The novel Coronavirus is without a doubt, one of the most complex health issues that the world has ever had to tackle. As researchers continue to work on vaccines and possible cures, there are some preventative measures that have been recommended such as abstinence from smoking. This is because COVID-19 is a viral infection that primarily attacks the lungs. When you smoke, you are weakening your lungs which makes you more susceptible to being severely impacted by the coronavirus and other respiratory diseases. In all of this, researchers, CBD vape pen users and other vapers have been considering if there is a possible link between the Coronavirus and vaping. TIME has reported that a large amount of thought and discussion is looming around about this subject over the last few months. There have been reports of young vapers being hospitalized with COVID-19. Individuals in New York are also questioning their leaders about a possible link between the virus and vaping.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States of America has announced that individuals who abuse substances are particularly vulnerable to the ravishes of COVID-19. This includes vapers of all types. Many are wondering if the risk is still great among those who use vape pens to consume CBD. Under all the speculation and forum theories without a solid foundation, is there really a connection between vaping and the Coronavirus? TIME shares that experts believe that it is not possible to say that there is a link between the two.
There is some data being analyzed that can lead one to believe that vaping is somewhat connected to the dread and terrible COVID-19. It has been found that a large number of hospitalizations in the United States of America that are related to Coronavirus have been among young people. Interestingly, this is the same portion of the population that is known for partaking in vaping. They use such things as CBD vape pens and vaping instruments to consume THC and other compounds. While this observation could be given some thought, it still does not provide any evidence that vaping is connected to the Coronavirus. The modern practice of vaping has not been on the scene for very long. This makes it hard to truly determine the full extent of damage that it is having on its users. The research and understanding of the practice of vaping is constantly growing and evolving. There are some recent studies that are suggesting that vaping is responsible for lung damage and other diseases in users. What further makes the work of determining a link between the coronavirus and vaping, is the fact that COVID-19 is a new virus, for which scientific research is also very young and uncertain. To declare a link between COVID-19 and vaping would be very irresponsible at this stage.
What we do know is that having any preexisting condition can result in a great tragedy for an individual who contracts the coronavirus. This is especially true for those with respiratory challenges. the added weight of the Coronavirus will inevitably lead to complications that could result in death. On this premise, vaping could very well play a part in how severely one is impacted by the Coronavirus. Given that the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have highlighted the act of vaping as potentially harmful for your lungs, it would give someone added assurance that they can survive the coronavirus if they avoid lung damage from using vape pens. In 2019, vape pens faced heavy scrutiny because of an onslaught of cases of people who vaped and then ended up with symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, belly pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss. The reason behind the illness that people who vaped was that unregulated producers of vaping products used Vitamin E acetate as a thickener in their products. This proved to be toxic to its users.
There is still no certainty behind claims that vaping is connected to the Coronavirus. However, Forbes has shared that there is some research evidence that suggests that CBD may be able to treat patients suffering from Coronavirus. According to Forbes, a study was done at Augusta University in Georgia that indicated that CBD may have a positive impact on Acute respiratory distress syndrome which is a life-threatening symptom of the Coronavirus. Another name for this condition is ‘cytokine storm’. The potential role that CBD plays in tackling acute respiratory distress syndrome is based on CBD’s ability to minimize inflammation cytokine production. The great reduction that may come from the use of CBD in tackling this issue, could possibly bring down the inflammation in the body and ultimately end the respiratory distress and the associated damage. The researchers administered CBD to mice and found that the respiratory benefits were positive and may be used to assist people with Coronavirus. The researchers believe that the way in which CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and the regulatory effects of the compound makes it plausible to use CBD as a therapeutic candidate in addressing a number of inflammatory conditions including the novel coronavirus. It is wise to note that this is an early study. There is still a need to run these tests on human beings to see if the benefits found during the animal study can truly be experienced by humans.
The link between the Coronavirus and CBD vaping or any other type of vaping is uncertain at this point. However, it would be wise to bear in mind the information that suggests that vaping can result in respiratory challenges. Having respiratory challenges will make you more susceptible to greater complications if you contract the Coronavirus. In addition to this reality, there is also research that is ongoing on the benefits of CBD to coronavirus patients. While the existing data looks positive, bear in mind that it does not give credence to CBD vaping. CBD can be consumed in a number of other ways such as via oils, edibles, topical application and more.