How Cannabis Affects the Immune System

Everyone has an immune system. The challenge becomes when a person’s immune system is not functioning well. This can cause issues with sleep, health, and overall well-being. Cannabis offers an alternative to other medications and drugs to boost immunity, particularly for those who suffer chronic pain or struggle with cancer. Find out how cannabis impacts the immune system and why it might help someone find increased health. 


How it Works

The body is a complex array of muscles, tissues, cells, and organisms that keep the body healthy. When this process is not working or something invades the body, like cancer, it can impact the body’s immunity. With a compromised immune system, a person can get sick more often with coughs, colds, fevers, or more severe illnesses. Cannabis is one way people build their immune system. Cannabis works on the receptors in the body to bind with cannabinoids like THC and CBD. This helps the body regulate its normal functions. Included in this are sleep, stress responses, the nervous system, metabolism, and overall immunity. With a boost from cannabis, people can experience a more restful sleep, less anxiety, and other benefits depending on their individual situation. 


Upside to Cannabis

One of the positive effects of using cannabis to boost immunity is how it may reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is one factor in the flare-up of many conditions, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and Type 1 Diabetes. With reduced inflammation, the body can begin to reset to a more normal rhythm. Cannabis may help boost immunity, not just reset it, though it depends on each individual case. With increased immunity, the brain can function better, as well, as research is finding more ties between gut health and the brain, as well as inflammation and the brain. To this end, people who experience post-concussive symptoms, stroke, or head injuries may benefit from lowered brain inflammation that comes with medicinal cannabis use. 


Challenges with Cannabis

The long-term effects are still being researched around the use of medicinal cannabis use. In addition to research around inflammatory processes, there is much to be learned about how the brain responds to the presence of cannabis as it relates to autoimmune diseases. Some people respond well to the use of cannabis, while others might experience headaches, lethargy, or other symptoms. Working with a professional helps find the right dosage, product, and method of use that will be most beneficial for supporting inflammation in the body. 

The best part of trying medicinal cannabis is getting to work with professionals who understand a person’s specific situation. They can provide education, resources, and information about dosage and type of products to use that may help boost immunity and reduce inflammation. Going through this process helps find what works to find optimal health going forward. 


Mary and Main offer products and services to support customers in finding the right fit for their individual needs. We are here to educate and inform you about your choices. If you are looking for products that reduce inflammation and support your immune system, call us. We will help you find the best product for you.

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