought an increase in the demand for immune-boosting products
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Over the past year coronavirus has brought an increase in the demand for immunity-boosting products. 

Cannabidiol and CBD products are well known for their anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, as well as various other health benefits, so it’s no surprise that they are among the remedies people have turned to using to prevent catching Covid-19.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) can play an important role in body and brain functions, as the endocannabinoid receptors are used throughout the central nervous system and the immune system. 

Studies have shown that CBD is immune suppressive and anti-inflammatory, which can reduce the immune system’s inflammatory responses, increase cellular health and prevent rapid cell growth. Using CBD products may also repress the cytokines, chemokines and T cells functions, which are all part of the body’s immune defence.

Put simply, CBD and other cannabis properties can help to suppress the functions of your immune system and to keep it active when underperforming. 

CBD has also been recommended for treating some autoimmune diseases, which are known for attacking healthy cells, tissues and organs, the most common being multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis and psoriasis.  

While not an overnight miracle cure, CBD provides subtle effects which often build up over time. The healthier someone is, the less likely they will notice any changes in their body even though the benefits will still be present. 

Companies offering cannabidiol-infused products have reported an increase in purchases, especially since the beginning of 2020, which we all know as the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Known for helping with anxiety, pain management and reducing inflammation, CBD products are a logical solution with these three health issues increasing since coronavirus became prevalent, with people suffering from anxiety and those fighting Covid-19 themselves. 

CBD-infused food contains vitamins and minerals which help boost the body’s immune system and in 2020, the world has been reminded of how important it is to be as healthy and fit as possible. Those with weaker immune systems and classed as ‘vulnerable’, have faced a lot of difficulties due to coronavirus. 

In times of crisis, people turn to comfort food to ease the stress from the uncertainty of what lies ahead during the pandemic.

Research found that some companies created CBD-based food items to help boost the immune system with essential vitamins while calming the customer who may be feeling anxious. 

We all know eating whole plant foods like fruit, vegetables and nuts help put essential nutrients into our bodies to provide antioxidants and help defend against harmful pathogens. Although CBD is not proven to protect our bodies from catching coronavirus and build defences, it is seen to help put people’s minds at rest, knowing they’re assisting their bodies in building protection to help fight the dreaded virus. 

Sarah Sinclair is a respected cannabis journalist writing on subjects related to science, medicine, research, health and wellness. She is managing editor of Cannabis Health, the UK’s leading title covering medical cannabis and CBD, and sister titles, Cannabis Wealth and Psychedelic Health.Sarah has an NCTJ journalism qualification and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sunderland. Sarah has over six years experience working on newspapers, magazines and digital-first titles, the last two of which have been in the cannabis sector. She has also completed training through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society securing a certificate in Medical Cannabis Explained.She is a member of PLEA’s (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) advisory board, has hosted several webinars on cannabis and women's health and has moderated at industry events such as Cannabis Europa.Sarah Sinclair is the editor of Cannabis Health. Got a story? Email / Follow us on Twitter: @CannabisHNews / Instagram: @cannabishealthmag