Hemp extract provides your body with a natural solution for overall balance and wellness.
We’ll get right to it. There is no significant amount of research that says that CBD strengthens your immune system. The companies that are making these claims are bad actors within the industry that are trying to capitalize on your fear and should not be trusted.
There is, however, a lot of research that shows that by maintaining things like stress levels, chronic inflammation, sleep/wake cycles and by making time for exercise, your body’s immune system will function at a higher level.
Now that we’ve got that out or the way, our guess is that you’re thinking a lot more about your immune system right now than you have in the past.
Besides obsessively washing your hands and dodging human interaction, what can you do to decrease your chances of getting sick?
It’s All About Balance
Seeking balance within your body requires that you understand how your body manages some pretty important functions, like the management of pain, mood, appetite, sleep, and—you guessed it—immunity.
At the risk of sounding like a science lesson, let us briefly explain how some molecular heavy hitters, cannabinoids, can positively affect all of those important bodily functions.
You produce endocannabinoids naturally. Endocannabinoids and their receptors (CB1 and CB2) are found in your organs, your immune system, and your nervous system. Your CB1 and CB2 receptors are stimulated by phytocannabinoidscannabinoids. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, while CB2 receptors are found just about everywhere else. When a phytocannabinoid interacts with one of those receptors, it’s saying, “Dude, get to work.”
Essentially, cannabinoids keep systems in your body running smoothly. In a perfect world, they’d be all the system management you need. But, clearly, that’s not always the case.
Happily for us, similar molecules, phytocannabinoids, referred to as CBD, are produced by the cannabis plant. (Cannabis also produces a different molecule, the THC phytocannabinoid—CBD’s intoxicating relative—which produces the “high” associated with smoking marijuana.)
When CBD is introduced to the body in the form of hemp extract, it stimulates your natural endocannabinoids to function and communicate at higher-than-normal levels and it also increases the receptors’ ability to bind to endocannabinoids. That increased activity helps the body to combat conditions that keep you from a natural level of homeostasis. In short, it helps you feel balanced.
Many studies have determined that cannabinoids can serve as a useful pain reliever. They inhibit the nervous system’s response to pain, prohibiting pain signals from reaching the brain.
People turn to hemp extract for pain management because it has fewer potentially severe side effects than opioids, with no reported addictive properties. In fact, people often try hemp extract to combat one health issue and then notice that other issues subside as well.
Mood & Stress Management
Studies show that hemp extract is an effective supplementation for managing anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. Because phytocannabinoids easily interact with the brain, hemp extract may be especially useful in balancing neurochemicals.
Many factors can lead to sleep issues (not just getting to sleep, but staying asleep), including stress, mood disorders, chronic pain, or general discomfort. Because CBD has a calming effect on the central nervous system, the impact of these problems can be reduced and a good night’s sleep will be right around the corner.
Collectively, all of your bodily systems and homeostatic processes are connected. When they’re in balance, they lead to a high-functioning immune system that’s more effective in fighting off disease and keeping you healthy.