California was the first state to legalize the use of medical cannabis, back in 1996, and a lot of things have changed since then. More and more states followed the examples of sunny California and opened their arms and hearts to this peace-bringing herb. It interacts with the human body in many ways, including interacting with the immune system.
At the time of writing, there are 40 states in which cannabis is legal to some extent. In 11 of those states, marijuana is entirely legal for both medical and recreational use.
But fun and high times aren’t the only thing cannabis legalization brought. For the first time in US history, researchers in the field of medicine and pharmacology have the liberty to study the herb and its components.
CBD and the Immune System
CBD is one of the 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants. Along with the THC, it’s one of the main chemical compounds of the herb and accounts for up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract.
But unlike THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive and doesn’t produce a high as THC does. And while CBD is a vital compound in medical cannabis, it’s derived from the hemp plant, which is relative to the marijuana plant. Apart from that, both CBD and THC have a significant number of proven health benefits. Today we’re going to cover how CBD metabolizes in the body, rather than THC.
The medical benefits of CBD and CBD-based products are scientifically proven and are now known facts. CBD is effective in treating or relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, nausea, seizures, and several other conditions.
CBD favorably affects our health. For starters, it alleviates stress, and we already know that stress is the number one proxy killer disease of modern time. So, it stands to reason that it also has beneficial effects on our immune system.
Research data suggest that CBD is a potent antimicrobial substance that positively interacts with our immune system. CBD is known to work well against many types of bacteria and fungus; it can even fight MRSA superbug, a bacterium that is resistant to most antibiotics.
Besides that, CBD fights fungal infections, like Candida, and even some viral infections. However, with viral infections, things might take an unexpected turn.
Published: April 16, 2020
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