With the Coronavirus pandemic spreading steadily across the globe, people are desperately doing everything possible to ensure that they don’t catch the COVID-19 bug which, in fatal cases, can lead to death.
Amid all the frenzy, a subject that has been avidly discussed amongst researchers and cannabis users alike is CBD’s ability to potentially protect against the virus.
Are there any legitimate grounds for this? We discuss.
Why CBD is on the radar as a potential shield against Coronavirus
CBD (Cannabidiol) is just one of the many chemical compounds found in the hemp plant, but what makes CBD special is its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, this is something that has been proven by not one but many studies – where CBD has clearly demonstrated its ability to build higher immunity in people who have been consuming CBD oils and consuming the whole plant in an edible.
When it comes to how CBD reacts with the immune system and particularly its effect on the HIV aspect of Coronavirus – there’s yet more good news going around. According to this study, CBD has the ability to boost adenosine levels in the brain – which is associated with decreased inflammation and neuroprotection.
Another study went on to explain the mechanism through which CBD has anti-inflammatory effects on the body. But how is this relevant in the context of Coronavirus? To put it simply – higher adenosine levels interferes with the virus’s ability to multiply.
Although there haven’t been any clinical trials to formally assess CBD’s ability to fight off or protect against Coronavirus, the myriad of research that already exists points to the fact that this cannabinoid has promising potential to remedy a number of human ailments. Therefore, we can certainly expect positive outcomes when it comes to raising our immunity in a time that is fraught with confusion and misinformation.
How CBD could potentially protect against Coronavirus
Since cannabinoids are already present throughout various parts of the body, the immune system tends to work at its best when the functions performed by the endocannabinoid system are at their optimum level – CBD reacts directly with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) through the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, which in turn promotes anti-inflammatory effects in the body – a key protector against symptoms of Coronavirus.
Even though more research is needed to study how the endocannabinoid system and immune system are linked, many studies have concluded that targeted chemical compounds like CBD help in cutting down autoimmune responses and inflammatory responses – the two main culprits associated with diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV. We already know there is an HIV aspect to Coronavirus.
Even though there is growing evidence in regards to CBD acting as an immune system booster, current research has not established whether it can effectively fight off Coronavirus.
As it stands, there are many ways of boosting one’s immune system – and CBD happens to be one of them. So we’ve got nothing to lose by consuming the health and immune-boosting herb.
how else can we support our immune systems?
we can also support our immunity by avoiding alcohol, staying active while we stay home (facetime friends and have a dance parties in the living room) and taking up a simple relaxation or meditation practice to decrease stress hormones.
If you are into supplementing, you could consider adding some adaptogen mushrooms, along with liposomal glutathione (not a direct immune boost but may help support the liver).
Eating a diet rich in micronutrients, zinc, vitamin C, flavonoids like quercetin (in both cannabis and apples) and getting good sleep are all good things to start now if you haven’t already.
Melatonin, our sleep hormone made while we sleep can help healthy immune function too. Deep breathing practices and laughter may also have a positive effect on our immune systems also. So, you can feel like you have done something by putting on a funny film and having a good deep belly laugh to get those lungs working while you self-isolate.
Even if you do everything ‘right’ you may still end up getting coronavirus, but the good news is that most people not in high risk groups will have a mild illness course and recoup at home. Some carriers may not even have any symptoms at all or even know they had it, which is why social distancing is so important, since asymptomatic transmission rates are thought to be quite high with coronavirus.