A few studies have been highlighted in the news recently stating the effects of CBD potentially aiding in relief of COVID-19. One study in particular conducted by researchers at the University of Lethbridge in Southern Alberta, Canada shows promising data collected over the past four years that some extracts containing high levels of CBD and low levels of THC may help in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The researchers say based on the preliminary data and pending further investigations, anti-inflammatory high-CBD cannabis extracts can modulate the levels of the receptors in highly relevant tissues that have now been shown to be key gateways to how the COVID-19 virus enters the body.
Igor Kovalchuk, a researcher in the study stated, “Imagine a cell being a large building. Cannabinoids decrease the number of doors in the building by, say, 70 percent, so it means the level of entry will be restricted. So, therefore, you have more chance to fight it.”
The early discoveries indicate the potential for hemp based products to be used for both clinical practice and at-home treatments.
We all know that the impact of COVID-19 extends farther than the effects of the viral infection on an individual itself, but also impacts the economy and mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a parallel pandemic of fear, anxiety, and depression. A study conducted in Denmark, by a pair of researchers affiliated with the Nordic Cannabis Research Institute reviewed 25 clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of CBD in various populations. They concluded that there is some evidence that supports anxiolytic (reduced anxiety) of acute administration of oral CBD and in comparison to other drugs, a better side effect profile was presented.
Like the influenza virus, COVID-19 (coronavirus) is here to stay and if we plan to get our lives back we will have to find new and innovative methods of prevention and treatment. More research needs to be conducted to confirm the findings of these studies, but incorporating CBD products into your daily Self-Care routines could be beneficial in the meantime.
To do so you can easily follow one of our DIY Self-Care recipes using our Raw Hemp Flower. A tincture used orally by dropper or teaspoon and/or as a mouth rinse or gargle could be a great addition and start.