Some companies claim CBD is a treatment for COVID-19. This is a dangerous claim. With the unprecedented events caused by COVID-19, there is understandably a lot of misinformation about what can be or is best to combat this virus. There are those that have a strong need to be part of the solution and therefore look for research to support the idea they preconceived as the best option. There has been a lot of information coming out about the effectiveness of CBD killing the virus or stopping the contagion. So let’s set the record straight.
Is CBD a Treatment for COVID-19?
At this point, there is no vaccine, cure or treatment for COVID-19.
Is it possible that CBD can be effective against this virus? This is where information is misinterpreted. We know that CBD works against many types of bacteria and fungus. CBD has demonstrated an ability to fight MRSA infection and other fungal infections. CBD has also been helpful in the treatment of some viral infections.
In situations as scary as this, there is a need to give solutions as soon as possible. There is a need for some to capitalize on the fears people have. Don’t allow manipulation tactics by those that choose to use this pandemic as a method of turning a profit on fear. The research scientists have done to prove the effects of CBD on various illnesses, viruses and funguses are being taken out of context to fit the narrative that CBD can be used to cure every variety of illnesses. This is dangerous! The information is incomplete, incorrect and can be deadly to those that take this as fact.
Research on the Treatment of COVID-19 with CBD
So, let’s take a look at the research in regard to viruses.
There are networks in the body that include hundreds of receptors that signal the body to respond to changes. The body uses these networks to maintain homeostasis, or balance when there are changes or attacks on the system. CBD interacts with these networks to respond in a way that controls the functions in cells.
CBD helps the body systems maintain homeostasis when under attack by a virus. So, it works, right?
The research shows CBD helps to fight some viruses and fungal infections. However, testing includes only a limited number of viruses/infections. CBD has been tested on animals to see its effects on hepatitis C, HIV, herpes, influenza. The problem, there is just not enough information to support the use of CBD as a method to fight all viruses.
How CBD Treats Viruses
Some viruses, in order to spread and cause the most trouble, need/cause systematic inflammation in order to infect other cells. CBD is known and supported by research to help in the prevention of inflammation. Sounds good, right? The severity of this type of virus may be reduced by the use of CBD. The problem we run into here is that we do not know if the coronavirus causes or needs systematic inflammation to spread. It would be irresponsible to say that CBD can help in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
CBD is also sometimes immunosuppressive. This means that the use of CBD can make the chances of fighting the virus worse. This is a huge problem! Without knowing how COVID-19 spreads within the body it is dangerous to claim/assume that CBD will work on this virus as it has on others.
Scientists will continue to research the effects of CBD on the body in the combat of viruses and infections. It is irresponsible to claim that CBD can treat and prevent the spread or contraction of COVID-19. There is just not enough research to support the use of CBD as a treatment for COVID-19.
BY: KELLY COULTER
Kelly researches and writes about the use of CBD in the fitness and health community. She holds a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. When she isn’t running an in-school Bootcamp class for 7th and 8th graders, teaching science for 6th and 7th graders, or coaching kids classes at her local gym, she is chasing her son Dominic around and leading a life of example with regular training, food prep weekends, and an active, healthy lifestyle. She previously ran the athletic department for her Charter School but has since passed the torch to her Assistant Director so she can pursue other opportunities to spread the word of fitness and health in her local community.