CBD and Immune response?

CBD and Immune response?

What does the nation's medical research agency say about the interaction of CBD and immune response?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), CBD is involved in our immune response and the results are breathtaking. The study started out by listing some benefits of CBD: “beneficial for sleep, anxiety, pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, neurodegenerative disorders, and immune-mediated diseases” then went further into the immune response (Nichols, Kaplan, 2020).

Nichols and Kaplan (2020) stated that asthma-like diseases were given to mice then showed that the cytokines (signal molecules for inducing inflammation) were suppressed after given CBD, showing the potent anti-inflammatory properties (Nichols, Kaplan, 2020).

CBD was shown to help with intestinal inflammation, reduce inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease, shown to reduce inflammation in the colon tissue, indicating its role in digestive tract functioning (Nichols, Kaplan, 2020).

The study also went on to state that CBD was shown to reduce the immune response in rats with arthritis, reduce tumor necrosis factor (TNF) which may be involved in inflammation associated with cancer cell formation by affecting the cancer cells lines and tumor growth, reduce lung inflammation, increase T cells (white blood cells that kill bacteria, viruses, cancer), and lastly, CBD caused cell death in lymphoma cancer in rats and stated it was due to the antioxidant properties (Nichols, Kaplan, 2020).

The NIH concluded that CBD was shown to be an ideal treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) due to the immune suppressive and neuroprotective properties (Nichols, Kaplan, 2020). CBD was shown to down regulate the inflammatory response and up regulate the anti-inflammatory response, talk about an anti-inflammatory (Nichols, Kaplan, 2020).

*This information is for educational purposes only and simply sharing of the information pertained to this study. No medical advice or claims are being given.


Nichols, J. M., & Kaplan, B. (2020). Immune Responses Regulated by Cannabidiol. Cannabis and cannabinoid research, 5(1), 12–31. https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2018.0073

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