Cannabis, in the form of CBD oil (Hemp) is known, especially more and more now, ass a powerful herb that has a wide variety of effects on the body. It is being used to treat cancer, many auto-immune diseases, anxiety and many other nervous system and immune system disorders. The active components in the plant, called cannabinoids, are immune-modulators. This means that they connect with your the immune system and the receptors you already have there, altering its effects. One of the main questions now is….does cannabis weaken or strengthen immune function?
Cannabis and the immune system?
I can’t answer that more truthfully than…I don’t know, it depends. It has been found that cannabis can suppress the immune system, meaning decreases inflammation, and inflammation is the bodies main response to infection. White blood cells are produced as soldiers to combat foreign entities, aka, germs. No human would be able to survive without it. However, sometimes the body’s inflammatory response goes crazy and inflammation gets out of control making it “chronic.” This is the case with autoimmune disease, in which the immune system begins to attack a person’s own body. Chronic inflammation is a major contributor to many modern diseases, including depression, anxiety, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, arthritis, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, obesity, and more.
As a powerful anti-inflammatory, the immune suppressant qualities of CBD Oil in addition to a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating regime, needed supplements and gut health overhaul, may be useful for those who have health problems associated with high levels of inflammation. We can't talk just CBD Oil. Vitamin D, Omega's, licorice, Glutamine, Selenium....these all have a role in healthy immune systems and chronic inflammation. Taking it for no reason whatsoever, may, and I say only “may” not be beneficial because we don’t want to hinder a perfectly fine working immune system.
So, is cannabis good or bad for immune health?
It’s important not to jump to conclusions when it comes to cannabis and the immune system. All current research indicates that the herb can modulate the immune system. Whether that is for better or for worse likely depends on your unique situation. If you have a chronic illness associated with your immune system, or a chronic sleep/anxiety issue, joint pain issue, back pain etc. associated with your nervous system (that’s another article) than CBD Oil can do nothing but help at the least, or practically cure at it’s best.
For a healthy person, the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis may be unnecessary. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system and is vital if you want to stay healthy and survive.
However, chronic inflammation is detrimental to health. Those with autoimmune diseases and conditions like allergy, asthma, and depression may benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of the herb.
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You might be surprised to find that many immune boosting foods are already in your kitchen. While some immunity boosting ingredients are difficult to come by, there are plenty of dishes that are already household favorites.
Don’t forget to always stock your cupboards with these staples. Here are a few foods you should never be without and how to use them for maximum benefits.
Garlic could really be in your meals every day. This superfood is a cousin of the onion and has three immunity boosting qualities you need in your diet: antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. The main component in garlic is allicin, which fights bacteria and infection with a packed punch. And as a bonus, bugs don’t develop an immunity to garlic like they can with antibiotics, so it works every time, no matter how much garlic you eat.
2. Chicken Soup
Turns out that chicken soup is more than simply soothing when you’re under the weather Cooked chicken also contains the amino acid cysteine, the same chemical found in some bronchitis medications. And the warm broth does more than sooth sore throats. The salt in chicken broth helps to thin mucus the same way most drugs do. For added benefit add immune boosting spices such as garlic, oregano and black pepper.
Tea doesn’t just feel good on sore throats, it also fights viruses and contains free-radical destroying antioxidants. In both black and green teas is a compound called interferon, which contains the amino acid L-theanine. This amino acid rages war on viruses, killing them twice as fast. Teas also contain antioxidants, which repair and maintain cell health, helping you get back to normal faster than ever.
Beef has a lot of immunity boosting vitamins, such as vitamin A and E, omega-3 fatty acids and beta carotene. But most importantly, beef contains a high amount of zinc, which helps develop white blood cells. When your body gets a virus, white blood cells are the defenders sent to destroy it.
Not all beef is created equal. Cows that are fed corn instead of grass lose a lot of their natural vitamins and minerals, and that depletion is transferred into your food. Instead, opt for grass-fed beef whenever you can, and finding organic meat doesn’t hurt as well.
Another white blood cell booster, mushrooms help to produce and keep white blood cells active. This is because mushrooms contain strong compounds called beta-glucans, which increase immunity by binding to macrophages and other scavenger white blood cells, activating their anti-infection properties. On top of supercharging your virus-fighters, mushrooms contain protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin C, and B vitamins. Mushrooms that pack the most punch are shiitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms. Just like garlic, these immunity supporters should be added to every meal and eaten on a daily basis
Natural immunity boosters are powerful tools you should keep in your kitchen year-round. Besides adding these delectable foods to your daily diet, you should keep them on hand in case you feel the sniffles coming on.
If you’re prone to coming down with colds, learn a few recipes that contain a handful of these ingredients. Create your own magical cure through the power of nutritious foods. You’ll have neighbors knocking down your door for the secret recipe in no time!
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