Does Cannabis Help the Immune System?
By Rolling Up
The immune system is one of the most complicated and sophisticated systems in the human body. It keeps us alive and well and helps us ward off pathogens. With the current state of COVID-19, researchers are rushing to understand the impact of cannabis on the immune system.
The human body is constantly in contact with bacteria and infectious diseases. Our immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs, running around the clock to keep us healthy. Our white blood cells are absolutely essential to the success of how our immune system operates. White blood cells are broken down into two groups, B cells and T cells that destroy antigens and previous attackers. In the HIV virus, T cells are completely wiped out, making HIV patients vulnerable to harmless infections.
In a study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research, looked at the correlation between cannabis and the circulation of white blood cells. The study concluded that little is known about the circulating white blood cell count and cannabis use.
THC has been the focus of the research done by researchers today. THC binds to the CB2 receptors and activates it, which has an anti-inflammatory effect. This is known as immunosuppressive, which means that it prevents any activity in the immune system from happening. It shows promise for autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s and multiple sclerosis. A wave of research is showing that CBD is adaptive and not stopping activity. More research needs to be done in order to understand how different modes of cannabis use effects our immune system.