CBD has been found to increase the expression of genes that deal with oxidative stress, which may reduce cell damage from autoimmune attacks.
Autoimmune disease is on the rise, and unless you have been living under a rock it is impossible to ignore.
This post is going to break down what autoimmune disease is, causative factors, statics, how CBD may help support a healthy immune response, and other lifestyle modifications that may impact autoimmune disease.
In short when an autoimmune disease is present antibodies and immune cells target the body’s own healthy tissues by mistake. These tissues can include the heart, lungs, brain, nerves, muscles, skin, nerves, eyes, joints, kidneys, GI system, and the list goes on.
What are autoimmune diseases?
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radical production and antioxidants in the body.2 Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons.2 A photo is shown below. Think of free radicals as highly unstable angry molecules that float around in the body. Think of electrons as “friends”.
Electrons surround healthy atoms/cells in our bodies, and they prefer to come in even number pairs. A healthy atom/cell in our body is surrounded by an even number of electrons. Free radicals have uneven numbers of electrons and will stop at nothing to “get an even number of electron friends”. Free radicals will attack every cell in your body in order to obtain an even number of electrons, all at the expense of your body’s healthy cells and atoms. This process is literally what ages us and is one of the root causes behind autoimmune disease.