Winter is fast approaching, and with the colder months comes the increased risk of illness, usually in the form of the common cold. We always seems to come down with an illness at the worst possible times, with various Christmas parties, shopping for gifts and deadlines at work, all these extra things we have planned over the next few months mean we need to be constantly at our best. But no matter how much we try to avoid the person in the office coughing, illness always seems to catch up with us. A healthy balanced diet and sufficient exercise helps to keep the immune system functioning well, but sometimes, it need some extra help to boost its strength when the weather gets colder, and we become more prone to illness. Today we are looking at how CBD helps immunity.

How Our Immune System Works

The immune system is a complex collection of cells, tissues and organs that work to defend the body against foreign bodies, usually in the form of bacteria, parasites or fungi. It can help to keep these foreign bodies out of the body, or if they enter, then it will work to destroy them. As soon as the foreign body enters our system, normally through the digestive or respiratory system, the immune system is alerted. As we age and are exposed to more pathogens, generally our immune system becomes stronger and we develop a library of antibodies (proteins that recognise the unique molecular make-up of certain foreign bodies).

In the later stages of our life, the immune system starts to weaken, or this can happen earlier if we suffer from certain illnesses that can affect the immune system. This makes it all the more important to look after ourselves and help to boost the immune system. We know that a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is helpful, with exercise and good quality sleep also necessary components. Good quality supplements can also be beneficial, but CBD oil in particular which could also help to keep those common illnesses away.

How Can CBD Help?

As with most ailments that CBD oil can help with, its anti-inflammatory effects are one of the reasons why it can be so useful in keeping the immune system functioning well. Inflammation is an immune response, which on a small scale is beneficial for the body, but sometimes the amount of inflammation can get out of hand, for example in the symptoms of cold and flu. CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system can help to regulate inflammation as an immune response. CBD can also help prevent the break down of natural cannabinoids in the body by binding with the proteins that would normally metabolise them, and this will in turn increase anandamide (an important endocannabinoid made within the body), as well as the function of the endocannabinoid system, and regulate inflammation responses.

CBD can also help boost the immune system through its antioxidant properties, which aid in preventing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when the amount of highly reactive molecules, known as ‘free radicals’, outweighs the number of antioxidants in the body. If our immune system is unable to detoxify the free radicals, then oxidative stress occurs and the risk of illness increases. Oxidative stress is thought to be the cause of many conditions, as it can alter the structure and function of different cells in the body, it can also cause inflammatory processes. Taking CBD oil as an anti-oxidant can help to reduce oxidative stress, and in turn reduce inflammation, to keep your immune system strong.

CBD is known as an immunomodulator, meaning it helps to regulate the immune system. When we experience the common cold or flu, our immune system is responding to the foreign bodies, and producing an immune response – in this case it would cause inflammation to the upper respiratory tract (nose and throat). Taking an immunomodulator, such as CBD oil, to help out with the balance of the immune system can help to manage the immune response, and reduce the amount of inflammatory mediators to the upper respiratory tract. This can potentially lessen the symptoms of a cold if you do catch it.

We know much about CBD’s much researched anti-inflammatory effects, and this seems to be the main way it can help with the symptoms of a cold. Like most supplements, it can in no way cure the common cold or flu, but taking CBD regularly may help to keep the immune system strong to prevent catching a cold, and reduce the symptoms if we do suffer from one.

How Our Immune System Works

The immune system is a complex collection of cells, tissues and organs that work to defend the body against foreign bodies, usually in the form of bacteria, parasites or fungi. It can help to keep these foreign bodies out of the body, or if they enter, then it will work to destroy them. As soon as the foreign body enters our system, normally through the digestive or respiratory system, the immune system is alerted. As we age and are exposed to more pathogens, generally our immune system becomes stronger and we develop a library of antibodies (proteins that recognise the unique molecular make-up of certain foreign bodies).

In the later stages of our life, the immune system starts to weaken, or this can happen earlier if we suffer from certain illnesses that can affect the immune system. This makes it all the more important to look after ourselves and help to boost the immune system. We know that a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is helpful, with exercise and good quality sleep also necessary components. Good quality supplements can also be beneficial, but CBD oil in particular which could also help to keep those common illnesses away.

How Can CBD Help?

As with most ailments that CBD oil can help with, its anti-inflammatory effects are one of the reasons why it can be so useful in keeping the immune system functioning well. Inflammation is an immune response, which on a small scale is beneficial for the body, but sometimes the amount of inflammation can get out of hand, for example in the symptoms of cold and flu. CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system can help to regulate inflammation as an immune response. CBD can also help prevent the break down of natural cannabinoids in the body by binding with the proteins that would normally metabolise them, and this will in turn increase anandamide (an important endocannabinoid made within the body), as well as the function of the endocannabinoid system, and regulate inflammation responses.

CBD can also help boost the immune system through its antioxidant properties, which aid in preventing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when the amount of highly reactive molecules, known as ‘free radicals’, outweighs the number of antioxidants in the body. If our immune system is unable to detoxify the free radicals, then oxidative stress occurs and the risk of illness increases. Oxidative stress is thought to be the cause of many conditions, as it can alter the structure and function of different cells in the body, it can also cause inflammatory processes. Taking CBD oil as an anti-oxidant can help to reduce oxidative stress, and in turn reduce inflammation, to keep your immune system strong.

CBD is known as an immunomodulator, meaning it helps to regulate the immune system. When we experience the common cold or flu, our immune system is responding to the foreign bodies, and producing an immune response – in this case it would cause inflammation to the upper respiratory tract (nose and throat). Taking an immunomodulator, such as CBD oil, to help out with the balance of the immune system can help to manage the immune response, and reduce the amount of inflammatory mediators to the upper respiratory tract. This can potentially lessen the symptoms of a cold if you do catch it.

We know much about CBD’s much researched anti-inflammatory effects, and this seems to be the main way it can help with the symptoms of a cold. Like most supplements, it can in no way cure the common cold or flu, but taking CBD regularly may help to keep the immune system strong to prevent catching a cold, and reduce the symptoms if we do suffer from one.