Can CBD oil help in treating Coronavirus symptoms?

    At this moment, in April 2020, coronavirus is at the forefront of almost every conversation. There is much debate as to what impact, if any, CBD products could have on treating or easing COVID-19 symptoms, the disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

    It is essential to make clear that there is no evidence to show that CBD oil can treat the coronavirus directly. Any claims that this is the case are not provable at this time.

    The official statement from the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine (IACM) reads: 

    IACM: Statement of the Board on current coronavirus pandemic and the use of cannabinoids

    Several laboratory studies suggest that cannabinoids may have antiviral and antibacterial effects. We have reported on this repeatedly in the IACM-Bulletin. However, there is no evidence that individual cannabinoids — such as CBD, CBG or THC — or cannabis preparations protect against infection with the SARS-CoV2 virus or could be used to treat Covid-19, the disease produced by this virus. Also, there is no evidence that the use of cannabinoids could increase the risk of viral infection.

    However, the coronavirus has multiple impacts on society and our wellbeing that go beyond the direct effects on the human body, and that’s where responsible CBD usage can ease certain symptoms.

    I am writing this post from lockdown in Madrid, which has been one of the most affected cities in the world. Within a ten-minute walk is the ice rink which has been converted into a mortuary to store the city’s dead. I have a pregnant wife, and not knowing how the coronavirus can impact an unborn child, I am very aware of the abstract ways this pandemic can affect people.

    Anxiety can take many forms. The evidence to support the effect that CBD can have on stress and anxiety, both scientifically and anecdotally, is strong. The stress of putting on the masks, of going shopping, of navigating other people in public, and coming home to washing hands and each shopping item, is real. Furthermore, the fear that if not done 100% correctly, I could place my pregnant wife and unborn child in grave danger, is extremely real.

    There are those looking after elderly high-risk relatives in their home, in which case, unlike with pregnancy, you can put an actual number on the probability of this person not surviving an infection. Life and death situations are by their nature intensely stressful, and right now, they are everywhere and they are affecting almost everyone.

    When asking the question “Can CBD oil treat coronavirus symptoms?” the answer has to be: It is unknown yet. It is important to tell your doctor if you are currently using CBD products, and are worried you may have contracted the coronavirus, because cannabinoids are known to regulate the immune system, which makes this vital information for any treatment plan.

    Editor’s note: This article was originally published in April 2020, and since then, new research has been published. Please refer to our Cannabis, CBD and COVID-19 Research page for an up-to-date list of publications and information on the use of cannabinoids to treat COVID-19.



    You might be wondering whether CBD could help you with the indirect effects of the coronavirus crisis. For example, anxiety (cabin fever), stress and sleeplessness. Read our post Anxiety & CBD: Study finds CBD “reduced anxiety to a level equal to that of diazepam” to learn more.

    If you’d like to know more about how the best quality CBD oil has helped others, please check out our CBD oil user stories, some of them about how others are approaching their experience of stress and anxiety. 

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