We’re now months into Covid-19: stay home orders are still in effect around the world, schools, business, parks, etc. are still closed across the country. Sadly, as of April 19, 2020, Covid has infected more than 2.4 million and killed 165,000 people worldwide.
And we keep hearing mixed reports about the value of CBD for Covid-19.
While it should be well known by now, it’s clear that some are still not aware of the real research (or lack thereof).
We want to run through everything we know so far…
CBD for Covid-19
Let’s start with the most important thing: there is NO evidence that CBD can cure Covid-19.
While some companies and news outlets are still blurring the lines (or saying outright that it’s a cure), anything you read telling you to take CBD to prevent it or cure it is false.
In fact, the FDA has stepped up and sent warning letters to those making such claims in an effort to set the records straight. This includes retired NFL player Kyle Turley, who took to twitter to yell his claims from the virtual roof-top. The FDA even headed across the pond, issuing a letter to a UK company for similar violations.
Others are facing legal action for attempting to cash in on peoples’ fears of the virus. This includes a doctor in California who was faces a fraud charge for selling COVID-19 “treatment packs.”
Of course, this type of predatory behavior isn’t just happening in the CBD industry. Plenty of companies are hoping to take advantage and market their products as Covid cures right now. That said, the CBD oil industry is unique in that these are the types of claims that fuel the condemnation of CBD as the 21st century’s snake oil…
Is CBD Being Used to Fight Covid-19?
As we mentioned, there’s not enough research to make the claim that CBD for Covid-19 has a potential for treatment.
What’s cool though is that researchers are looking into it.
Look to the home or the original CBD research, Israel, where doctors there are working on several different clinical trials to see CBD has the potential to treat the virus.
Research is happening in Canada as well. Researchers at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta say that, “while clinical trials still need to be done, data they’ve been collecting over the past four years shows promise that some cannabis extracts may help in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.” This includes CBD.
Researchers in both cases are hoping to find out if CBD for Covid-19 is a viable treatment option. While their hypotheses are positive, and they expect good results, they’re also careful to note that these are preliminary tests and no definitive results exist yet.
Previous Research Offers Interesting Perspective
It’s interesting to note that this isn’t the first time researchers studied CBD as a potential treatment for coronavirus. Back in 2007, researchers in China looked at using cannabis for treating SARS-CoV. That’s the coronavirus strain that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which caused the outbreak in 2003. During this study, researchers examined the antiviral properties of cannabis. Their findings noted “specific abietane-type diterpenoids and lignoids exhibit strong anti-SARS-CoV effects.”
That said, this is a totally different strain of coronavirus, so the same results do not apply to our current problem.