Cannabis and Long COVID

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you may wonder if medical cannabis has a role to play in alleviating symptoms. Seedsman has already explored the potential use of high CBD cannabis strains to mitigate the impact of the virus. Now, research has turned to the potential utility of cannabis to alleviate some of the symptoms of long COVID. What is Long COVID? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long COVID is “a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, or can appear weeks after infection”. In other words, symptoms can remain even after testing negative or even after a positive test in asymptomatic cases. Only half of the patients reported “worsened quality of life” up to 2-3 months after battling COVID. Symptoms of Long COVID It’s worth looking at some of the symptoms of long COVID and whether there’s any evidence that these can be treated successfully with cannabis. Indeed, among the CDC’s list of 18 Post-COVID conditions[i], there are a few we know might at least be mitigated with cannabis use – and studies back this up. Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms Anxiety and PTSS (Post-traumatic stress symptoms) are likely to increase in the wake of the pandemic, and cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment in some cases of anxiety. A study published earlier this year showed that CBD effectively eliminated anxiety, depression, and PTSD and suggested that CBD’s reported anxiolytic properties could be a therapeutic option for treating COVID-19-related anxiety disorders. The study found that CBD targeted the cannabinoid receptors type 1 and 2, mainly in fear memory processing, along with the serotonin 1A receptor, mainly in anxiolysis, and demonstrated CBD’s efficacy in reducing nightmares and depression[ii]. Headaches The CDC…

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