As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, infecting more and more people daily, panicked members of the public look for solutions anywhere they can. An environment with so many unsavvy consumers driven primarily by fear is a breeding ground for fraud and deception, and the current situation is no different when it comes to CBD and the coronavirus.
Due to misinformation on the part of opportunistic CBD marketers, many have a wildly overblown impression of what CBD can actually do to ward off the virus. CBD cannot, in fact, directly fight Covid-19 nor does it provide any kind of immunity from infection. CBD sellers who intentionally mislead the public with unfounded claims harm the legitimacy of the entire science-based push to normalize CBD use and publicize its benefits.
On the other hand, despite legitimate scientific evidence that CBD, in fact, exerts a number of positive effects in the body, including enhancing the immune system, longtime critics have unfairly dismissed CBD’s role in managing public health wholesale.
So what are the false claims about CBD and coronavirus? What, if anything, can CBD actually do to provide some defense against the coronavirus? We’ll explore the latest developments and facts here.
Unfounded Claims that CBD Directly Fights Coronavirus
A number of controversies and public relations dust-ups regarding claims by CBD marketers that the compound can prevent coronavirus. One CBD shop in Portland, for example, was ordered by the state’s attorney general to remove phrasing that included the sale of “immunity tinctures” containing CBD.
Proponents of CBD have tried to tamper down misleading or outright false claims by CBD sellers, encouraging discretion in the ways that sellers talk about CBD and its role in supplementing the immune system. Dr. Dani Gordon, a well-known academic who studies CBD, wrote in an article on LinkedIn that ‘the ‘miracle cure’ claims that some members of the natural wellness community can sometimes make, even when well-intentioned, can have harmful effects on people’s behaviour and also tarnish the industry as promoting ‘snake oils.’
The legal standard for what supplement manufacturers and sellers can claim their products do is sometimes unclear and varies by jurisdiction. Per the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), marketers can only claim specific health benefits for supplements that have been evaluated, in theory after extensive study, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Any claims not officially sanctioned by the FDA must come with a clearly visible disclaimer that the purported benefits of the supplements are unverified.
The latest conflicts between government authorities and CBD marketers are largely skirmishes in the larger battle over the legitimization of CBD for medical use, who “approves” the science-based claims, and what financial interests might complicate the process.
What the Science Says About CBD and Immunity
One of the biggest benefits of CBD therapy comes from its anti-inflammatory activity. As we now know, uncontrolled inflammation is a major aspect of coronavirus infections as the body tries to fend off a virus for which it has no effective antibodies.
However beneficial CBD is for overall immunity, the specific aid it renders for a system battling the coronavirus is, so far, a matter of speculation because the virus has not existed long enough in the population to be studied properly.
The Bottom Line on Coronavirus and CBD
It is entirely possible that scientific inquiry may, in fact, uncover mechanisms through which CBD directly fights the coronavirus as the pandemic carries on. In the meantime, though, the best course of action to fight the infection is to limit social exposure, fortify diets with immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, practice responsible personal hygiene such as regular handwashing.