CBD & The Human Immune System
The human immune system is a complex part of our bodies, and the main line of defense when it comes to maintaining our health.
Washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and avoiding touching your face are the best prevention recommendations, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Having a healthy immune system can bolster our natural ability to stay well, but we need to focus on the whole system to be at our best. To function well, the immune system requires balance and harmony.
Resting well, exercising regularly, minimizing stress and eating well are great ways to boost your immune system’s response to sickness and give your body the best fighting chance possible.
But did you know that the core components of the immune system have cannabinoid receptors directly built into them? Our own endocannabinoids have a prominent role in promoting homeostasis, or balance in the body, which includes the regulation of the immune system. We can see this in the fact that key parts like lymph nodes and white blood cells in the immune system have cannabinoid receptors directly on them, with high concentrations of CB2 receptors.
Sleep and the Immune System
Getting a solid night’s sleep is one of the single best ways to allow our body to restore itself. Studies show that those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to contract disease and recover slower than those that are well rested.
When we sleep, the body releases cytokines - key players in the regulation of our immune systems. When we don’t rest, our body doesn’t release nearly as many of these modulators and others like antibodies.
But many Americans report issues going to sleep, staying asleep or getting restful sleep. There are many tips and tricks to use in supporting your sleep routine, like eliminating screen time from your bedroom. But that doesn’t always help.
To support your sleep, we developed our Dream blend with Magnesium, L-Theanine, Melatonin, Reishi mushroom, Cinnamon and Cacao. These complimentary ingredients trigger relaxation, aid in falling asleep and help you stay asleep*. Reishi mushrooms even have preliminary findings supporting a healthy immune system in addition to aiding sleep*. Paired up with our THC free nano CBD powder, our customers swear by the sleep they get with a nightly cup of Dream.
Exercise and the Immune System
Regular exercise is a staple of healthy living, improving cardiovascular function, lowering blood pressure and supporting healthy weight. Getting your blood pumping can also release endorphins in your brain that support a positive mindset.
A healthy workout also increases blood flow, which can promote a positive impact on the immune system by allowing for cells and substances to flow freely in the body.
We built Revive with antioxidants like pine bark extract, green tea EGCG and white willow bark to directly target these same effects and aid the body in recovery. We also see immunomodulation, or a direct effect on the immune system, with ingredients like green tea EGCG and our nano CBD powder.
Additionally, you can find Beam’s Live guided workout plans on our instagram account (@beam) with varied activities like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and yoga flow.
Stress and the Immune System
We’ve all heard it before - stress is a real killer. It allows free radicals and cortisol in the body to go unchecked and cause deterioration of vital cells in the body, specifically the immune system.
With daily stress from the modern work and family life, to the increased anxiety of a global pandemic, stress is at an all time high in our society.
How can you find your zen?
Try our Clarity Blend, packed with our nano CBD technology and adaptogens such as lion’s mane, ashwagandha and rhodiola. These ingredients promote a strong mental focus that can help you crush your mental or physical workout and leave you collected.
Again, check out our instagram account for details on when we’re hosting guided meditations. Never tried meditating before? You should - studies show it can physically change your brain to adapt better, focus longer and stress less.
Diet and the Immune System
We all know we should be eating well, but no one is perfect. Ever been tempted in to an extra cheat day?
Fueling your body with quality vitamins and minerals derived from a healthy and well balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables is the best way to get what your body needs. But we also need to remember to supplement our whole bodies, including our endocannabinoid system.
How can we support a well balanced ECS? Try The One, our classic CBD tincture oil packed with up to 1500mg of CBD in a single bottle. This oil based version of CBD can be fit into your routine however you like - directly in the mouth, added to smoothies or even used in a salad dressing.
Boosting your body with phytocannabinoids like CBD trigger responses in the lymph nodes and white blood cells, promoting your natural ability to stay in homeostasis.
When we live our lives to be happy, healthy and whole we provide the strongest possible foundation to fight infection. Practice these core fundamentals of health as part of your self-care routine to live your best life.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases.
Endocannabinoids are believed to control immune functions and play a role in immune homeostasis. Immune cells express both CB1 and CB2 receptors, secrete endocannabinoids and have functional cannabinoid transport and breakdown mechanisms
The expression levels of CB2 receptors in immune cells are 10–100 times greater than CB1 receptors. Moreover, CB2 receptor mRNA was also detected in the cortex of lymph nodes and the nodular corona of Peyer’s patches
Summary: The immune system is built with cannabinoid receptors to be triggered by your own endocannabinoids such as 2AG and Anandamide. CB2 receptors show a high concentration in key parts of the lymphatic system, which is how your body gets rid of waste and toxins, as well as on macrophages like white blood cells.
Boil it down: Key parts of the human immune system like lymph nodes and white blood cells have cannabinoid receptors on them.
ECS is considered a “gate-keeper” of the immune system. PPAR and TRP pathways also have CB receptors and are vital in control of the immune system. Increasing eCB and pCB may downregulate the immune response and suppress immune reaction.