Can CBD help you stay stronger during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Immune System

In the wake of the Coronavirus being named a global pandemic by the world health organization (WHO); most people are in fear and confusion on how best to protect themselves and loved ones from being infected.  And just as people are struggling to get enough stock of tissue paper and food, they are asking if CBD can help you stay stronger during the coronavirus pandemic?

In this article, we explore this question as we try to understand if the CBD immune system boosting properties can be relied on, especially in people 40 years and older.

Effects of the coronavirus on the body’s immunity

Our immune system is responsible for fighting germs such as bacteria, viruses’, fungi and other toxins.

When the coronavirus enters the body, it triggers the immune system to fight off these invaders. The result is a high fever and production of mucus that triggers coughing and sneezing. At this point, if you have another health issue, the immune system will be overworked trying to fight the coronavirus.

In this process, the body may start sending wrong information to other cells which will lead to a cytokine storm.

This is where the white blood cells trigger various chemicals that leak into the lungs, which, together with the damages caused by corona, will heighten the breathing difficulty, leading to death.

Effects of CBD on the immune system 

On the other hand, CBD is believed to boost immunity in the human body. It also is known to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis sativa and acts on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) enabling it to keep our immune system in balance.

CBD also activates the transient receptor potential vanilloid 2 (TRPV2) and another transient receptor potential (TRP) channels responsible for boosting immunity.

Ways in which CBD can boost immune health 

Now that we know how CBD and the Coronavirus act on the body’s immunity, here’s how CBD and your immune system can work together to boost your immune health, enabling your body to stay stronger and equip itself to better fight the Coronavirus.

  • CBD helps increase natural killer cells

CBD oils stimulate the natural killer cells (a type of white cell) activities which are the main players in the fight against viruses in the body. It also activates the natural T cells that have both the NK and T cells activities.

  • Increased anti-inflammatory response

CBD is known for it does relieve inflammatory diseases. It can maintain a healthy inflammatory response in the body. In another study, CBD has shown its ability to enhance markers of healthy lungs hence boosting respiratory function.

  • CBD maintains a healthy gut microbiota

The gastrointestinal system has the most significant portion of the immune system. This is because of the large numbers of adaptive effector cells, organized lymphoid tissue and scattered innate. Therefore if there are invaders in the GI the endocannabinoid system is activated, and in conjunction with CBD, a healthy intestinal inflammatory response is activated.

  • The calming effect of CBD

CBD has a calming effect on people who are stressed. As we know, Coronavirus has caused a lot of stress in everyone affected and those on lock-down. Because stress weakens the immunity of a person, using CBD can reduce stress levels and improve immunity levels.

Take Away

CBD won’t cure the coronavirus pandemic, but it can play a role in building up our immune system and making us healthier at a time when we need it most. 

Learn more about the health benefits of CBD in our Blog.

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