- CBD and cannabis have a balancing effect on the immune and endocannabinoid systems.
- During an acute viral infection like Covid-19, you want your body to launch an inflammatory response to fight the virus as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- Over the long-term, CBD and cannabis help to reduce inflammation and manage chronic conditions like auto-immune disease.
- Anti-inflammatory responses during a viral infection are not helpful and can extend the duration and severity of illness.
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The immune system is a highly complex network of cells and tissues that work together to protect your body from viruses like Covid-19. It’s work doesn’t stop with fighting acute infections, but it’s also responsible for building your body’s capacity to respond to long-term illnesses and conditions.
CBD and cannabis can work with the immune system to help strengthen and bolster its response to things like Chron’s disease, Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis. In the case of these auto-immune diseases, the body can experience long-term inflammation, of which CBD and cannabis can help reduce.
According to Dr. Chris Spooner, CBD and cannabis support the immune system’s response to inflammation by returning the body to a natural state of balance. While this is ideal over the long term, you don’t necessarily want a balanced immune system when fighting against a viral infection.
“In this case with this virus [Covid-19] you need an imbalanced immune system in some respect in that it needs to be very aggressive to deal with it. So it’s not so much that it’s suppressing the immune system. It’s more a matter of trying to keep everybody balanced when that’s not what’s necessarily needs to happen here. It’s not helpful in the initial stages of the viral infection.”
As you introduce CBD or cannabinoids to your body, these compounds can slow down your immune system and keep it from operating at its most efficient state. In the case of a viral infection like you’d get with Covid-19, you want your body’s response to be as fast and efficient as possible to reduce the length and severity of illness. That’s why use of these products during an acute infection isn’t recommended.
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