Don’t believe the false claims from irresponsible CBD companies. CBD cannot cure COVID-19.
But, an increasing number of doctors and researchers are exploring CBD for COVID. CBD may help patients cope with symptoms and mitigate the long-term pulmonary damage of the virus.
Here’s a rundown of research related to CBD and COVID-19.
Can CBD Help with the Fight Against COVID?
Some of the worst effects of COVID are caused by inflammation, and CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory. Studies show that CBD can reduce inflammation like a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. (Think aspirin and ibuprofen.)
Here’s how inflammation affects COVID patients: As a patient’s battle with COVID worsens, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) takes hold. ARDS is an inflammatory condition caused by overactive cell-signalling molecules called cytokines. Normally, cytokines tell the body when to induce healthy inflammation to heal injuries and fend off pathogens.
In the case of COVID, the cytokines become overactive as they signal the inflammatory response, creating something researchers call a “cytokine storm.” They cause an unhealthy amount of inflammation in a runaway chain reaction, compromising the function of the lungs and leading to long-term cellular damage.
Is CBD a Treatment for COVID-19?
Researchers at Augusta University in Georgia are exploring how CBD may help reduce cytokine signalling and alleviate ARDS. Using rodents as test subjects, they found that CBD can mitigate ARDS-like symptoms by “reducing the cytokine storm, protecting pulmonary tissues, and re-establishing inflammatory homeostasis.”
Another study examining CBD and COVID made similar conclusions. Canadian researchers found extracts which contained CBD reduced inflammation in artificial skin tissue, concluding that CBD may help mitigate the “cytokine storm” of COVID-19.
Does CBD Affect How Vaccines Work?
This is a common question. Rumors say CBD makes vaccines less effective. Yet among the 4 billion people who have been vaccinated so far, there’s been no sign of reduced efficacy correlating with CBD use. Experts confirm that CBD does not reduce the effectiveness of COVID vaccines.
Should You Vape CBD for COVID?
Using your lungs to consume CBD isn’t the best idea. Hemp smoke contains tar, and even vaporizers — which are supposedly healthier than smoking — irritate lung tissue. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against CBD vaporizers.
During a pandemic of a respiratory illness like COVID, smoking hemp and vaporizing oil just doesn’t make sense — especially if you’re feeling ill. Instead, try consuming CBD orally. Tinctures and drinks are the healthiest way to get your daily dose of CBD.
What is Research-Grade CBD?
Academic researchers use isolated CBD molecules in most of their studies. So-called “isolate CBD” is pure CBD and nothing but CBD. If there are other compounds in their formulations — such as THC or chlorophyll — researchers can’t discern which compounds are causing which effects.
Using CBD isolate establishes a “control” so scientists can observe the effects of CBD — and nothing but the effects of the CBD.
At UPSY, we craft our products with purified CBD for safety, consistency and scientific excellence. Our tinctures, drinks and topicals are 100% THC-free so that you never have to worry about failing a drug test or feeling intoxicated.
Essentially, a CBD isolate tincture is simply CBD without other cannabis compounds. Unlike other CBD products you may find on the market, UPSY’s CBD isolate tinctures don’t contain other plant metabolites that could affect therapeutic outcomes. They’re completely purified.
Administering CBD for COVID
Immobilized patients sometimes can’t consume foods or medicines like the rest of us. Like people suffering from cerebral palsy or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), patients with severe COVID-19 may not be able to chew or drink normally.
High-concentration CBD tinctures work well for disabled and immobilized people. A few milliliters under the tongue is all they need to get relief. So, we formulate our ALIGN Balance Act Tincture in a high-concentration strength especially for people who need large doses of CBD or those who cannot easily take CBD otherwise.
Check out our highly concentrated 1,500mg ALIGN Balance Act Tincture. You don’t need to be battling COVID to benefit from Balance Act CBD; its organic-hemp formulation provides the immune support you need to stay balanced and healthy every day.