Article summary: Can CBD and other cannabinoids supplement or replace vaccines – for those who either can “not” or will “not” stay updated with ongoing vaccinations recommendations?
Currently, there are over 700+ clinical trials – in various stages – QUICKLY attempting to fully understand CBD (and other cannabinoids).
Listing a few CBD clinical trials include: (Source: ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Drug resistant Epilepsy.
- Parkinson disease.
- Psoriatic Arthritis.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Graft vs Host Disease.
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome.
- Heart Failure.
- Solid Tumor.
- Crohn’s Disease.
- Age-related Macular Degeneration.
- Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.
- Prader-Willi Syndrome.
- Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
- Motor Neuron Disease.
- Fragile X Syndrome.
- HIV Infections.
- Corticobasal Degeneration.
- Hepatic Impairment.
- Lung cancer.
- Multiple Sclerosis.
- Knee Osteoarthritis.
- Nonarteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy.
- Multiple Myeloma.
- Post-ERCP Pancreatitis.
- Chronic Migraine.
- And much more.
In 2017, the journal of Frontiers In Immunology reveal the ECS (endocannabinoid system) is “widely” expressed in both the innate and adaptive immune system.
Learn more about the two immune subsystems below (general/innate and adaptive).
Both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids “deeply” influence functions of the immune system by regulating:
- Antipathogen immune responses
- And much more.
Research objectives are to summarize recent findings in cannabinoid signaling and to open questions to future challenges in cannabinoid based approaches to long-term health.
Furthermore, final remarks state the past several decades have left no doubt to the evidence of the ECS as a central orchestrator of both adaptive and innate immune systems.
Phytocannabinoids have a “deep” influence over both types of immune responses.
More questions are beginning to open up and are awaiting answers to the pharmacological modulation of the endocannabinoid signaling, restoration a homeostatic balance in the future of managing various pathological inflammatory diseases.
Infection methods and vaccine preventable disease definition.
VPD (vaccine preventable diseases) are classified as an infectious disease where there’s an “effective” vaccine to prevent it.
Infections are invasions to various body tissues via some form of transmission.
Methods for transmitting an infectious disease include:
- Viral (only able to replicate “inside” living cells).
- Bacterial (tuberculosis, pneumonia, salmonella, tetanus, typhoid fever, diphtheria, syphilis, leprosy, and more).
- Fungal (yeast, candida, filamentous Aspergillus, and more).
- Arthropods (ticks, mites, fleas, lice, etc).
- And potentially more.
Modern animation technology is allowing medical researchers the ability to show extensive amounts of detail in how diseases can infect the human body.
Watch Janet Iwasa’s TEDx Talk on Animating Biology at the molecular level.
One of the most recent biological animations Janet produced showed the “entire” life cycle of the HIV virus – in amazing detail. (Click here to watch).
As we can see from this molecular level animation, the life cycle of viruses and other pathogens can be VERY difficult to understand and handle effectively – with long lasting results.
What is a vaccine – a brief history?
The Journal Of Global Infectious Diseases details an introduction to the Fundamentals Of Vaccine Immunology and basic components.
Understanding basic vaccine immunology involves:
- The immune system.
- Passive immunization.
- Active immunization
- Mechanism(s) immunizations stimulate(s) immunity
- And the different types of available vaccines.
In the 15th century, attempts to vaccinate against smallpox involved taking dried out “crusts” from various lesions and either inserting it into a small cut or crushing it and inhaling it.
In 1718, Edward Jenner experimented with cowpox to create an immunity to smallpox.
The CDC (Centers For Disease Control And Prevention) provides a resource for understanding modern vaccine basics.
Understanding vaccine basics include: (Source)
- How vaccines work.
- Types of vaccines.
- How vaccines are made.
- How vaccines protect the unvaccinated.
- Vaccine ingredients.
- List of all US vaccines.
- Photos of vaccines and VPD (vaccine preventable diseases)
- Vaccine history.
- And much more.
What is the immune system?
Separated into two systems, the immune system has a general/innate type of resistance and an adaptive system. (Source).
Both systems interact together to provide ongoing effective immunities.
General immunities provide the first line of defense and are not specific to various pathogenic (causing disease; bacterium, virus, other microorganisms) agents.
A general immune response targets patterns all microorganisms have at the molecular level and do not have a “memory.”
The general system can be enough to handle the pathogen without needing help from the adaptive immune system.
Sometimes, the general system can trigger the adaptive system to get involved in taking care of the pathogen.
Adaptive immune responses are “specific” to various pathogens, have a memory, and will respond more quickly to specific pathogens.
VPD (Vaccine Preventable Disease) basic understanding via “epidemiology” and its importance.
UCLA reports, Dr. John Snow is the father of modern epidemiology was born in 1813 and was the son of a coal worker.
Health professionals have operations who study health determinants (affecting the nature or outcome), event of populations, and control over health issues.
Epidemiologists are seen as those who provide disease surveillance and keep a close eye on developing hazards and risks – in the environment.
Epidemiology deals with:
- Disease occurrence.
- Disease spreading and distribution.
- Potential abilities to control specific diseases
- Other consideration in regard to health.
- Public health surveillance.
- Analytics, evaluations, and potential links.
- Investigating in the field.
- Developing public policy.
- Evaluate prevention effectiveness.
- Disease patterns.
- Disease frequency in populations.
- Identifying cause and origin of disease outbreak and potential interventions.
- Disease history.
- Risk reduction.
- Studying people groups (genetics, global health impact, and many more).
- And more.
Disease immunity and susceptibility
Total disease balances between the number of people who are likely to contract the disease and the number of people immune to the disease.
Those who are immune, are not at risk.
Immunity is achieved by: (Source pg. 26)
- Previously having the disease.
- Receiving an immunization (vaccine).
- Lack of susceptibility at the genetic level.
If total populations had immunity, there would be no outbreak.
As more people become susceptible, the higher chance of an outbreak.
Isolated populations who are exposed when infected individuals enter an isolated and susceptible group of people.
What is herd immunity described by Epidemiology?
Medical authorities state 94% of the population must have their vaccinations in order to benefit from the idea of “herd immunity.”
Medical School textbook, Epidemiology (5th Edition) by Leon Gordis, describes herd immunity a group immunity to disease attack due to a large portion of the group having an immunity.
Stated in another way, herd immunity is “likely” to protect the whole population when a large amount are immune.
Can viruses mutate and do vaccines protect against all future mutations?
Reported in the Journal of Cellular And Molecular Life Sciences, mutation rates vary between specific viruses.
Mutation is determined by several technical processes.
Some viruses mutate at a higher rate than others.
One example; RNA and single-strand viruses mutate faster than DNA and double-strand viruses.
Depending on certain “pressures” viral mutations rates and evolutions can vary.
What are Idaho legal vaccines exemption?
Idaho provides a form you can quickly download.
This legal document provides more information about vaccine exemptions in Idaho.
Medical exemptions are when specific vaccines can endanger the health of the child – either permanent or temporary. And requires a physician’s signature and medical license number.
Religious or other vaccine exemption in Idaho stands on religious reasons – questioning questionable vaccine ingredients.
Learn more: Link to vaccine ingredients.
Most parents with religious vaccine exemption reasons are concerned vaccine ingredients including:
- MRC-5 human diploid cells (lung tissue from an aborted Caucasian male fetus – 14 weeks old).
- Human cells stains.
- Recombinant human albumin
- Human serum albumin
- Sodium chloride
- Hydrolyzed gelatin
- Monosodium L-glutamate
- Sodium phosphate
- Sodium bicarbonate
- Potassium phosphate
- Potassium chloride
- Bovine serum albumin
- Fetal bovine serum
- And much more.
If you’re “not” going to vaccinate or you can “not” vaccinate – due to medic, religious, or philosophical reason – can CBD and other cannabinoids be a “reasonable” supplement or alternative?
What external things will help the human body take care of infectious diseases?
Medical professionals are typically ready to prescribe for most health issues.
General types of medications for infectious diseases:
- And potentially more.
What do medical professionals recommend if you think you’ve been infected by a VPD (vaccine preventable disease) and you’re not up to date on vaccinations?
If you’ve come into some type of contact or think you might have been infected, regardless of whether you’re up to date with your vaccines, are there more options to reduce risk of full on infection?
The CDC recommends you receiving the vaccine or a dose of immunoglobulins – within 72 hours of suspected infection.
Can CBD be helpful in responding to a potential infection?
With 700+ CBD and other cannabinoid clinical trials and research showing the ECS (endocannabinoid system) being the central immune system orchestrator.
It may not be unreasonable to consider cannabinoids.
If you’re REALLY against the idea and choose to fight for vaccine exemptions, it might be wise to consider cannabinoids as a supplement or replacement – until something better comes along.
Until more is not about phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and the ECS (endocannabinoid system), we’re at the mercy of those pioneering research.