Cannabis is known for the benefits that it has, especially when managing different medical conditions.
As awareness of this grows, more and more consumers are versed in the potential of cannabinoids and the treatment of inflammation, autoimmune conditions, and gastrointestinal problems.
But how will cannabis affect your immunity completely?
For a regular person who consumes this, you might wonder if it can help with immunity to contagious pathogens. The research hasn’t’ really interested most scientists, but as we learn more and more about cannabis, we start to wonder just how cannabis can impact your immunity as well.
There is some evidence presently that suggests it can suppress your immune system, which is good for those who may have autoimmune conditions, but not so good for those of us with an immune system that functions normally.
Cannabis and the Endocannabinoids
There is a connection that does happen in the body between what’s called our endocannabinoid or ECS system, and the immune system itself.
The ICS is considered a gatekeeper to your immune system, which prevents any inflammatory response that come from disease, and it can impact the immune cells functions.
The CB1 and the CB2 receptors are actually what’s in control of the immune system.
THC and CBD actually do have effect son the immune system where are distinctive due to the interactions with cannabinoids as well. There is a lot of literature which affects the functions of immune cells too.
In a 2020 review, there was a lot of evidence found that the CBD suppresses different inflammatory reactions within your immune system that might cause cell death to the immune system and the immune cells.
While the death of immune cells doesn’t mean a bad thing all the time since that is a part of the life cycle of a cell, it does help reduce the inflammatory responses within the cell too.
THC and CBD also do suppress the inflammatory reactions, and THC also may affect the functions of immune cells that are responsible for activity against the microbes and antimicrobial functions.
So how does it Affect it
When scientists look into the connection of this, we look at immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive functions.
The first means that it modify the response of the immune system. Cannabis does suppress the expression of this, and that will be immunosuppression.
You need to understand that the ability of marijuana to suppress the immune system is good for those that need it. But otherwise, it might not be good.
But this also may have what’s called a modulating effect on your intestinal lymphatic systems, which is where a lot of the immune cells are. The lymphatic portions of your system contain about half, and sometimes more of your lymphocytes, which are those white blood cells that destroy any foreign entities and substances within the body.
The studies have found that there are very high endocannabinoid levels within your autoimmune system, with the CBD concentrations almost 250 times higher in your plasma, and about 100 times greater with THC in this too.
So what this means is that it can be good if you have this if you do suffer from autoimmune disease, due to the fact that there will be higher concentrations of lymphocytes in you immune system to help suppress the inflammatory responses within you.
But for those who have strong immune systems, it may suppress it, which may not be good, so you should judge for yourself.
Again though, research still needs to be done on this, since there is very little to go off of, and very little studied.