Obviously, there’s no dependable research on CBD’s or THC’s effect on COVID-19. But we do know a few things about cannabis and general wellness. This year, obviously, things are a bit more serious. We're dealing with multiple citywide quarantines, global economic disruption, and a pandemic being compared to the damn Spanish flu.
Down the rabbit hole of alternative cannabinoids and non-psychoactive cannabis, there is a wealth of potential medicinal benefits both preventative and curative.
At least when it comes to the regular flu, CBD has been found to help support immune systems, ease symptoms, and replace over-the-counter pain relievers and sleep aids currently taking up space in our medicine cabinet. If you find yourself slipping under the weather, for whatever reason, here are a few things to know about how cannabis might help ease symptoms.
CBD for Immune System Support
Tons more research is required to accurately map the relationship between the immune and endocannabinoid systems, but it's well established that CBD helps reduce self-harming autoimmune and inflammatory responses. "CBD has been found to act as an immune system modulator," says Anna Symonds, director of East Fork Cultivars' CBD Certified program. "This means that it's like a thermostat—it can turn the level of activity down or up, depending on the body's needs."
Full-spectrum CBD oil that can be added to morning coffee, tea or juice as part of a regular wellness routine
Cannabis for Bronchodilation
According to Symonds, cannabis can act as a bronchodilator—a medication that opens the airways of the lungs by relaxing bronchial muscles when smoked with a vape or flower.
Cannabis as an Antibacterial
There has been research into the antibacterial activity of all five major cannabinoids, but a February study led by McMaster University professor Eric Brown found that cannabigerol is particularly effective in treating antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. "CBG proved to be marvelous at tackling pathogenic bacteria," Brown says. "The findings suggest a real therapeutic potential for cannabinoids as antibiotics."
Cannabis Salve is an effective antibacterial topical.
CBD as a Pain Reliever
CBD is popular for its effectiveness as a pain reliever, mostly due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Research indicates full-spectrum products made from the whole plant, with the entire range of cannabinoids—including low levels of THC—and terpenes intact formulated products are much more effective.
Cannabis and CBD oils help relieve pain and inflammation while relaxing the nervous system.
By Brianna Wheeler