Since early 2020, the world Coronavirus has become a matter of nightmares. A mysterious virus that is rapidly spreading and causing death. Originally, this origin of this virus was linked to a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Millions of people have been quarantined in Asia. The virus has reached Europe and will possibly spread to America too. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses gave it the official name of COVID-19 and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it world emergency due to its severity and how fast it spreads.
Originally believed that it was transmitted from animals to humans, the virus has changed and now it can be transmitted from one person to another.
How Dangerous Is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus causes symptoms that are similar to the flu, as well as problems with the lower respiratory tract. So far, approximately 17% of Coronavirus cases have severe pneumonia-like symptoms. The virus is lethal in about 2% of the cases.
Coronavirus is especially dangerous for older people since they tend to have a weaker immune system. However, some younger and supposedly healthier people have been victims of it as well.
But amidst the turmoil caused by this devastating disease, two natural compounds have risen as possible help to fight the virus. CBD and CBG. But, what are they and how can they help to prevent or fight Coronavirus?
Let’s start with the less known CBG, which stands for cannabigerol, another cannabinoid present in the cannabis Sativa plants which, so far, hasn’t been submitted to clinical trials yet. However, some studies seem to point out that CBG might have some very powerful properties.
CBG could be considered as the precursor of other cannabinoids like CBC, THC, and CBD. What it means is that when the acidic, inactive molecule of CBG, called CBGA (a is for acid) changes, it breaks down and becomes the molecular base for other cannabinoids, including CBD and THC.
So far, it’s known that CBG helps to strengthen the immune system, and its most important trait is that it seems to potentially have antibacterial properties, particularly for MRSA, which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is a type of staphylococcus infection, resistant to a common antibiotic known as methicillin. This bacterial infection is very health-threatening, even can be fatal. But some studies have shown that CBG could potentially treat that bacteriae and others that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. And even if CoVid-19 is a virus and certainly not a bacteria, the potential property of CBG to treat resistant organisms and its properties to protect the immune system might make it a promising candidate to look up to when finding a compound to fight Coronavirus.
On the other hand, CBD is a name that has been known for several years now. CBD stands for cannabidiol and it’s one of the many active compounds of the cannabis plants, also known as “cannabinoids”. CBD, unlike the more popular THC, is a non- psychoactive cannabinoid. This means that it’s not possible to get high from CBD.
CBD closely works with the body’s “endocannabinoid system”. This is a system built in our bodies that is responsible for many important processes, including the regulation of our immune system. The endocannabinoid system can be therefore considered as the control system of our body.
In the endocannabinoid system, there are two different types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. These receptors are produced by our bodies as required. CB1 receptors are mainly part of our brain, the CB2 receptors are spread throughout our whole body and are mainly part of our immune cells.
To ensure that both our endocannabinoid system and our immune system are in optimal balance, the consumption of CBD is recommended.
How Does CBD Influence The Endocannabinoid System?
CB1 and CB2 receptors are similar to cannabinoid receptors. The substances resemble each other so much that our body is unable to tell them apart. It means that the human body perceives CBD products as the body’s own CB1 and CB2 receptors.
When the endocannabinoid system is out of balance because few natural receptors are made, this deficiency can be supplemented with CBD products.
How Can CBD Help Reduce The Chance Of Catching Coronavirus?
Whether someone catches Coronavirus or not has a lot to do with the correct functioning of their immune system. The immune system ensures that our body is protected against viruses, bacteria and many other unwanted intruders that can make us sick.
As of today, there’s not a known working drug or vaccine against Coronavirus and CBD is certainly not one either, but the chance of catching the virus and getting sick can be reduced by ensuring that our immune system is functioning optimally.
There is a wide variety of CBD products available. CBD can be taken in the form of oil, tinctures, and edibles like capsules and gummies.
Whatever method you choose, you have to consider that CBD generally has a build-up period of approximately 14 days for optimal results, and Coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days as well. For that reason, we recommend you start taking CBD as soon as possible to strengthen your immune system.
Author: L. Art.
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