Immune System Basics
Your immune system is your number one defense against viruses, bacteria, and more. It has the important job of protecting our bodies from invaders, including everything from the common cold to the novel coronavirus. A healthy immune system identifies and attacks harmful bacteria and viruses. White blood cells rush to latch onto and kill the intruder, correctly identifying and separating the healthy tissue from the foreign agent.
In a body with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system is overactive. It struggles to categorize healthy, normal tissue from disease. Because of this, the white blood cells attack healthy tissue, creating a large and unnecessary inflammation response. Some common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, celiac disease, and vitiligo. In fact, tens of millions of people have autoimmune disease disorders.
These conditions have no known cure and are notoriously difficult to treat. Even in people without diagnosed autoimmune disorders, a hypervigilant immune system can cause serious effects throughout the body. Yet, we are just beginning to learn more about the positive benefits of plants and hemp-derived cannabinoids that can help people with such a disorder.
The most studied cannabinoid, CBD (cannabidiol) is being researched for its ability to help calm an overactive immune system by interacting with the endocannabinoid system – your body’s immune system regulator.