Key takeaways: 

  • There isn’t enough information to support cannabis as having a positive effect on COVID-19.

  • Previous research shows cannabis can make you more susceptible to influenza.

  • COVID-19 and influenza viruses are similar, so at this time cannabis use is not recommended.

  • Watch the video to learn more.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe, many people are looking for ways to enhance their immune system and protect against this viral infection.

Naturally, there are assumptions that because cannabis, specifically CBD, can have immune boosting qualities it’s a safe alternative that can reduce the risk of getting sick from COVID-19.

As Len May, CEO of EndoCanna Health, and Dr. Chris Spooner, Chief Science Officer of EndoCanna Health discuss in this video, there simply isn’t enough evidence to support any conclusions that CBD and cannabis have a positive effect on COVID-19. 

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In fact, previous research shows that these products can have a negative impact on the immune system when responding to seasonal influenza viruses, which are similar to COVID-19. According to Dr. Spooner:

“So what tends to happen if you use cannabis with the influenza virus is you’re more susceptible to it. It makes the disease worse, which isn’t necessarily the happiest news for everybody that wants to say, “Hey, it’s good for COVID”, but we go off the data that we’ve got.”

Without evidence to support its use to exclusively fight COVID-19, using cannabis isn’t recommended, but there are other alternatives that you can use to stay healthy now and in the future. These include getting enough quality sleep, incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine, and considering a probiotic supplement to help maintain gut health, which is where 70% of your immune function occurs.

CBD and cannabis can be used to help with long-term chronic conditions like diabetes, lupus and irritable bowel syndrome, but are not a magic bullet to prevent or cure an acute viral infection like one you may get from the COVID-19 virus.

The best advice is to continue to follow local public health orders about social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of face coverings when in areas with large numbers of people. These strategies will continue to be one of your best defences against the COVID-19 virus.

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