Does CBD oil affect your immune system?
I’ve been thinking a lot about immunity lately and I want to share everything I know about it to help you on your journey too.
In this article, I am going to discuss immunity facts, how CBD helps your immune system/how CBD helps with a cold, and how to take CBD for a cold.
Some people miraculously never get sick, while others are constantly getting sniffles. I usually have 2 to 3 colds per year and during those colds, I am constantly wishing for my health back and nurturing myself back to my state of well-being.
People use over-the-counter medicine for temporary relief, while some use more natural practices. Different people have different customary remedies for recovering from a cold. I for one, drink my weight in tea and sleep like a puppy. But one of my secrets to feeling better is the wonderful oil called CBD.
Immune system facts
Adults usually average about 2 to 4 colds per year, while children average 6 to 10 colds per year. Humans are exposed to about 60, 000 germs per day! I can’t even keep my room clean for more than two days, and my immune system is already kicking germ butt!
The human body can’t survive without the immune system because you would constantly be sick and plagued with sore throats and runny noses. When you do get sick, the immune system creates antibodies against that virus. If that virus comes again, the immune system is more prepared and reminds the body how to fight off the virus.
The immune system doesn’t have an assigned location in the body like your brain or heart, but it rather works with other organs including tonsils, lymph nodes, and bone marrow. Most of your immune system, around 70 percent, is actually in your gut.
How CBD can help your immune system
CBD’s greatest trait is that it has anti-inflammatory properties. Since it has those properties, it reduces the activity of inflammatory response to the immune system. CBD also reduces inflammation in the GI tract. It supports the gut, where the majority of the immune system is located.
CBD has immunosuppressive properties, which is something that stimulates your immune system. Just like how CBD helps you sleep because it connects to ECS receptors, it also supports your immune system. The immune system has immune cells which need to be balanced- the ECS system maintains that balance. CBD assists the ECS system in all the amazing things that it does for your body.
As explained in my article “Fixing your sleep schedule with CBD“, CBD can help with anxiety, stress, and a good night’s sleep which are all leading components that help you get your immune system stronger.
Taking CBD when you have a cold
When I get sick I rest and drink a lot of water, and I take CBD-infused elderberry syrup, a product made in collaboration with The Farm Life, a local organic market and Farmacy. It is made with elderberries, rosehip, hibiscus, a Manuka honey blend and Guerrilla Holistic CBD oil in support of your immune system. It honestly tastes better than any unpleasant cough syrup I’ve ever used and does so much more for you! I take this magic in a bottle twice a day, in the morning and at night.
Food also plays an important role in supporting the immune system and ensuring a speedy recovery. I recommend not consuming processed foods, refined carbohydrates, or food/drinks that are high in sugar. Eating junk food and drinking soda can overburden inflammation, spike gut permeability, and mess with the bacteria in your gut, which all compromise the immune system. Eating foods packed with nutrients leads to a healthy body. CBD has many nutrients, therefore, acting like a wholesome power food. Circling back to our last blog, lack of sleep can also negatively affect the immune system.
Getting some sun is also very important and you shouldn’t hole yourself up for a week because you have a cold. That being said, I don’t mean that going for a 6-mile run in the sun or sitting outside when it’s freezing, but relaxing outside and exposing yourself to the wonderful Vitamin D the sun supplies us with will help. Go sit on your front porch or in your backyard with a book and a cup of tea!
I have taken CBD-infused elderberry and straight CBD many times for many colds and have seen some very positive results. Take Guerilla Holistic CBD oil so you can recover and be ready to Get Up, CBD Up, and Go!