Covid-19 has the world on edge
Much of the world remains under lockdown in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of cases globally are fast approaching the 250,000 mark with deaths having crossed 10,000. Nearly all major countries remain under varying degrees of lockdown with schools, restaurants, cinemas and businesses shuttered and air travel severely limited through much of the globe. This is a scary time for the residents of the world.
What is making the situation more intimidating is the fact that currently no therapeutic or vaccine exists to fight this virus. Private and public sector healthcare players in Europe and North America are scrambling to develop a vaccine as well as a therapeutic. However, the timeline for a vaccine admissible to the general public remains distant. Anywhere between twelve to twenty-four months is the shortest timeframe being cited for the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The Immune System is Central in the Covid-19 Saga
As research into the virus progresses, it is becoming abundantly clear that the impact of the virus is much more severe, and in many cases fatal, for individuals with underlying conditions including heart disease, diabetes and hypertension as well as for persons’ with weak immune systems. Research just released by scientists at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, where the immune response of a 40-year old woman to Covid-19 was studied, indicates that “even though COVID-19 is caused by a new virus, in an otherwise healthy person, a robust immune response across different cell types was associated with clinical recovery, similar to what we see in influenza”. Although preliminary, the study lays credence to the benefit of a strong immune system in dealing with the virus.
Research into CBD is Growing Rapidly
Although no research presently exists on the direct impact of Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis or hemp plant, on either preventing or countering Covid-19, a body of research has been accumulating on the impact of CBD on an individual’s immune system. What needs to be noted is that, being associated with the cannabis plant, CBD for several decades was regarded as a controlled substance, deemed illegal for possession and consumption. This status acted as a significant constraint on research into the therapeutic benefits of CBD. However, the situation has changed not only following the legalisation of cannabis in much of North America but also the passing of the all-important US 2018 Farm Bill which effectively legalised the farming and commerce of hemp and hemp-based products including CBD.
Researchers are trying to make up for lost ground by undertaking CBD research into a range of benefits. Particularly with respect to CBD’s positive impact on the immune system, several streams of research have been undertaken. With increasing research, it is becoming abundantly clear that CBD can be beneficial in modulating an individual’s immune response.
Research points to CBD’s significant role in balancing the immune system
Inflammation is the normal and healthy immune response to viruses. However, in certain instances inflammation is triggered pre-maturely and persistently which leads to chronic inflammation. Scientists have singled out chronic inflammation as being the source of several autoimmune diseases such as like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS) as well as Parkinson’s disease as well as HIV/AIDS. A growing body of research indicates that CBD works effectively to alleviate the inflammation associated with such infections. The mechanism through which it does this is through inhibiting the release of cytokines. Cytokines are proteins released during bodily stress and is known to be a key contributor to chronic inflammation.
Contemporary research into CBD also indicates that it works to effectively strengthen the immune response as well. Cancer is a condition which greatly reduces the ability of a person’s immune system to fight infections. Studies are indicating that in such immune system sapping conditions, individuals are better able to combat infections through the intake of cannabinoids, CBD being one of them. A particular study undertaken by Spanish scientists, found that cannabinoids were effective in neutralizing cancer cells through a process called apoptosis. This is the very same process which a healthy immune system triggers once it detects an infection in the human body.
Give CBD a Shot
As research progresses, the positive role of cannabinoids, particularly CBD, in regulating the immune system is being reinforced. Utilizing active cannabinoids like CBD aids in enhancing the balance and responsiveness of the immune system. Among the other approaches individuals might be using to increase their immunity during the spread of Covid-19, CBD should also be looked at as a credible candidate.
Disclaimer: CBD consumption for maintaining immune system should always be advised by health professionals. One must regularly monitor oneself in order to achieve the desired outcomes after the consumption of CBD.