Updated: Aug 23
CBD and THC are just two of the 113 identified cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that are beneficial. They make up to 40% of the plants extract. CBD is unlike THC in that it does not produce a "high" feeling. CBD has been medically and scientifically proven to treat many different ailments such as anxiety, nausea, depression, pain, inflammation, seizures among many other conditions. With the broad range of health effects and the fact that it does not produce a high, it is no surprise that CBD use has become so popular globally.
Recently, The World Health Organization has recognized the coronavirus of 2019 to be a pandemic, and at this time there are no cures, treatments or vaccines available for this deadly virus. Scientists still do not understand certain aspects of this virus, and because of that, the potential effects of CBD on the coronavirus are still unknown. CBD has beneficial effects on our overall health but when it comes to viral infections, those effects may actually harm our health. To better understand this, it is important to know a little bit about your body's inflammatory response and how inhibiting inflammation with CBD may not be useful.
When our bodies have an injury or infection, it causes inflammation and raises our body temperature. This is the natural response of our immune system to try to remove that irritant. Viruses will invade normal cells and use those cells resources to make more copies of themselves. When this happens, the immune system kicks in and becomes defensive, causing inflammation and raising the body's temperature.
CBD is known to reduce inflammation, which could be good or bad depending on the virus. Some viruses use that inflammation to spread throughout the body, so CBD can be helpful in this case, because by decreasing inflammation, it is eliminating the virus' mode of transportation to wreak havoc on other cells. In some cases; however, that inflammation is needed to kill off some of the viruses that are causing infection.
CBD does, in fact, have an effect on our bodies immune system, but those reactions are not always benefiical to our health. Since more research is still needed on CBD and its effects on viral infections, it is advised that you do not use CBD if you are suffering from any symptoms associated with these type of infections.