Can Cannabis Compounds Help Protect Against Covid-19 Infection?

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If you’re a cannabinoid connoisseur, we’re guessing you were pretty excited to hear that certain cannabis compounds could possibly protect you from Covid-19 and two of the emerging variants. Since the onset of Covid, there’s been a lot of misinformation and confusion about how to protect yourself, but one thing doesn’t change — you have to keep your immune system healthy and strong!

A recent study describes how certain cannabinoids latch onto the Covid-19 protein, creating spikes that prevent it from entering cells. 

Let’s explore this, along with other things that boost immunity so you can stay in tip-top shape during these unpredictable times. But, first, let’s take a closer look at immunity, how it works, and why it’s important. 

How Immunity Works

Your immune system works around the clock to protect your body from outside threats, like germs, bacteria, viruses, parasites, and more. So, when your body picks up on harmful, foreign substances (also known as antigens), the cells in your body work together to get rid of them. But, more importantly, they store information about how to get rid of that specific threat by creating antibodies. 

Some of the most common ways people boost immunity are exercise, avoiding stress, eating healthy foods, and taking supplements full of immune-boosting vitamins and nutrients. 

There are many CBD supplements that work to build immunity, but this new finding may have opened the door to something incredible. Let’s dive a little deeper into the recent study surrounding cannabinoids and Covid-19 to see how you can test this theory at home. 

How Cannabinoids Might Be Able to Help With Covid

So we’ve talked about how the immune system works and how certain cannabinoids create spikes on the Covid-19 protein, potentially blocking entry into the cell and preventing infection. So now the big question: Which cannabinoids made this possible during this study? 

Cannabinoid acids CBGA and CBDA are the two cannabinoids featured in the Oregon State study. These acidic forms of CBG and CBD are well known in the CBD community, and they possess some incredible benefits.

It all starts with CBGA, or cannabigerolic acid. CBGA serves as a precursor for CBG (“the mother of all cannabinoids”) because as CBGA matures, it drops its carboxylic acid element and can become a variety of other cannabinoids like CBG, CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.

CBDA, as mentioned, is the acidic precursor to cannabidiol (CBD). Unlike CBD, CBDA doesn’t bind directly to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. Instead, CBDA imparts its beneficial properties on the endocannabinoid system by inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme (cyclooxygenase-2). These enzymes have been shown to relieve inflammation and pain, giving it great potential as an anti-inflammatory.

Here at CBDfx, we saw the immense value in CBG and CBD early on, and that’s why the combination of the two has been a focus of many of our wellness products, including our CBD + CBG Wellness Tincture and our CBD + CBG Morning Capsules. So let’s talk about things you can do to boost immunity, along with a couple of our favourite CBG-infused wellness products that have immunity-boosting ingredients. 

Eat Plenty of Fruits & Veggies 

It’s tempting to opt for fast food when you’re busy, burnt out, or tired of cooking every day. This just means you have to get a little creative! Besides, did you know eating fruits and veggies can increase your white blood cell count? 

Okay, so back to getting “creative.” There are many ways to ensure you get the right amount of healthy foods in your system. Do you like salads? If so, try making a big salad on Sunday so you can just pop it in a Tupperware to take to work. Sure, we’re not reinventing the wheel since we all know this process as meal prepping, but give it a try. It may work wonders for your eating habits. 

Adding fruit and veggie smoothies to your daily routine is another sure-fire way to improve your immune system. If you’re not a big breakfast person, try adding a smoothie to your routine. They’re great because not only do you get tons of fruits and veggies, but you can add other supplements that are virtually undetectable in the lovely drink you whipped up. 

How cool is it that you can supercharge your daily routine with our CBG-infused products and protect yourself at the same time?

Minimise Stress When Possible 

We know you’ve heard the whole “stop stressing, it’s bad for you” speech before, but it’s true! Stress affects your health on several levels. But more specific to this conversation, stress reduces the number of active white cells you have when it comes to immunity. And if you remember, white blood cells are the ones fighting off bacteria, viruses, etc. 

Everyone has their own stress triggers, so it helps to know your triggers to avoid stress altogether. However, there will still be times you need a little assistance from your favourite cannabinoids. 

Adding our CBD + CBG Wellness Tincture to your routine promotes calming vibes that you can carry throughout the day. This blend is chock full of ingredients that support a healthy, thriving immune system, like curcumin and coenzyme Q10 — and the potential covid-blocking effects of CBG (strictly referencing the study). 

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has a wide range of benefits that also work to protect your body. With robust anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it’s quickly become an integral part of wellness routines worldwide. 

Coenzyme Q10 is packed with tons of antioxidant properties, as well. Your body produces it naturally, but this production tends to slow with age. Still, it’s an essential nutrient that helps improve immune function, too! 

CBD oil tinctures like this are incredibly versatile and work in various recipes. We talked briefly about smoothies, but why stop the fun there? You can use our CBD + CBG Wellness Tincture in salad dressings or even add a few drops to your avocado toast in the morning!

The Importance of Sleep 

Have you ever felt kinda ehhh, but then you went to bed early and woke up feeling like a million pounds again? This, my friend, is the power of a good night’s rest! When you sleep, you give all the systems in your body a chance to recharge. 

When you hit the sheets, your body produces cytokines that help your body’s immune memory. If you have trouble sleeping at night, try implementing some of these practices before bed. 

  • Put the phone down, and make sure it’s out of reach so you’re not tempted to “check one more thing.” 

You already know sleep is essential, so it’s all about creating a “bedtime” schedule, putting the phone down (why is this so hard?), and indulging in some yummy CBD sleep products to hone in on quality ZZZs. 

Final Thoughts on CBG, CBD, and Covid-19

If you’re a CBD enthusiast, hearing the media report that cannabinoids may play a part in preventing Covid was crazy exciting. However, we must keep in mind that the research is young — but still very promising.

Immunity has always been important, but the onset of Covid-19 only increases the spotlight on health and wellness. Of course, everyone has their own go-to wellness remedies, so whatever you do, keep doing it, but don’t be afraid to add new practises and products to your routine, especially our CBD + CBG Wellness Tincture

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