CBD for Coronavirus. Does it help fight Covid-19?

As Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the country, researchers and scientists are scrambling to develop a cure or treatment that could lessen symptoms and prevent the disease altogether. Cannabis is surprisingly on the list for potential treatments.

Leading evidence suggests that cannabis derived CBD may help those suffering from severe lung inflammation from COVID-19. According to a recent study at Augusta University in Georgia, CBD may have a positive impact on ARDS or acute respiratory distress syndrome. ARDS is a dangerous symptom of COVID-19 caused by an overactive inflammatory response. This is commonly referred to as a ‘cytokine storm’. The study highlights that there are only supportive measures for ARDS and there is no definitive cure which illustrates the need for more treatment.

CBD may help treat this dangerous symptom by reducing pro-inflammatory cytokine production, fighting off the storm. The goal is to reduce specific cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1b, and IL-17, thus bringing down inflammation and ending respiratory distress and damage. The results of the research were promising.

The research was conducted on mice who were given a treatment to artificially induce ARDS, similar to symptoms seen in patients with severe cases of Covid-19. The mice ultimately experienced a cytokines storm, reducing the blood oxygen level by 10% causing structural damage to the lungs. The mice were then given CBD treatments after coinciding respiratory distress.

Researchers on the study believe that CBD could play an immunotherapeutic role in treating severe respiratory viral infections like COVID-19.

The results showed that CBD was very beneficial and symptoms were totally or partially reversed in the mice. They returned to normal after CBD treatment according to the research study.

How to Host a Socially Distanced Thanksgiving

7 Tips for a socially distanced Thanksgiving.

Here we are a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving and we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Luckily there is a vaccine on the horizon, but this doesn’t change that many families will be making sacrifices this year for Thanksgiving. If you decide to host or attend a Thanksgiving gathering there are some tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Tip 1: Consider limiting guest size to accommodate the space in your home for socially distanced seating arrangements.

Tip 2: Plan activities for the outdoors. Think bonfire, yard games or Thanksgiving themed scavenger hunt. You could even eat outside if the climate is right.

Tip 3: Setup sanitation stations throughout the home. Near the entrance, bathrooms, tables and kitchen areas.

Tip 4: Notify guests of mask policy. Have extra masks on hand to be provided if necessary.

Tip 5: Serve food buffet style instead of a communal table. One person could be designated to serve food and drinks. Simplify the menu if possible.

Tip 6: Use disposables to eliminate the risk of touching contaminated dishes. Biodegradable plates and utensils are available at most stores.

Tip 7: Be flexible and willing to host a virtual Thanksgiving if all else fails.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Stress Management with Covid 19

Living with high levels of stress and anxiety can put your entire well being at risk. It is important to have effective stress management skills in order to have a well balanced life.

Some common causes of stress during the Covid 19 pandemic include uncertainty, lack of routine and lack of social support .

Stress Reduction Tips for Covid 19

Create a morning routine.

Check in with loved ones regularly.

Help others.

Daily Self care.

Limit news and media. (Social Media too).

Exercise regularly.

Meditate.