Over the last few weeks, it seems like everywhere we look we’re reading about CBD and Covid.
Now, many research studies have looked at CBD oil for cell support in general, but these Covid studies are narrowing down that research. These studies look at how it CBD might help prime cells against COVID, or how cannabinoids have the potential to block cellular entry of various Covid variants.
And while we’re not diving into that research, it got us thinking.
The knowledge of how CBD can support the cells is not new. Today we’re going to look into just what CBD does in the body. How does it offer protective properties to your cells, and what does that mean for overall health?
Cells and The Endocannabinoid System
Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each with their own structure and function. When you take CBD oil, it has a biological effect on your cells.
In fact, the endocannabinoid system is a complex cell-signaling system.
And CBD interacts with various different cells throughout your major systems. This includes your brain, heart, skin, and other major organs and your immune system.
For example, there are several different types of cells in your immune system, including T-cells. These white blood cells form an essential part of the immune system. CBD oil interacts with CB2 receptors in your immune cells to signal that your body’s experiencing inflammation, a common sign of autoimmune disorders.
CBD Oil for Cell Support
One of the biggest impacts of CBD oil for cell support is with regard to cell proliferation.
Cell proliferation is the rapid increase in cells. It’s the process by which cells grow and divide to replenish lost cells. This is highly complex activity in normal, healthy tissue.
However, when something is off in the body, with cancer for example, and damaged or diseased cells are present, proliferation can be detrimental.
There is also research into how CBD can potentially impact the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of ROS and the antioxidant capacity of the cell. There is a major link between oxidative stress and myriad health concerns – everything from inflammation to cancer. Research shows that CBD at high doses significantly stimulated gene expression of the genes involved in cellular oxidative stress, although at the same time it down-regulated ROS production. And that’s a very good thing!
In numerous studies, the evidence shows that “CBD is immune suppressive and that the mechanisms involve direct suppression of activation of various immune cell types, induction of apoptosis, and promotion of regulatory cells, which, in turn, control other immune cell targets.”
CBD and Stem Cell Research
Important research also exists examining a link between CBD oil and stem cells.
Stem cells are cells within the body that have not become a specific cell type. They’re ‘jack-of-all-cells’ if you will. They can travel around the body, seek damage and inflammation, and replace older cells, helping regenerate tissue. They’re found in bone marrow, fat tissue, and even your mouth. However, over time, the number of stem cells we produce and the potency of these cells can decline.
According to research, CBD, combined with stem cell therapy, could potentially boost both the activation and the cells’ ability to travel throughout the body.
Additionally, other studies have shown that CBD and stem cell therapy can work together to reduce neuro-inflammation levels in patients with neurocognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
While further research is undeniably necessary, it’s clear already that CBD oil for cell support is an important area of potential for therapeutic treatment, particularly when it comes to autoimmune conditions.