Coronavirus and CBD

Coronavirus and CBD: what you need to know

Misinformation about Coronavirus and CBD is already a problem

By Dr. Leslie Mudd, DPharm, resident pharmacist at Cornbread Hemp

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a public health crisis like we have never seen. Consequently, there’s a lot of confusion about how best to prevent the spread of this potentially fatal virus. As a responsible member of the CBD community, Cornbread Hemp stands committed to fighting deceptive advertising within our industry for the sake of public health. What do you need to know about coronavirus and CBD? 

On March 6, the FDA sent seven warning letters to various entities advertising unapproved coronavirus treatments. Much to our dismay, one of these letters went to an herbalist who sells CBD on her website. On the same website, she sold something called a “Coronavirus Protocol.” The FDA responded appropriately by sending her a warning letter to remove those items from her store.

Coronavirus and CBD: Is CBD an anti-viral? 

Let us be clear: no studies exist that look at CBD as an antiviral in humans. And, no anecdotal evidence exists that suggests that CBD might be an antiviral.  In short, do not use CBD as an antiviral against the coronavirus.

Anyone who suggests CBD could help prevent or cure the coronavirus should be immediately reported to the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigation. Click here to find the phone number for the correct FDA OCI field office near you.

What is CBD? 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Made legal under federal law in 2018, CBD is available nationwide and can be used however a person wants to use it. Sublingual tinctures, capsules, topical lotions, and smokable hemp flower are all popular options. CBD’s medical benefits have been reported in the news, published in the literature, and discussed publicly.

CBD is widely held to be useful in many conditions such as pain, sleep, anxiety, tension, spasticity, stress, anti-seizure, PTSD, inflammation, and neurological issues.  But, the FDA has not yet approved CBD to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

If you get the coronavirus: what to do

If you feel sick, contact your doctor right away. This includes any symptoms you might associate with a common cold or flu. And, to prevent getting sick, follow the recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if coronavirus is spreading in your community.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Clean and disinfect your house, office, personal vehicle, computer, and phone. 

Cannabis Use and Social Distancing

Additionally, cannabis users should avoid sharing tinctures, joints, bongs, blunts, or pipes during social consumption.

Coronavirus and CBD: Conclusions

We do not know how long these social distancing measures will be necessary. But those of us who lived through the shockwaves that followed 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis understand that — despite the anxiety and stress these events cause — we can all bounce back. 

As for coronavirus and CBD, there is absolutely no connection to make. CBD in no way prevents the coronavirus, nor will CBD help you recover from the coronavirus if infected.

As Cornbread Hemp’s resident pharmacist, I’m glad this is my first contribution to our blog. We remain focused on the wellbeing of our customers, our community, our nation, and all the people of the world as we grapple with this public health threat. Take care of yourself, and wash your hands.

UPDATE: April 1, 2020

Former NFL player Kyle Turley claimed repeatedly on Twitter that CBD prevents the COVID-19 virus. In response, the FDA sent Turley’s CBD company, NeuroXPF, a warning letter ordering them to stop making these false claims. There have been no human studies on CBD as an anti-viral agent, and to claim otherwise in a time like this is irresponsible.


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