CBD may help the lungs resist the devastating effects of COVID-19, a new study has found.
“Our laboratory studies indicate pure CBD can help the lungs recover from the overwhelming inflammation, or cytokine storm, caused by the COVID-19 virus, and restore healthier oxygen levels in the body,” said Dr. Jack Yu. He is co-author of the research, which was published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.[i] [ii]
A cytokine storm is what ultimately kills many COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Yu and his colleagues found that CBD not only reduces inflammation-promoting cytokines, it also improves blood oxygen levels. This enables the lungs to recover from coronavirus damage.
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of two active compounds in marijuana and hemp plants. THC is the other one. That’s the chemical that gets you high.
CBD doesn’t have that effect. And unlike marijuana and other THC products, CBD is legal nationwide without a prescription.
The new study backs up previous findings from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.[iii]
It concluded CBD is a promising treatment for COVID-19…especially since there are no current drug treatments for cytokine storms that don’t have serious side effects such as raising the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart disease.
The researchers said that CBD “has a high margin of safety…which suggests its feasibility to reduce (COVID-19) induced lung inflammation/pathology and disease severity.”
They also point to research that shows CBD relieves anxiety in COVID-19 patients.[iv]
How to Find Quality CBD
Make sure you choose carefully when buying a CBD supplement.
A 2017 study at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine found that 70% of CBD products were mislabeled. They either had far less or far more CBD than was listed.[v]
Professor Marcel Bonn-Miller led the study. “There are no standards for producing, testing, or labeling” CBD products, he notes.
Some CBD products have been found to contain unlabeled THC. They can cause you to fail a drug test and they can make you high.
CBD derived from hemp should contain less than 0.3% THC by volume. This is not enough to show up on a drug test or make you high.[vi]
Professor Bonn-Miller says there are many quality, accurately labeled CBD products. But you have to know how to identify them.
Make Sure Your CBD has These 4 Things
Whole-plant extracts. CBD products derived from whole-hemp plants instead of parts of the plant contain natural terpenes. These are beneficial antioxidant compounds. Look for the words “full spectrum,” “whole hemp,” or similar wording on the label.
CBD that is not derived from the whole plant may be labeled “CBD isolate.” CBD isolates are generally cheaper to produce than whole-hemp CBD.[vii]
Hemp extract. You want to make sure your CBD comes from hemp, not marijuana. Hemp CBD is legal in all states. And it won’t make you high or fail a drug test.
Made in the USA. Heavy metals and other contaminants have been found in some hemp grown in China or Eastern Europe.[viii]
Organic products. They won’t contain pesticide residues or other potentially harmful agrichemicals.
Most importantly, you should buy CBD from a source that you trust.
Big Pharma has no good options to treat the deadly inflammation caused by COVID-19. CBD is an effective, safe alternative whose time has come.
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