A robust immunity system is essential for fighting diseases caused by pathogens, viruses, healing inflammations and bringing back our health to normalcy. Unfortunately, the same immunity can sometimes start acting against us–like misidentifying normal body cells, causing autoimmune diseases.Not everyone suffers from or can suffer from autoimmune diseases. The significant triggers are genetics, toxic exposure, infections and pre-existing autoimmune conditions. Some of the most common autoimmune disorders are –
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Type-1 diabetes
- Alopecia areata
There are a lot of grey areas in the field of autoimmune diseases. These conditions do not have any direct cure, and doctors often suggest symptomatic treatments or immunity suppressive medicines. Recent research studies show that CBD and THC positively affect several autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and sclerosis.
To understand the functioning of CBD in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, we need first to understand what the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is and how does it work. ECS plays a significant role in the biological functioning of our brain, central nervous system and immunity system by maintaining homeostasis or internal balance. The system works through numerous receptors, neurotransmitters. The system controls our emotion, pain, appetite, memory, body temperature and functioning of endocrine systems. Neurons or nerve cells secrete neuro-transmitting chemicals like endocannabinoids. These chemicals work on a short term basis and get broken down by enzymes.CBD modulates the endocannabinoid system causing secretion of more neuro-transmitting chemicals and reducing the system’s enzyme capabilities; as a result, neuro-chemicals stay potent for a long time.CBD can reduce our immunity’s self-defeating tendencies by modulating the endocannabinoid system. However, it is easier said than done. Empirically, scientists have observed the positive effect of CBD on patients suffering from autoimmune diseases. Though, the whole reason behind the result is still not apparent. anti-inflammatory properties and pain-relieving that help to counter auto-immunity symptoms.
Dosage information is critical to any pharmacological interventions. It depends on multiple factors like severity of diseases, the potency of the active ingredients, patients’ body weight, other pre-existing health conditions and exposure to other medicines. So, we suggest everyone should consult professional medical practitioners before using CBD, or for that matter, any medicinal compound. However, as the rule of thumb says, you should start with minimal doses; it should not be more than 4 to 6 mg for every 10 kg of body weight and observe the effect on your body. Let your body adjust and increase the doses slowly.