Can Cannabis Help Treat Symptoms Of COVID-19?
With many places still suffering from the waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are falling ill with the virus. The pandemic has claimed millions of lives, but for many who caught COVID-19, symptoms of the viral infection have been less severe. For some of the lucky ones, the symptoms were mild and could be managed with home remedies.
Given the potential serious consequences of the virus and the uncertainty about how it will affect a particular person, it can be frightening to think about. However, if you are prepared to develop a disease, you will be better able to cope with it.
What Should You Do If You Get COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published guidelines on what a person should do if they contract COVID-19. The first item on the list is to stay home. This is because the virus is highly contagious and when you are sick you don’t want to pass it on to others. Even if your symptoms are mild, you can pass them on to someone who may not be as lucky.
She CDC also suggests plenty of rest and fluids. Because antibiotics cannot cure viruses, it can be difficult to get medicine to fight the infection for you. It is usually due to your immune system. This is why the best that you can do to make sure your immune system is ready to fight. This includes drinking plenty of clear fluids, resting as much as possible, and eating as healthily as possible.
If you develop more severe symptoms, you should see your doctor right away to see if you need to be hospitalized for treatment.
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What medications can I take to relieve symptoms of coronavirus disease?
There are many over-the-counter medications available to you to relieve symptoms of COVID-19. For example, if one of your symptoms is a cough, you can get a cough suppressant and have cough lozenges on hand to help deal with that symptom. Other over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, can help control fever and pain associated with the infection.
How To Treat COVID-19 At Home When You Have Mild Symptoms
Treatment for COVID-19 at home focuses solely on treating symptoms. This is because the immune system has to fight off the viral infection. To relieve symptoms at home, you should get plenty of rest first. Sleep and immune function are closely related. So if you make sure you are getting enough quality sleep during your illness, your body can fight off the illness. Pain relievers and fever reducers can also help relieve symptoms. Even if you’re taking over-the-counter medications and feeling better, it is important that you continue to rest and isolate yourself at home.
Adequate fluid intake is also important. It is best to drink clear liquids like water or broth. Adequate hydration is critical to how well the body fights off the virus, as dehydration can affect the functioning of the immune system.
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Cannabis and COVID-19
Although cannabis does not treat or cure COVID-19, some research has shown that using cannabis can help alleviate certain symptoms and help people manage the infection. In particular, CBD has been considered as a possible option to reduce the risk of the body developing a cytokine storm. This process occurs when an excess of cytokines triggers an immune response in which the body begins to attack itself rather than the virus.
Other research has also looked at cannabis as a possible option to reduce pneumonia caused by the virus, thereby improving lung function in fighting the infection. Since cannabis has also been shown to help reduce pain and anxiety, it is believed that using cannabis while suffering from COVID-19 may lead to a reduction in both of these symptoms in patients coping with the disease.
One final caveat to be aware of: smoking or vaping cannabis is not recommended if you have coronavirus. This is because both smoking and vaping have been shown to have negative effects on lung function. Using this method, you can do more harm than good to your lungs while they are trying to recover. Using oils, nasal sprays, or topical applications is the best way to dose cannabis when trying to deal with the symptoms of COVID-19.
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