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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers and healthcare experts from around the world have been focused on searching for the best method to prevent, treat and cure the novel coronavirus infection. Various vaccines are being developed to tackle the threat of this disease, while a number of pre-existing drugs are currently being tested (and some already being used) to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 .

Many methods are also being considered around the world to provide an immunity boost against the viral infection and to aid the recovery of patients who have had to battle the disease in hospitals or at home. Two new studies provide insight into protection against and recovery from COVID-19 infection. Here’s what the data shows:

Cannabis for COVID-19 protection?

A new study published in the journal Aging suggests that Cannabis sativa extracts can successfully fight SARS-CoV-2 and therefore prevent COVID-19 infection. The study, conducted by Canadian researchers at the University of Lethbridge, was based on the fact that C. sativa extracts, especially the ones high in the anti-inflammatory cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), are effective in altering gene expression and inflammation. Working under a Health Canada research license, these researchers developed 800 new cultivars of C. sativa and used artificial 3D human models to examine if cannabis extracts can affect the ACE2 expression associated with COVID-19 .

The researchers found that 13 cannabis extracts developed by them were successfully able to decrease ACE2 protein levels, while some extracts down-regulate serine protease TMPRSS2 (another critical protein required for SARS-CoV-2 entry into the host cells). The researchers concluded that their results are promising enough to warrant further investigations into the efficacy and dosage of cannabis extracts to fight COVID-19 . It must be noted that this is not the first study to propose that cannabis extracts can provide protection against COVID-19 . A study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity in July 2020 also suggested that cannabis-derived CBD can reduce the deadly lung inflammation or the cytokine storm associated with the disease.

Immunonutrition for recovering COVID-19 patients

Immunonutrition is the method through which an altered supply of nutrients is used to modify inflammatory or immune responses in the body. The notion that this method can be useful in preventing the infection and treating COVID-19 patients is certainly not new as researchers and governments from around the world have issued nutritional recommendations for people during the pandemic. A new study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health suggests that prehabilitation of those above the age of 65 years (a high-risk group for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality) through immunonutrition can improve their chances of recovery immensely.

The researchers behind this study highlight the fact that a strong immune system is one that has a steady supply of nutrients to the T cells, B cells, the complement system and phagocytes. Supplying these nutrients through diet can not only protect people from viral infections but also ensure that their recovery from COVID-19 , even if lengthy, is full and proper. The researchers recommend the addition of the following nutrients:

  • Supplements containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D to be taken daily; the upper limit of 50 micrograms per day should not be crossed.
  • Foods like broccoli, blackcurrants, oranges, bell peppers and others packed with vitamin C should be consumed every day.
  • Zinc-rich foods like crabs, shrimp, fish, beans and boiled eggs should be eaten every day but the upper limit of 25 mg per day for zinc should be kept in mind.
  • Every individual should be evaluated separately to assess their supplementary nutritional intake needs and dosages must be recommended only after that to reduce risks of toxicity

For more information, read our article on How to improve immunity

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Medical CBD – Is There a Legitimate Medical Use to Cannabidiol?

Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence.  The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between.  We will

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Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence. 

The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between. 

We will discuss what medical CBD benefits there are, and if they’ve been verified by science. 

Is CBD Light-Weight Marijuana? 

Thoughts on Smoking CBD Bud Instead of THC Weed

First, remember the differences between CBD and marijuana, both of which come from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, CBD, a type of cannabinoid, is found in both cannabis and hemp. 

On the other hand, THC is another form of cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, and is the part that worries people – since it can cause psychoactive effects, including heightened senses, euphoria, and if you take too much, paranoia. 

By nature, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects, because it either comes from hemp (which has no THC), or it comes from cannabis, in an isolated form with little to no THC content included with the extracted CBD. 

CBD Legality

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Therefore, CBD usually has no relationship with THC, except in the case of “full-spectrum CBD.” Full-spectrum CBD may contain multiple cannabis extracts, and in some cases may contain a certain degree of THC – hence it will seem more potent than isolated CBD.

If CBD oil contains more than 0.3 percent THC that means it is legal marijuana, and can only be sold to adults within the states where marijuana is medically legal or legalized for recreational use. Marijuana plants usually have more resin, which is where much of the THC and CBD comes from, as opposed to hemp plants, which are for more industrial purposes. 

Can You Get High from Medical CBD?

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It wouldn’t be completely forthright to say that CBD has no psychoactive effect at all. If a person takes a CBD product containing 0.3 percent THC or less, they will usually not feel it at all. However, some people are very sensitive to THC and may feel a slight effect if it’s near 0.3 percent. 

Some people claim CBD relaxes them or even interferes with their dreams. However, in the case of vivid dreams, some also speculate that deep “REM” phase sleep, resulting from a more relaxed dreamer, could be the reason for this. 

What Do People Claim CBD Can Do?

Anecdotally speaking, many people have claimed CBD can treat a variety of problems and conditions. Some conditions include:

  • General pain 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Cancer symptoms 
  • Acne
  • Heart health 
  • Inflammation 
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Cancer and tumors 
  • Diabetes 
  • Neuroprotective effects 

These testimonies are not surprising, given that the cannabis plant has always been linked to some health effects for pain and relief. 

If anything, marijuana has been understudied because of its illegal status as a schedule 1 drug for so many years. Only recently have cannabis compounds like marijuana been legalized in various U.S. states, and other countries around the world. 

What Medical CBD Testing Says

CBD Benefits Easily Explained

Agencies, like the FDA, still claim that CBD is not recognized as a treatment for most medical conditions. In fact, the agency still sends out warnings to CBD companies making any medical claims in regards to CBD’s ability to prevent or treat diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even pain or inflammation. 

However, it has been acknowledged that CBD can be an effective drug treatment, especially since through the FDA-approved pharmaceutical drug, Epidiolex, which was scientifically proven to treat certain types of epilepsy such as Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. 

The potency of CBD is so great the FDA has issued warnings regarding possible liver damage for heavy doses. 

Presumed Medical CBD Effects 

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The bigger issue is whether we can acknowledge that CBD does affect the endocannabinoid system, along with other physiological processes. This means it’s likely the drug/supplement will positively affect the body in some way, though specific treatment is not clear at this time. 

For example, if we know for a fact that medical CBD can treat seizures, and seizures result from electrical disturbances in the brain, it’s quite reasonable to speculate that CBD could affect the CB1 receptors in the brain. 

If it could be proven that CBD has neuroprotective effects, we could rightly say CBD treats diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other conditions. 

If it could be proven that CBD reduces inflammation, CBD might be listed as a medical treatment for certain neurodegenerative symptoms, or even diabetes. 

However, more research is needed and all the FDA has done after years of promising to develop regulatory guidelines for health CBD supplements, is continue to file “nothing reports.” 

Should You See a Doctor Before Taking CBD?

CBD and the High Effect

Doing anything outside of your usual lifestyle routine should justify a doctor’s visit. A doctor may be skeptical about medical CBD’s ability to “cure” any problem, but will probably not discourage you from trying the drug, just to see if you experience any pain relief. 

If you’re in good health, and there are no drug interactions that might harm you (such as other drugs that affect the liver), taking low-dose CBD oil or related products might help. 

Conclusion

Who knows – maybe CBD health supplements are being suppressed by Big Pharmacy and the FDA because of Epidiolex’s patent as a medical drug. Or, it could be that CBD human trials are so limited and do not follow the criteria required to verify the science yet. 

Whatever the scenario, medical CBD products are limited at the time being. However, many personally advocate for CBD, stating its value as a pain relief health supplement, not to mention potent treatment for several other conditions. 

Why not see for yourself and start browsing medical CBD topics on CBDEducationOnline.com?

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Can someone point me in the right direction?

I’ve been depressed for years and I cycle between low and even lower in terms of my mood.

Right now I am having serious brain fog and can’t gather the words to properly articulate just how low I am feeling, mainly because my depressed mood these past few months has just built up to the point that i’ve shut down and am disassociating again.

I have a therapist but cbt therapy has never helped even though i’ve dedicated 4 years of my life to it. I’m seeing, yet again, a new psychiatrist after trying several different SSRIs and psychotropics over the years that I never benefited from.

This one prescribed me an antipsychotic called Latuda that’s used to treat bipolar depression. I have not taken it because i’m traumatised from bad experiences with psych meds in the past.

I don’t think i’m crazy. I’m just a chronically and deeply depressed individual for whatever reason. Or for no reason. My depression makes no sense. I should be thriving right now. I’m 26. Too young to be feeling this worn down.

I also deal with an anxiety disorder that my therapist describes as “the most severe case of anxiety he’s encountered.” Lmao. I was diagnosed with GAD years ago and I have anxiety literally every moment I am awake. At any given moment, I am experiencing one physical symptom of anxiety if not more. I take so many trips to the ER i’d consider it a second home.

Shortness of breath and throat tightness has been a fun one i’ve been gifted with more recently. To relieve this, I started smoking cigarettes more. Makes a lot of sense, I know.

OCD and ADD are also debilitating. Insomnia. I can’t sleep without my Ambien prescription and even then I have terrible quality of sleep.

I have so many mental health issues and I don’t know how they’re all connected or what caused what or even the root of my issues. Is the ADD a symptom of my depression? Or is it the other way around? Same with all my other diagnoses. Who fucking knows.

Bottom line, i’m a mess and every day I keep telling myself I can’t go on like this but I can’t seem to die and every day I struggle so much it doesn’t make sense to keep going when it only gets worse.

I think I am extremely sensitive to THC because every time I have smoked it ends in a full blown panic attack and an existential crisis that leads me to the hospital. I already deal with depersonalization so feeling outside of my body is a recipe for disaster in my book.

I need to get my mood up and feel more energised and balanced and be productive before I get fired. My boss keeps telling me my negative attitude and lack of energy is off-putting. I get absolutely no work done. All I do is sit in my chair, miserable, counting down the minutes until I can speed back to my apartment and sleep.

Please recommend me something. Anything. I’ll try anything. I did once try a grossly overpriced CBD tincture and the effects were…questionable.

I thought this would be a short post asking for some quick advice but I got carried away. I know I personally can’t always read long posts so I understand if nobody responds. But if anyone that’s even slightly knowledgeable can guide me a bit…just skim through this please 🙁

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