During this unprecedented time people are desperate to find ways to avoid, prevent and treat Covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic, which started as what we all thought was going to be a short quarantine, has extended into months of stay at home orders, and cases hitting closer and closer to home. The fear has resonated in the community with all of the unknown surrounding the pandemic, leaving us all desperate to look for ways to take our health into our own hands. Cannabis has been a hot topic in research since the pandemic because of its known benefits to the immune system. After reviewing the research that has been published the takeaway is that yes, cannabis may be beneficial, the method of consumption is important, and more research is absolutely needed. Keep reading for an overview of what research is saying now
HOW COVID-19 AFFECTS THE BODY?
Covid-19 or Coronavirus is a virus that attacks the respiratory system. Covid-19 is different from other viruses and colds because of the way it moves deep into the respiratory system where there are more ACE-2 receptors, leading to difficulty breathing. Although the majority of people have mild symptoms, some individuals are completely asymptomatic, while others have severe symptoms that can lead to death. Underlying health issues are a factor in the risk of having more severe symptoms if you are to contract the virus. Because there is no known treatment for this virus, it is best to do what you can to strengthen your immune system, however you can.
HOW CAN CANNABIS HELP?
Cannabis has a history of being used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain relieving properties, to list a few. Ingesting whole plant cannabis has been shown to be more effective in the possible treatment of Covid-19. Research has focused on what is called the cytokine storm, an inflammatory response in which the body begins to attack its own cells instead of just the virus. The most promising studies on cannabis and Covid-19 have shown that it may mitigate this cytokine storm. The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis may help reduce the severity of the symptoms when infected with Covid-19. Individuals who are not infected with the virus may use cannabis to reduce the anxiety surrounding the pandemic.
METHOD OF CONSUMPTION
Smoking, even cannabis, can leave damage to the lungs. Covid-19 directly affects the lungs, which means that the method that you consume cannabis matters. Research has shown that ingesting cannabis versus smoking may be more beneficial in the long-run. With the amount of unknowns that come with Covid-19, the thing we do know is that lung damage lists an individual as “high risk”. Switching to ingestible cannabis like our lineup of tinctures is one way you can take your health into your own hands.
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