Post Covid Symptoms and CBD
While Covid has been at the forefront of most things for the past couple of years, little has been talked about when it comes to post Covid symptoms and recovery.
Most people who have had Covid recover fully after a couple of weeks, however for some people, the symptoms can sometimes persist for months, this is sometimes called post Covid-19 syndrome or “long Covid”.
Older people and people with many serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms, but even young, otherwise healthy people can feel unwell for weeks to months after infection. The common symptoms of long Covid according to the NHS are:
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- shortness of breath
- chest pain or tightness
- problems with memory and concentration ("brain fog")
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- heart palpitations
- pins and needles
- joint pain
- depression and anxiety
- tinnitus, earaches
- feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
- a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
CBD and Long Covid
Cannabis’s therapeutic effects have long been known, with cannabinoids like THC and CBD commonly used to treat various symptoms.
A recent study published in January of this year in the journal Aging has found that cannabis may offer some help for patients with COVID-19 (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33465050/) .
There are a number of different ways that researchers think CBD might be able to help in the fight against COVID. One of these its ability to reduce expression of ACE2, an enzyme which is a cellular entry receptor for the virus . The main target for COVID, the virus finds the ACE2 protein on a cell’s surface and binds to it to gain entry before replicating itself. A study was carried out by a team at the University of Lethbridge in Canada that analysed the effects of cannabis extracts on ACE2 expression in inflammation-simulated human-derived cell cultures of differentiated airway epithelial cells and identified 13 high-CBD C. sativa extracts that decreased ACE2 protein levels, and a number of C. sativa extracts which downregulate (lower the activity levels of) serine protease TMPRSS2, another critical protein required for COVID-19 entry into host cells
In addition, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and, in that way, people suffering from lung inflammation can find CBD helpful in reducing this. Other ways CBD can help is to help the general homeostasis of the body, help with fatigue and nausea and for pain relief meaning the lesser symptoms can be remedied also.
If you’ve had Covid and are looking for a remedy to ease any long haul symptoms, give CBD a try today.