One of the telltale signs of a weakened immune system is the common cold, which is the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work. While most people recover from a common cold in a week or 10 days, we all know how long those days can feel. There’s only so much Netflix binging you can take.
Whether you’re suffering from a fever, a hacking cough, a stuffy nose, body aches or all of these symptoms, your immune system is hard at work to ward off your illness. While over-the-counter medications may relieve some symptoms of the cold, they don’t quite rebuild your immune system. CBD oil, a non-psychoactive part of the hemp plant, is linked to the immune system through your body’s endocannabinoid system. This means you can use CBD to not just fight sickness, but also defend your body from future sickness by building up your immunity.
Immunity and the Endocannabinoid System
Involved in a variety of biological functions like mood, appetite and sleep, the body’s endocannabinoid system also regulates immunity, including inflammation and autoimmunity as well as antitumor and antipathogen immune responses. The ECS is generally considered to be a homeostatic “gate keeper” of the immune system, inhibiting the onset of pathological, overwhelming proinflammatory responses associated with sickness. The common cold is, of course, not the only result of a weakened immune system. Impaired immunity can lead to a number of health issues, including frequent and recurrent pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, skin infections, blood disorders and digestive problems.
The Effects of CBD on the Immune System
While THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, binds to CB1 receptors to produce physiological and psychoactive effects, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in an entirely different way. By inhibiting endocannabinoid signaling and increasing endogenous anandamide expression, CBD boosts immunity and provides relief from various challenges — including insomnia and inflammation — without a “high.”
CBD oil has been proven to have antiviral properties, which may help defend the body from sickness. If you’re already suffering from the most common symptoms of a cold or flu, such as a stuffy nose or headache, CBD helps reduce inflammation and pressure.
Sometimes, a weakened immune system can lead to lost sleep. By taking a higher dose of CBD before bed, you can feel relaxed and drowsy enough to fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. If you take a lower dose first thing in the morning or throughout your day, you’ll actually feel more energized, so you won’t nod off during daylight hours. That may translate into improved sleep at night. And because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, body aches associated with colds and flus may also be significantly reduced, leading you to feel good as new while your body still fights off sickness.
How to Get Faster Relief
Most forms of CBD and edibles on the market offer only minimal absorption, which means the immunity-boosting benefits of the hemp plant literally go to waste through the body’s efficient digestive system. However, RESET Bioscience offers high absorption in its hemp-derived CBD RESET Balance through a process called nanotechnology. Containing millions of tiny pharmaceutical liposomes as its delivery system, RESET has produced a pharmaceutical-grade product with as much as 80 percent absorption. Not only will nanotechnology offer fast relief, but it will also help to rebuild your immunity, protecting you from future bouts of sickness when taken daily. Nobody says you have to stop binging Netflix, but at least you won’t miss the best scenes to blow your nose.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.