The verdict is in: the Coronavirus has been relegated to the rank of pandemic. Steps to protect the population have increased at both the global and federal levels, and during these exceptional times, many people are giving in to panic. This is reflected in the stiffening of food stores and the spread of conflicting information about so-called miracle cures for COVID-19. In this context articles advocating the use of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for Coronavirus are emerging.
Let’s be clear: to date, there is no cure for COVID-19. And CBD, in form oil or flower, does not protect against this scourge. Nevertheless, this component of cannabis retains its usual benefits. So let’s look into how CBD can actually help during global crisis.
Coronavirus: what are we talking about?
Nowadays, it is impossible to escape talks about the novel coronavirus. It’s all over the news, and with good reason: the unprecedented impact of this virus on our lives. A week after the Swiss Federal Council declared the closing of every gathering spaces like bars or sports clubs, what do we know about COVID-19?
According to Antoine Flahault, epidemiological expert, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that have probably always existed. They infect animals and can then be transmitted to humans. Many illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory problems originate from these viruses. COVID-19, the latest disease caused by a coronavirus, first appears in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The main difference between this virus and others from the same family is how quickly it spreads.
Coronavirus: What about the symptoms?
COVID-19 often manifests itself with symptoms such as fever, breathing difficulties, dry cough or headaches. However, this is not an exhaustive list and even though one has contracted the illness, they may not show all the symptoms. Indeed, according to several studies, it would seem that a large proportion of those infected feel no symptoms at all. This is probably a major contributor to the spread of the coronavirus since even an asymptomatic patient can transmit the disease.
A treatment, a vaccine?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), to date there is no evidence that current drugs are useful in preventing or curing COVID-19. Self-medication should also be avoided. It is important to emphasize this information given the plethora of Fake News that are currently infesting the internet. From the antiseptic properties of garlic to the use of hot water and vinegar to defeat the infection, there is a multitude of articles and posts on social networks praising the merits of this or that miracle cure which will protect you from catching the coronavirus. And CBD, which popularity keeps on growing, has not been spared. This component of cannabis, which several studies have praised as an anti-anxiety treatment, seems to be effective in many situations. But can CBD be considered as a cure for COVID-19?
CBD: What is it?
Cannabis comprises a variety of active ingredients. The best known ones are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The latter, unlike THC, has no psychotropic effects and is increasingly recommended for its therapeutic benefits.
CBD can appear in various shapes and forms: as a flower or herb of course, but it is increasingly as an oil. This natural plant extract comes from the fibres, stems, leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, through an extraction process during which CO2 at low temperature and high pressure preserves the active ingredients.
How does CBD work?
The democratization of its use being a new phenomenon, there are currently relatively few studies on the subject. However, these studies already manage to accredit a number of virtues to CBD.
Our brain is made up of a multitude of neuroreceptors that are naturally influenced by various chemical solutions. The CBD, a component that is already present at the neuronal level, acts on the CB1 and CB2 neuroreceptors, which regulate the perception of pain, stress and anxiety, among other things.
CBD: benefits, virtues?
The undeniable psychosomatic effects of CBD are underlined by Professors Shannon and Opila-Lehman during their studies on the use of CBD oil to fight THC addiction or to reduce anxiety in children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the therapeutic virtues that can be observed following the use of CBD oil are the following:
See also: The Effect of CBD on the Body
CBD oil: a cure for coronavirus?
The World Health Organization has said it before and we will repeat it: there is no cure for COVID-19 at the moment. CBD has no antiviral properties and thus, cannot act on this virus. But, as highlighted by the studies mentioned above, cannabidiol has anti-stress properties and may help in a few cases like sleeplessness or anxiety. Benefits that can be considered as useful during these trying times.