In this article, we take an in-depth look into any possible interactions between CBD and the dreaded COVID 19 virus. We’ll also go over common misconceptions about CBD use and COVID, and the accuracies as well – if there are any.
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COVID 19 brought a huge change to the United States last year. With that change came many different approaches to immune system reinforcement/treatment, and interestingly enough, studies show that CBD may aid in just that.
CBD and COVID 19 – The Misconceptions
There are a lot of misconceptions about using CBD for COVID treatment/management. In this section, we’re going to go over these inaccuracies so you know the truth about how cannabinoids, like CBD, interact with COVID.
CBD Does Not Cure/Prevent COVID
I want to first state that there is no legitimate, peer reviewed evidence that suggests CBD, or any other cannabinoid within cannabis can cure COVID. If this were the case, don’t you think CBD would be all over the news and part of major pharmaceutical COVID campaigns?
The CBD industry has many companies that claim CBD can basically do everything (which is a lie). Some of them even claim CBD can cure COVID. It cannot.
Companies like this are responsible for the CBD comparison to snake oil. These companies give false expectations just to get the sale, then CBD ‘doesn’t work.’ It’s not fair to the customer, and it’s not fair to legitimate CBD organizations, like New Phase Blends.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about some more misconceptions about CBD and COVID viruses.
CBD Does Not Shorten the Sick Time
If you take CBD, it will not aid in shortening the time you are sick.
Viruses work by first, getting into your body. In the case of COVID, this seems to be having a close proximity to someone who has COVID. They can breathe on you, cough on you, and maybe even touch you – these would all result in a possible spread of the VIRUS.
First, you get a viral infection. Then, your body begins to fight it off and build antibodies in cells to prevent it from being able to continue to infect you. This process takes time, and using CBD for COVID does not shorten this time.
Your white blood cells are fighting infections. At the same time, antibodies build in the cells that were already infected. CBD doesn’t aid in either of these situations.
CBD and COVID 19 – Accuracies
Some of the accurate statements around COVID and CBD revolve around the studies on cannabis, as a whole – not simply CBD. CBD is one of 124 cannabinoids within the cannabis plant species. That being said, CBD could be the culprit, but so could 123 other different cannabinoids. We don’t know.
Accurate Statements on COVID and CBD/Cannabis
- Researchers in the US recently conducted a study which disclosed that a cannabis plant compound inhibited infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human lung cells. Study link here.
- Through the combination of CBD and 7-OH-CBD, the expression of certain genes within the viral cells were inhibited. Furthermore, changes in gene expression within the lung cells that resulted from the presence of COVID-19 were reversed. Study link here.
- Another critical finding is that CBD had “effectively reversed” the triggering of a hyperinflammatory response. This is a “cytokine storm”. The presence of the virus triggers it. It restores cells not only to a pre-viral level of inflation, but a state as if the cells had been treated with only CBD. Study link here.
Can CBD Prevent COVID?
The honest answer, at this point, is that there isn’t enough evidence to support this claim.
Many different studies show that CBD has somewhat of a positive effect on the immune system. However, exactly what that effect is and how CBD use can trigger it still needs more research. This is definitely a good first sign in the initial stages of studies, though.
We do know that CBD interacts with our Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. This bodily system has different kinds of receptors. These are the receptors CB1 and CB2.
Endogenous cannabinoids anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and enzymes are also part of this system. AEA and 2AG may influence the production of some of these endocannabinoids.
All of these work together to do many different things. It seems that immune system reinforcement is one of these positive effects.
Conclusion | CBD and the Human Immune System
I know this article was a little more science-heavy than usual. It’s important we are very careful when talking about CBD and COVID. I don’t want anyone to get the wrong impression.
New Phase Blends is not a CBD company that will tell their clients anything just to get a sale. This wonderful, plant-based chemical, just may offer a lot of benefits to us, if we take it daily.
CBD and the Immune System
- It may keep our immune system in harmony via the reduction in activity of T cells, B cells, and both T helper and T cytotoxic lymphocyte subsets (Ignatowska-Jankowska B, Jankowski M, Glac W, Swiergel AH).
- CBD may enhance properties of healthy lungs. This includes a decrease in complete lung resistance and elastance, leukocyte movement, myeloperoxidase movement in lung tissue, and protein concentration. It keeps healthy amounts of cytokines (TNF and IL-6) and chemokines (MCP-1 and MIP-2). This basically means it may aid in respiratory function, as a whole (Ribeiro A, Almeida VI, Costola-de-Souza C, et al).
- Like endogenous cannabinoids, CBD also may support a healthy intestinal inflammatory response in human trials. If your gut is healthy, your body will likely maintain a more positive health track (Irving PM, Iqbal T, Nwokolo C, et al).
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Ribeiro A, Almeida VI, Costola-de-Souza C, et al. Cannabidiol improves lung function and inflammation in mice submitted to LPS-induced acute lung injury. Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2015 Feb;37(1):35-41.