CBD AND POTENTIAL PREVENTION/TREATMENT OF CORONAVIRUS-RELATED PULMONARY FAILURE

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It would be an understatement to say that we are all frightened, some traumatized even, by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 infection can be a very mild flu-like illness, and in fact is mild for the vast majority of people who become infected. However, the virus can destroy lung tissue, and in the second week of the illness it can cause pulmonary failure referred to as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. 

With “ARDS,” the cells in the lung tissue excrete kinins and other inflammatory molecules that induce lung inflammation, vasodilation, and smooth muscle contraction. Over a matter of hours at the very least, to sometimes days, this inflammation can interfere with oxygen absorption. At that time the patients will require artificial respiration. Using a ventilator, the airways can be forced open with positive pressure, but if the lung tissue destruction is too severe, little seems to help. Despite aggressive supportive therapy, 1% - 2% of infected patients will develop such severe ARDS that they cannot exchange adequate oxygen, and are at risk of dying.

The references below support the notion that CBD can assist in preventing, as well as treating, acute pulmonary inflammation. I’ve discussed this very topic in my recent blogs on the Coronavirus and related lung (or pulmonary) issues. Although thus far these are only the test results of animal studies, the findings are impressive nonetheless.

With CBD a benign medicament, at the minimum its use will safely help to reduce anxiety during these uncertain times. If a patient begins to feel symptoms, it just makes good sense to use a modest dose of a high quality whole plant CBD formula. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30481497

 

http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/353/1/169

 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014299912000052

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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