Covid-19 and CBD:  What can CBD do to help?
What can you do to minimize the chances of avoiding the coronavirus? In this blog we would like to tell you what you can do and how CBD can help you with this.

The coronavirus: in short
In the Chinese city of Wuhan, a hitherto unknown virus was transmitted from animal to human at the end of 2019; the coronavirus. After this outbreak, the virus was officially named “COVID-19”. This virus was soon associated with a market in Wuhan where, among other things, live animals were traded.

The virus has since changed and can also be transmitted from person to person. Due to the severity and rapid spread of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency since January 30, 2020.

How dangerous is the coronavirus?
The coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems. To date, it is known that about 17% of all cases are severely affected by the symptoms of the coronavirus. In about 2% of all cases, the virus is deadly.

The coronavirus is especially dangerous for frail elderly people. However, healthy young victims have also fallen.

How can you reduce the chances of contracting the virus?
Whether or not someone gets sick from the coronavirus has a lot to do with the functioning of that person's immune system. The immune system ensures that our body is protected against bacteria, viruses and other unwanted invaders that can make us sick. There is currently no effective drug or vaccine known against the Coronavirus and CBD is certainly not, but the chance of becoming ill can therefore be reduced by ensuring that our immune system is as optimally as possible preventively.

An optimal immune system: what can CBD do to help?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is one of the many active substances from the cannabis plant. These active substances are also known as "cannabinoids". CBD, unlike many other cannabinoids, is not psychoactive. This means that getting CBD high is absolutely not possible.

CBD works closely with the body's own "endocannabinoid system". This body's own system is responsible for many important processes in our body, including the regulation of our immune system. The endocannabinoid system can therefore be seen as the control system of our body.

The endocannabinoid system consists of two different types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. These receptors are produced by our body as needed. The CB1 receptors are mainly present in the brain, the CB2 receptors are spread throughout our body and are mainly found in our immune cells.

To ensure that our endocannabinoid system, and therefore our immune system, remains optimally balanced, the intake of CBD is absolutely recommended.

What influence does CBD have on the endocannabinoid system?
The receptors mentioned above (CB1 and CB2) are very similar to cannabinoid receptors. In fact, the substances are so similar that our body is unable to distinguish these substances from each other. This means that the human body sees cannabinoids from CBD products as the body's own CB1 and CB2 receptors.

When the endocannabinoid system is out of balance because too few receptors are produced, this deficiency can therefore be supplemented with receptors from CBD products.