The truth about CBD and coronavirus
It is May and the year 2020 could not be any better. As many more people succumb to the global COVID-19 pandemic, you may be left wondering what will help flatten the rising infection curve. The virus is spreading like bushfire and with four pandemic-ridden months already gone by 2020, CBD enthusiasts are hyping the phytocannabinoid as a potential cure or vaccine to the coronavirus.
Is this just a story by some unscrupulous CBD marketers and manufacturers to ride the corona wave for sales? This article gives authoritative insight into CBD and coronavirus. Can CBD cure coronavirus? Let us get some answers.
Can CBD stop contracting or cure COVID-19
Let's get a brief refresher of what CBD is.
The phytocannabinoid compound is extracted from the cannabis plant. Medical cannabis is mostly extracted from the hemp variety of cannabis plants, those with less 0.3% THC. Since CBD for medical use is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, it doesn't give a high.
Now to the disease at hand, COVID-19 is an infection that manifests after exposure to a coronavirus discovered in 2019 in China. By the end of April this year, no specific drug is yet to be identified as the true cure for the infection that has claimed over 200,000 lives worldwide so far.
The novel coronavirus is spread from one person carrying it to a healthy individual. The disease spreads through droplets that leave the mouth or nose when one speaks, sneezes or talks. This is the reason why wearing masks during this time is highly recommended.
Owing to the massive social and economic effect of this disease stemming from the mandatory self-isolation and quarantining, there is a desperate thirst for a cure. Cannabidiol is under research as a potential treatment or therapy for chronic conditions and some other disease symptoms. This can be seen as what is fuelling the CBD for coronavirus stories. It is important to note that the World Health Organisation is yet to document any cure.
Beating the coronavirus disease has been limited down to boosting your immunity while maintaining social distancing regulations. On social media and other digital platforms, discussions are ongoing as to whether CBD can be one of the immune-boosting elements to help curb the spread of the virus. How true is this?
Let us be honest. Before any medicine can be listed as a cure for a certain disease of condition, lots of research goes into it. Also, it takes a substantial number of days, sometimes running into years, before the final green light is given to physicians to administer it.
Now, up to date, there is no single medical cannabis research done in relations to a cure for COVID-19. Yes, CBD can help with anxiety and depression which are the order of the day as we all keep indoors. Also, the many benefits of the cannabis plant extract stand strong as the disease casts its atrocious net far and wide.
With a lack of CBD and coronavirus research, it is very wrong for anyone to claim that the medical cannabis products help stop the coronavirus even with immunity-boosting. Compounding these false claims will have serious ramifications towards the fight against the pandemic which can greatly leave an egg in the face for plant medicine.
Think about, people flooding the streets filled with nothing but the hope that by taking CBD, they are immune to the infection. Many people trust the power of CBD. This is not the time to mould the well-known facts about the cannabis plant for the purpose of selling CBD products.
Staying safe from COVID-19
It is important for every one of us to obey the set guidelines by the WHO and government in containing the spread of th3 disease. Apart from social distancing, hand washing or sanitizing, wearing personal protective equipment (PPEs) for medical personnel and face masks for the general public, here is how you can keep coronavirus at bay at home.
- Exercising regularly
- Staying calm and keeping your mental health at its best by avoiding stress
- Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Getting adequate sleep and relaxation
- Setting up a comfortable work from home space and avoiding sitting or lying in the same position for long periods.
Covid 19 is real and it is here with us. Yes, it is not everything as usual but soon or later we shall hit the beach, go shopping and do all that we love while staying close to those that we love most. But before we can do that, let's adhere to the WHO and government guidelines to avoid further spreading of COVID-19. Here is to those at the frontline in a serious battle against the disease worldwide.
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