CBD and CBC as Immune Boosters? (A Scientific Inquiry)

by Michelle Thibault on September 15, 2022

Every day, we are constantly in contact with an endless barrage of viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms that cause serious diseases. Thanks to our built-in immune system, we can fight off these infections which could produce severe damage to our health that may ultimately cause one’s demise.

Our immune system is a complex system of cells, tissues and organs, that interact together to keep foreign particles at bay while regulating the body’s response to invasion. White blood cells, specifically the body’s T and B lymphocytes fight off these microscopic invaders. Their main action is to destroy antigens (toxic foreign substances) and help the body remember these particles so when another invasion occurs, the immune system responds quickly and suitably.


The Endocannabinoid System and Immune System

The scientific discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a new breakthrough in Health and Medicine recently, and scientists are still learning about its mechanisms and actions. What they have learned so far is that the ECS facilitates and sustains homeostasis or balance among the various organ systems. Endocannabinoids are secreted throughout the body to help modulate or regulate cell function, counting the cells in our immune system.


Cannabidiol and the Immune System

CBD is proven to maintain a healthy inflammatory response. In lab research, CBD keeps a healthy inflammatory response in the lungs while improving the lung function of mice exposed to a lung irritant.

Take for example, a viral respiratory infection. What really causes a person’s suffering during the course of a flu infection is the body’s inflammatory response to the microbe and the toxins it has released into the body.

The body produces severe reactions mediated by what we call pro-inflammatory mediators such as histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrienes and the reason why we have: 

  • Fever and Body aches

  • Throbbing headaches

  • Heavy chest pain and tightness

  • Incessant coughing

  • Runny Nose

  • Sneezing

  • Itchy Eyes

  • Nasty secretions (phlegm)

Researchers conclude that CBD has a potent anti-inflammatory effect while facilitating healthy functioning of the lungs during an inflammatory process, experienced during a viral flu, bacterial infections, or even acute injury due to inhalation of chemicals.


Cannabichromene (CBC) on Immune Health

CBC possesses strong antibacterial properties and is effective against several varieties of bacteria and fungi. In a 1981 study, CBC was discovered to help fight both staph and E.coli. Much later, a 2008 research in Italy and the UK reported that CBC and other cannabinoids were as effective against MRSA- a bacteria causing serious infections. CBC was even surmised to be as powerful as antibiotics such as Vancomycin!  

When it comes to fighting pain and inflammation, CBC works synergistically with other cannabinoids to create an “entourage effect,” considerably reducing inflammation. A 2010 study showed that when CBC is combined with THC, it led to a far greater anti-inflammatory response than either cannabinoid alone. A research in 2011 on rats found that CBC and CBD effectively blocked the pain associated with collagen-induced osteoarthritis.
Like CBD, CBC is effective in a range of benefits which include:

  • Antibacterial – CBC Fights Bacteria and Fungi. It exhibits “strong” antibacterial effects on gram-positive, gram-negative and acid-fast bacteria;

  • Anti-fungal- CBC shows “mild to moderate” activity against different types of fungi.

  • Anti-Viral – It may play a role in the anti-viral effects of cannabis.

  • Anti-inflammatory – CBC can reduce edema (swelling) as well as inflammation of the intestinal tract.

  • Pain Relief –CBC has stimulating effects at the nervous system’s TRPV1 receptors, which are involved in the regulation of pain.


NOTE: CBD and CBC are powerful non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating cannabinoids, which means they will not cause you to feel “high.”


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