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CBD and The Coronavirus

by Summer Kucky on March 12, 2020

You have probably heard by now about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is making it's way across the way across the world and into the United States. There are so many things we can do to help prevent the spread of this virus, can consuming CBD be one of them?

 

What is Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new form of virus that has not been seen in humans. This disease can commonly be mistaken for the Influenza virus because of the similarity in symptoms, which include coughing, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia. The COVID-19 is especially dangerous to those with weaker immune systems. This means that elderly patients and newborns are high risk for infection, alongside those with respiratory issues.

 

The Immune System and CBD

There have been many studies that show that CBD effects our immune system, but how? Specifically, studies have shown that CBD has had anti-inflammatory effects on the immune system, and can be classified as an immunosuppressant and as an immunomodulator. Well, what does that mean? As an  immunosuppressant, CBD attempts to suppress the functions of the immune system, which is not something you want to strive for. 

 

Not All Hope is Lost! 

While the effects of CBD as an  immunosuppressant sound scary, it is mostly due to the fact that the majority of studies have been focused on the negative effects of  CBD's as an immunosuppressant. So, for the average healthy person, CBD is not necessary as an Immune supplement, but for those with autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and others, CBD is one of the best choices for a natural choice of treatment. How?  Inflammation can be a leading cause for many autoimmune diseases, and the anti-inflammatory properties in CBD can help reduce that inflammation.

 

What We Know

There is still much research left to be done on the effects of CBD on our immune systems and our health. But what we do know is that there are many benefits to using CBD, but this should not hinder you from consulting your doctor first. In terms of the Coronavirus, we know that we can prevent the spread of infection by,

  1. Wash your hands regular and use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  4. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.

For more information about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and how to prevent infection, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html   

 

 

Sources 

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases. (2020, February 24). About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Retrieved March 12, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
Can CBD Boost Your Immune System? (2019, September 6). Retrieved from https://essentialhealth.com/cbd-hemp/can-cbd-boost-your-immune-system/
Project CBD. (2019, May 2). Cannabis & the Immune System: A Complex Balancing Act. Retrieved from https://www.projectcbd.org/science/cannabis-and-immune-system

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