Since COVID-19 vaccinations are not available to everyone yet, wearing masks and practicing social distancing remains imperative.
However, in the event of an infection, it’s good to know what you can do at home to manage some symptoms of the coronavirus.
But first, it helps to have a rudimentary understanding of what COVID-19 is and how it works.
How COVID-19 Functions
The spiked proteins of the coronavirus attach themselves to healthy cells, particularly within the lungs at ACE2 receptors. This essentially acts as a cellular doorway by which COVID-19 can enter our system. Eventually, the virus will take command and begin killing healthy cells within the lungs and respiratory system (1). From there, the virus will travel to your ears, nose, throat, and the rest of your respiratory system.
The coronavirus goes deeper into your respiratory system than the common cold because there are more ACE2 receptors in the lower airways (1). And therein lies the threat; because COVID-19 penetrates deep – it can impact our ability to breathe as well as lead to potential complications.
These complications include:
- shortness of breath
- and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) (1).
How CBD Might Help
Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to decrease tension between blood vessel walls, CBD is ideal for managing some COVID-19 symptoms. CBD is also believed to “reduce ACE2 expression and pro cytokine production.”
A recent study out of Augusta University Georgia also suggests that “Cannabidiol Modulates Cytokine Storm in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Induced by Simulated Viral Infection Using Synthetic RNA (2).”
While more research is necessary, CBD appears to be emerging as a solid tool in the fight against COVID-19, capable of naturally bolstering lung strength and reducing inflammation.
COVID-19 isn’t going away just yet, so it’s important to keep wearing a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands! If you or someone you know does become positive for this coronavirus, it’s possible that CBD could be your ally in managing some upper respiratory symptoms.