CBD and the Corona Virus - What you need to know
Given both the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the sheer volume of misinformation and urban myths that have sprouted up since last December, I wanted to take the time to answer a question;
"Can CBD or Cannabis impact the spread of the Coronavirus?"
The answer? Probably not. There is no PROVEN role that cannabis can play in the fight against the coronavirus. In saying that, there is much to be said for the cannabinoid system working closely with your immune system. As cannabinoids are available in various systems of the body, the immune system also tends to work optimally by the functions performed by endocannabinoids. Though additional research is required in order to study the relation of the immune system with the endocannabinoid system, it is still concluded that targeted cannabinoids like CBD help in reducing autoimmune responses and inflammatory responses which are the main reason for sclerosis, cancer and HIV.
Basically, there's not enough completed research for me to tell you anything definitive, but keeping up with your daily dosage of CBD absolutely can't hurt.
Now, let's take a look at it from another perspective. Rather than posing the question above, let's flip it around. "What impact will the coronavirus have on the Cannabis/CBD industry?"
Experts believe that the coronavirus may actually have an extremely positive impact on the American Cannabis industry.
“Honestly, I think that the American hemp industry can do nothing but benefit from the coronavirus in China,” Landin Butterfield, a crop consultant with Klamath Falls, Oregon-based Patriot Hemp Services, said at the World Ag Expo two weeks ago in Tulare, California.
Butterfield pointed to China as a major supplier of hemp fiber and CBD for the world market.
“So any kind of hiccup in that supply chain on their end allows American farmers to get into the international market, and it helps limit the flood of cheap Chinese CBD that is coming into America,” Butterfield added.
Nothing like putting a positive spin on a tense situation...
Impact - The long and short of it
In the long run, the lack of Chinese hemp availability on the market should allow American hemp farmers the chance to get a foot hold in the market. In the short term though, like many other industries, way may start seeing some severe shortages.
The vape industry is already feeling the strain of the quarantine in China. There are hardware shortages across the country, and we are only receiving stock from China in very small quantities. American distributors are running out of their back stock quicker than they can get it ordered, which leaves the brick and mortar retail stores ordering stock on a first come first serve basis.
One thing we have already learned from the outbreak is that our dependence on cheap, Chinese manufacturing needs to end. This is a fantastic opportunity to invest in American manufacturing.
You'd be surprised to learn that a huge amount of "American made" CBD products get ingredients from China. This in itself is something that I personally dislike. The Cannabis industry in this country is so new that law and regulation seem to be getting figured out "on the fly". Governing bodies are struggling to keep up with the huge growth of this tremendous industry. Throw in the added confusion of cheap, low quality Chinese products and it makes things a lot more complicated.
All you have to do is take a look at how these governing bodies attacked the nicotine vaping industry last year regarding EVALI and then had to back track after realizing that the cause of this disease was in fact counterfeit THC cartridges cut with a vitamin E acetate concoction.
What are reasonable steps to take given the recent news?
To sum things up, I really have no idea as to the effects that the Coronavirus will have on industry around the world. Will it get better? Will it get worse? Only time will tell as more and more countries start implementing their own plans to control the situation.
In the meantime, might I suggest lighting up a fat CBD joint and calming down? If that's not enough for you, here's a few other suggestions that may help;
- Wash your hands frequently (Check out our CBD hand sanitizer and antiseptic soap)
- Avoid large gatherings
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Drink lots of water (Preferably warm water)
- Avoid ice in your drinks
- Take vitamins (C/B/E etc)
Stay safe out there!