When our bodies go into “fight or flight” mode in response to stressful situations, our hearts beat faster, our blood pressure goes up and our breathing quickens. These physiological changes are triggered to prepare us for danger — whether the danger is as intimidating as a ferocious lion or as harmless as a traffic jam. While these responses can be helpful in the presence of a real threat, researchers say, experiencing them on a consistent basis can wreak havoc on our overall health, putting us at risk for anxiety, depression and even heart disease.
As we have talked about previously, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for regulating most functions in the human body. One of these functions is our immune response. Cannabinoids (like CBD) interact with our ECS. When our ECS is active, it helps to aid our body in bringing itself back into balance (homeostasis). When our body is in balance, it is more likely to make sure proper immune function and regulation is occurring.