I was reading an article about Cannabis and COVID-19 update yesterday. As epidemiologists learn more about the virus we are moving somewhat…somewhat away from hyperbole and theory about contraction and prevention to facts. Remember when we all told to leave these packages outside…now the CDC admits it is “highly unlikely” to contract it from a package or mail. Smokers and tokers were warned that smoking may make them more at risk then medical science found a correlation between nicotine. While cigarettes are still a deadly product research showed that nicotine played a role in smokers having less infections than the general population.
I am just pointing this out to show how the process to separate facts from fiction is still unfolding with this pandemic. The folks over at Greenbridgemed.com have reported that their research has shown no evidence that cannabis has any effect on the treatment of COVID-19. Their research also found CBD while being anti-bacterial has shown no evidence to treat viral infection…so why am I talking about this shit? However, their research is proving beneficial medical uses for cannabis.
Cannabis, specifically cannabinoid compounds, have useful applications for conditions and situations related to respiratory distress. According to Grennbridgemed.com patients with or without the coronavirus have been treated for asthma and reactive airways. In an informal study ten patients were given CBD extracts. These patients showed improved “bronchodilation”, expansion of the air passages.
Obviously ten people is not a ground-breaking study, but is an indicator that more work research in this field needs to be completed. This article went on to speak to another medical factor that is influenced by COVID-19. Many people around the world, and in this country are experiencing levels of stress that are unprecedented in their lives.
A study recently published by AMGEN employer resources indicates that “Nearly 7 in 10 employees indicated that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is the most stressful time of their entire professional career, which has aligned with stark increases in new prescriptions of antidepressant, antianxiety, and anti-insomnia medications.” However, CBD extract is proven to lower stress and anxiety without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. In addition there are cannabis strains that balance sativa effects with body relaxation to provide calming effects while keeping the mind focused and engaged. I just grabbed some Pineapple from Select Co-op. Such a hybrid strain provides potent body-relaxation, does not induce the munchies, and provides mental and physical relaxation as the effects sit in without feeling mentally heavy or drained.
It is to be noted that much of the information for this article was sourced from Greenbridgemed.com. Specifically, the work of Allen Frankel, MD. Dr. Frankel is one of the few physicians who understands, views, and utilizes cannabis as medicine for patients. The research on cannabis as medicine is expanding daily and the work of doctors such as Allen Frankel is essential. Happy 4:20 y’all!