CBD Research and Covid-19 Breakthrough
Many customers that use our CBD products feel the benefit daily of its therapeutic qualities, particularly its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD research reveals a breakthrough in relieving lung inflammation in Covid-19 patients.
The Hemp Hacienda CBD products help fight the symptoms of inflammatory conditions that can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. There are 5 key signs of inflammation that can be experienced by the sufferer:
- Swelling: fluid is leaked from small blood vessels into the affected area, this is called oedema and is one of the most visible signs of inflammation.
- Redness: the increased blood supply to the affected area is visible.
- Heat: increased blood flow and build up of fluid makes the affected area warm to the touch, this can also trigger itching, burning, and tingling sensations.
- Pain: this may be experienced as constant pain or just when the affected part is touched.
- Loss of movement or function: breathing may become difficult, the sense of taste or smell may become affected, or joints and muscle movement may become difficult or painful.
What Illnesses and Conditions is Inflammation a Symptom of?
Inflammation is a common symptom in illnesses and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, osteo arthritis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, and psoriasis.
Covid-19 has, over the last 18 or so months, affected the health, happiness, and livelihoods of individuals, families, communities, and entire nations globally. Vaccine programmes across the world are engaged in proactively reducing the risk of transmission in the hope of providing ‘herd immunity’. However, there are many people who are unable to receive the vaccine, and many that choose not be vaccinated. Whatever your personal view on vaccination and medical interventions, there can be no dispute on the savage effects contracting the virus has on the infected patient. Some have taken to plant based or ancient medicines to help relieve them from minor ailments and now with this new CBD research it could be a breakthrough for patients suffering Covid-19.
How Can You Catch Covid-19?
Covid-19 enters the body via droplets of moisture expelled by an infected person through aerosol (breath, exhalation, and coughing) and introducing infected droplets into the eyes, nose, and mouth after direct contact with infected surfaces. The receptors of the angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE 2) assist the infected particles to enter the lungs; the most terrifying aspect of the illness, and the symptom that requires hospitalisation and urgent oxygen administration, is the affect the coronavirus has on the lungs. Infected patients struggle for breath and fight to absorb oxygen due to inflammation caused by this killer virus. This type and cause of inflammation in the lungs is referred to as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which is caused by an overactive inflammatory response called a ‘cytokine storm’.
Proinflammatory cytokines, in particular IL6, have been recognised as the key trigger to causing the inflammation associated with Covid-19. Cytokines are cells that trigger the body’s natural immune response and are critical to regulating the immune system. Once the Covid-19 virus has infected someone, the cytokines kick-start the body’s natural immune response by creating this ‘Cytokine storm’. This overreactive proinflammatory cytokine response reduces blood oxygen saturation levels and can lead to structural damage and degradation of lung tissue. This results in respiratory distress and can be life threatening within a short space of time as vital organs are starved of oxygen which cause the body to begin shutting down.
How Can CBD Help Fight Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome?
There is currently no cure for ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). However, ground-breaking research fresh out of the specialist health sciences research department at Augusta University, Georgia, USA , has found a breakthrough using mice. By administering CBD to laboratory mice experiencing a viral induced ‘cytokine storm’, the symptoms of ARDS either totally or partially reversed to return to the same normal level experienced before the cytokine storm was induced and as found in the untreated control group of mice. The mice treated with CBD were seen to have lowered levels of proinflammatory cytokines, especially IL-6 (the cytokine marker for the ARDS causing cytokine storm). The research scientists also found that the mice treated with CBD had increased lymphocyte levels- (lymphocytes are white blood cells that are crucial to fighting infection).
When nature meets science, some of the most incredible progress can be made; this research project has documented a huge step forward in CBD being implemented as a therapeutic option for treating the inflammatory responses seen in Covid-19 infections and other virus-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome diseases.
If you are experiencing any shortness of breath, or are concerned you may have symptoms of Covid, we would recommend seeking medical attention or advice immediately.
CBD oil is safe to take orally or topically - a daily dose of CBD can help boost your immune system to help control the symptoms of viral infection, the five signs of inflammation, and promote feelings of vitality, health, and wellbeing.
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