When we encounter national challenges such as the Covid-19 virus, there are attempts by many to try to capitalize on the situation. The story of two men buying up all the hand sanitizer and trying to make huge, obscene profits from selling it online, is an example of this type of profiteering.
Another example is people making unsubstantiated claims about their products and that product’s relation to the particular challenge. We will see that in the CBD industry, if we haven’t already.
CBD AND INCREASED IMMUNITY
Rebekka Shaman, chair of the British Hemp Alliance, suggested that CBD’s anti-viral and antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties could protect us from the Covid-19 virus. This was from an article on the web page, Food Navigator.com. Since there is some evidence supporting the fact that CBD does have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this statement may be taken out of context based on the research available.
CBD HAS STRONG ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES
Research indicates that CBD does have strong antibacterial properties and is an effective anti-inflammatory. But, we don’t have a great deal of evidence or research on its effectiveness on viruses. We don’t want to be mislead on this point.
A PREVIOUS BLOG POST HAS SOME OF THE ANSWERS
In a blog entry posted on 12/20/19 about the antibacterial properties of CBD we find this information:
An article published on Neuroscience News. Com reported that CBD is a powerful new antibiotic. I will use much of that article here. The research, led by Dr. Mark Blaskovich at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Center for Superbug Solutions, in collaboration with Botanix Pharmaceuticals Ltd, found that CBD was remarkably effective at killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria, including bacteria that have become resistant to other antibiotics. The new research indicates that CBD is active against infections such as Staphyloccocus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae and that it has a potency similar to that of established antibiotics such as vancomycin or daptomycin.
We can see from this information that CBD does indeed have a huge potential as a new antibiotic.
CBD AS AN ANTI-VIRAL
CBD can reduce inflammation. We know this from a great deal of research. However, in some viruses, we need inflammation to help ward off the disease. In other viruses, the inflammation is detrimental. So, until we have more information, we are left with more questions than answers. In my estimation, we have to be careful about listening to claims made about CBD and its ability to fight a particular virus. We should stick to the aspects that have significant research and known results such as, reduction of anxiety, reduction of muscle and joint pain, and helping us to sleep. As CBD has general health benefits, taking it will certainly be better for us than not taking it. CBD helps us with our daily health and thus can helps us in staying healthy.