CANNABIS AND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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Unfortunately, I am sorry to say that there is no strong, solid evidence that cannabis is likely to be directly effective against the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Although there is an abundance of data verifying that CBD kills many various bacteria, CBD does not at this point show any anti-viral activity.

So, what is the point of this blog? Where can cannabinoids have positive effects related to the Coronavirus? I can think of several significant uses for cannabinoid medicine in this, and related, situations.

For instance, patients with asthma or reactive airways of any kind, will benefit greatly from CBD, with or without the Coronavirus infection. In fact, an informal observational study I conducted with 10 asthmatic patients showed very significant bronchodilation, even after discontinuing their asthma medications.

Another area in which CBD can be extremely effective is anxiety. Although the media coverage on the Coronavirus has been necessary, responsible, and very informative, it has in turn triggered our fears and made for some very stressful times.

A good quality CBD extract will be of great benefit to most who choose take it. However, one must be aware that the bulk of CBD tinctures in the marketplace are either hemp-based or manufactured, and sorely lacking in anything other than low concentrate CBD distillate or isolate. These are all completely void of the many terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids crucial to a true medical grade whole plant cannabis tincture. Additionally, for these lesser quality products, the dose would be considerably greater than that of a whole plant cannabis product. There are very specific criteria to consider in order to determine a superior whole plant cannabis tincture, but to start, you can almost always identify the better CBD products by using your nose. To put it simply, if it smells like cannabis, it likely is cannabis.

So, if you develop a reactive airway issue, or if concern over the Coronavirus is causing anxiety, consider CBD. Having a fine, high quality tincture on hand as your first line of defense could provide you with a safe and very effective medicine to mitigate these peripheral, albeit significant related conditions.

Author
Allan Frankel, MD Dr Allan Frankel is one of the few physicians in the US who truly understands Cannabis as a medicine. All treatments suggested have been well studied. Every patient seen by Dr Frankel is given a personally created Treatment Plan created with the patient's specific issues defined. Plant medicine requires "tuning" of the dosing. Dr Frankel works with his patients thru a messaging portal. The use of this portal, allows quick and simple follow up contact with Dr Frankel. Patients are not charged for these messages, as this is how Dr Frankel has learned what he has learned. Follow up appointments in person or by phone/video are also available when needed

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