COVID-19 and CBD: What You Should Know
The world we live in today has forever been changed and reshaped by the emergence of COVID-19, a novel (new) never previously seen Coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. On December 31sts, 2019 the Chinese government confirmed it was dealing with dozens of suspicious cases of the virus. By January 30th, 2020 things had progressed to a degree that prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency.
As thousands of new cases were reported, international concerns continued to grow, with countries such as Italy being initially hit the hardest. Fast-forward to April 2020 and the COVID-pandemic is now a threat faced by the world as a whole, with governments around the globe coming together to fight this invisible threat.
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With over one-million confirmed cases worldwide (as of the date of this publication), many individuals have questions regarding what they need to know about COVID-19 and CBD. After all, millions worldwide count on CBD to help them improve their quality of life and overall well-being.
This guide will help walk you through everything you need to know about COVID-19 and CBD. But first, let’s take a look at the current state of affairs.
How are Things Out there?
Although we’re hopeful and staying optimistic about the future, things out there right now are anything but ideal. As of the data of this publication, over 1 million cases have been confirmed worldwide with an average of more than 30,000 newly recorded infections per day and growing exponentially.
The US at a Glance (According to the CDC):
- Total confirmed cases: 374,329 and growing
- Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 12,064 and growing
- US-based jurisdictions that are reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
According to some experts, the peak of the “first wave” is expected to hit between mid-April and early May, but may extend beyond that based on current climate conditions and the impact of social distancing and other preventative measures.
Current Advised Health and Safety Measures for Covid-19
According to the Red Cross and CDC
- Cloth Face Covers
Although N-95 masks should be reserved for medical personally and first responders, both the Red Cross and the CDC now recommends face masks for use in public places where the chance of exposure is greater. Doing so can prevent the spread of COVID-19 from individuals who may be currently without symptoms or even a carrier of the virus.
- Stay Home and Isolate
Current recommendations are to limit travel only to that which is deemed essential. Groceries and medications, as well as essential medical care, should still be carried out per usual.
- Practice Social Distancing
COVID-19 is most likely to spread when in close contact with others. As such, current recommendations are to stay a minimum of 6 feet apart (estimated two arm lengths) and to avoid any gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Wash Hands Frequently
Better than hand sanitizer is a thorough 20 second-plus washing with regular soap. Soap acts as a surfactant and may work to break down the cellular walls of the virus as well as washing it away. When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer may be used as a backup.
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- Stock Up On Essentials (but don’t horde unnecessarily
Standard CDC guidelines apply here. Don’t horde, but prepare as you would for any emergency per CDC Guidelines regarding food and water preparedness.
- Clean and Disinfect More Frequently
In your home or place of business, set a schedule to clean multiple times each day. This is especially true of high traffic areas or high use items such as doorknobs, handles and countertops.
Consider Stocking up on CBD
As more businesses close down due to being deemed “non-essential” it may be prudent to stock up on a 30+ day supply of cannabis and/or CBD.
Further, demand has skyrocketed for cannabis and related supplements, meaning stocks are limited and low. Lastly, having a supply at home means less unnecessary contact with the outside world.
Can CBD Prevent or Cure COVID-19?
We know from multiple scientific and clinical studies that CBD can influence the immune system and may prove beneficial in certain situations. However, more research is needed and no studies to date have looked at CBD’s role on those who may be infected with any particular virus.
So, the short answer is NO, CBD has NOT been studied as a potential therapeutic tool for the prevention or cure of COVID-19 or other viruses. That said, CBD has been shown to have the potential to positively influence a number of biological systems and physiological processes that may contribute to overall health and well-being.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, always consult with your physician before beginning any supplement routine.
Are Dispensaries Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Although this may vary on a state by state basis, most states have designated those dispensaries that deal with “medicinal/medical” marijuana as an essential component of the healthcare system and will remain open. However, some states have opted to enforce the closure or stoppage of “recreational” marijuana sales. Some locations have also moved to “curbside pickup” only.
How can I Buy my CBD Safely During the Pandemic?
There are a few steps you can take to ensure you stay safe while getting your supplies.
- Purchase online from reputable suppliers
- If bought locally, ask about curbside pickup options
- Consider wiping down the outside of packages and your bottles with Lysol or other sanitizing solution
- Always wash your hands after opening up packages delivered in the mail
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This Whole COVID-19 Situation has my Nerves Fried and Anxiety on “High Alert” - can CBD help?
We can’t recommend CBD as a treatment for any type of medical disorder, but let’s look at what the current research and science say…
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that CBD has demonstrated the ability to reduce stress in animal models.
- A 2011 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology showed that CBD use resulted in overall lower levels of anxiety.
- Additional studies have demonstrated that CBD may prove effective for aiding with symptoms related to PTSD, including anxiety.
- According to Mayo Clinic, one study found that in a test group of 72 individuals, 57 patients concluded that CBD aided with symptoms of anxiety.
The above represents a small sampling of some of the research that has been conducted to date on CBD and anxiety. Although more research is needed before we formulate any type of consultation on efficacy, the initial results and anecdotal evidence looks promising.
That said, CBD is not currently approved by the FDA for use to treat anxiety and any individual considering its use for such symptoms should first discuss with their healthcare provider.
COVID-19 Has Me Stressed and I’m Losing Sleep – can CBD Help me Get Some Rest?
A recent Gallup poll revealed that 14% of Americans utilize CBD with 11% citing using the supplement to aid with sleep. This isn’t surprising considering that millions of Americans and millions more around the world already suffer from inadequate or restless sleep. With the added stress and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals are having difficulty calming their mind and body in order to get the rest they desperately need.
But does CBD work for improving sleep? Research and anecdotal evidence seem to point towards CBD’s purported ability to help individuals relax and get a good night’s rest.
For example, some research shows that lack of endocannabinoids in your system may disrupt various physiological processes including sleep patterns. Other research looked at the application of CBD in a psychiatric setting as an adjunct treatment for anxiety and sleep complaints. They found promising results but further research is necessary.
According to Mayo Clinic, getting adequate high-quality sleep is an important aspect of immune health and can potentially help you fight off or prevent infection
Tips for Sharing CBD with Others
Presuming you’re practicing social distancing, and only sharing with those you already live with, there are a few things you can do to keep safe:
- Use separate bottles / utensils
- Do not share any rolled CBD flower smoked in a joint or blunt
- Consider a “bong condom” to keep the mouthpiece clean and the air filtered
- Do not touch the mouthpiece of your vape or any other utensils or droppers that may come in contact with your mouth
- Always wash your hands before and after use
Together We Will Overcome
Although the COVID-19 pandemic may feel overwhelming, we will get through it together. Now is a time when humanity shines. When people come together to help and support each other. Which is one of the core reasons why we created our company. To help and support those with high-quality health and wellness products including CBD. Stay safe, and stay well family. As always, if you have any questions regarding CBD and COVID-19, don’t hesitate to reach out or contact your primary healthcare provider for advice.