Why would I want to be using CBD at a time like this; a worldwide coronavirus outbreak? There are numerous reasons including the effects that thinking about this genuinely has on you. The stress of keeping yourself and loved ones safe and the sense of impending doom that the American toilet paper crises has seemed to inject in us is stressing our bodies out, bad!
Social distancing is now being applied, but many are feeling the damaging effects on their mental health of not being staying connected with those they care about. It’s no joke that this ‘pandemic’ has halted our lives and changed everything we knew about our daily routines and habits.
CBD is usually used for its overall general wellness, or to target specific symptoms such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, etc. When it comes to helping ease the anxiety of the Coronavirus, knowing how CBD interacts with our bodies may help alleviate and prevent symptoms you may be experiencing.
In order to understand how CBD can be used as a preventative measure, we first need to understand how CBD interacts with the naturally occuring Endocannabinoid System within our bodies. When we are in homeostasis, or balance, our body has a perfect balance between polar opposites. This balance occurs as inflammation and anti-inflammation properties within the immune system, inhibition GABA and excitation glutamate in the nervous system, and catabolic break-down and anabolic build up within the endocrine system.
The more ‘robust’ your homeostasis is, the healthier you are. This means that the more active and balanced your physiological systems are, you are more likely to maintain a healthy body. When one part of our physiological systems get thrown off, they all become unbalanced. It’s okay though, because our bodies will shift until a new point of balance if found.
Well, you may notice these ‘shifts’ as actual symptoms occurring within your body. Your homeostasis goes out of balance, and now you have high blood pressure, or you run a high fever. These symptoms often point to a bigger picture of sickness within the body.
What do we normally do when we experience sickness or a symptom of that sort? We go to our doctors, and they usually prescribe us pharmaceuticals to ease the symptom.
Typical prescriptions are formulated to only deal with one shift in homeostasis, not all of them. So what happens when you start taking this new drug, and another shift occurs? You feel pain in your hip now when you walk on a nerve, or you are irritable and moodier than usual. Did this drug cause another shift from its side effects?
You go back to your doctor, and are given yet again, another prescription to help you feel better (or cover your symptoms). This new drug then instills another two shifts that you have yet to experience before. This cycle repeats for many relying on traditional pharmaceuticals and addresses the epidemic of those addicted to opiods. After a while, the shifts balance out and we return back to homeostasis due to the artificial masks placed on all of the symptoms experienced.
A cold, virus, or unanticipated drug interaction can cause a body in this condition to stress out and cause an exaggeration in the shifts previously experienced; ending in a not so fun visit to the ICU. This itself can induce major panic amongst those who fall into this category, causing the immune system to weaken even more.
Pharmaceuticals cover symptoms, but CBD covers systems by balancing out the individual symptoms. The science behind how CBD interacts with our bodies is actually quite fascinating, and by the end of this article you should be able to tell all your friends and family about the benefits of CBD during this time.
When you ingest CBD, it goes directly to the nucleus of our cells where proteins are manufactured and modulates the transcription of over 1100 genes for signaling molecules that naturally balance out the body. These signaling molecules differ for each bodily system: neurotransmitters for the nervous system, hormones for the endocrine system, and cytokines for the immune system. In short, CBD helps alter the signaling molecules that our body needs by reducing inflammation in the central nervous system and immune system and restoring optimal homeostasis.
Cannabidiol up-regulates the gene that creates the anti-inflammatory biochemicals for our immune system, and vice versa with down regulating for inflammatory purposes. This can be applied to our nervous system with the GABA and Glutamate in the central nervous system as well.
Our immune system is made up of over 350 different signaling molecules, so if one shifts, they all shift. CBD comes in and creates a cascade of homeostasis within these shifts.
The ECS was discovered in 1992 in Israel as the largest network of cells with receptors for CBD in our entire physiology. Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids such as Anandamide, known as the bliss molecule, and 2AG, commonly found in mothers milk to induce calmness while breastfeeding. Cannabinoids have also been discovered within the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system, bone marrow, intestines, spleen, bladder, and the lymph systems; proving cannabinoids as essential for proper human health.
Urban Americans are inflamed from environmental toxins, chronic biological infections, and a high inflammatory diet, such as ‘leaky gut’. In these states, what do the ‘shifts’ do to one’s health?
Leaving inflammation untreated within the body can result in major ailments that require far more time and energy than if we prevented them in the first place. In regards to our immune systems, inadequate treatment may result in Autoimmune Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, IBD, Lupus, Thyroid issues, Fibromyalgia, MS, skin disorders, Psoriasis, Eczema, and chronic infections. The brain may be affected resulting in ‘brain fog’, migraines, epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Autism, and Insomnia.
Knowing this puts the use and benefits of the CBD into proper perspective as to how we can be helping ourselves at this time. CBD may provide tremendous healing and relief through the ECS that brings balance to the central nervous system and immune system. If you or a loved one is showing symptoms of coronavirus, please call your healthcare provider and follow all guidelines posted by the centers for disease control and prevention.