Cannabidiol shown to be beneficial for the immune system

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Recent studies at the University of Colorado shed light on the positives of CBD

The past couple of years have been extremely beneficial to the cannabis industry as research expands and more is known about the effects the drug has on the body. A number of private and public entities are involved in non-stop investigations that have already revealed a plethora of advantages to cannabis usage and a recent study shows that it could also help the body’s immune system.

Two active compounds in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have been shown to suppress the immune system. This has led researchers to conclude that cannabis use could help to treat a number of autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Chron’s disease. Scientists believe that the disorders stem from overactive immune systems and the recent studies have revealed that cannabis helps to make the body more efficient at preventing internal attacks. As an additional plus, medical marijuana is now being considered to help those who have undergone organ transplants.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that cannabis can help to prevent the flu or the common cold and more research is needed in that area. The majority of the studies have focused on how cannabis targets individuals with other illnesses, including hepatitis B, the Ebola virus and HIV, but what they have already uncovered has been extremely enlightening. The anti-inflammatory effects found naturally in cannabis are able to reduce the damage caused by “opportunistic diseases.”

A study this past July found in the British Journal of Pharmacology revealed that THC and CBD are able to combat cancer. Researchers were able to show that cannabis can stop cancer cells from dividing and metastasizing, or invading nearby tissues. Cannabis was also shown to stop blood supplies to tumors, helping them die of starvation.