A potential COVID-19 breakthrough: Could CBD be an answer?

As a doctor, the amount of science coming out about COVID-19 has been fascinating to me. And troubling, too, of course—but truly, we are learning something new every day.

Every discovery arms us a little better against this virus. And as doctors continue to treat infected patients more effectively, the hope is that we may be able to resolve this pandemic more safely and quickly than we once believed.

That’s why I want to talk to you today about another tool that may benefit us in this fight… and that’s cannabidiol (CBD).

An antidote to excessive lung inflammation

Believe it or not, CBD may help ease the excessive lung inflammation that has killed so many COVID-19 patients.

In fact, researchers discovered evidence that it could help keep critically ill patients off of mechanical ventilation, and ultimately prevent death from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Their studies point to CBD as an effective way to assist lung recovery from the lethal cytokine storms associated with COVID-19—helping to curb overwhelming inflammation and restore healthy blood oxygen levels.

Here’s how it worked in the researchers’ model: CBD significantly downregulated levels of inflammation-fueling cytokines. It also boosted oxygen levels. And a later study showed that CBD partially or totally healed scarring, swelling, and tissue overgrowth in recovering patients’ lungs.

In other words, not only did CBD treatment reverse the clinical symptoms in some instances of ARDS, but it also helped to repair the lung damage that the virus left behind.1

Needless to say, that’s a pretty compelling case for something as simple as CBD. And given its effects on other inflammatory conditions—like arthritis and other types of pain, as I discuss on page 3—I can’t really say I’m surprised.

Calming the path of destruction

As one of the hemp plant’s main phytocannabinoids, CBD is able to act on receptors in your body’s own endocannabinoid system—which we now know plays a role in regulating everything from sleep and appetite to inflammation and immunity. And this is a particularly powerful benefit in the fight against COVID-19.

That’s because the most serious cases of this virus are marked by “cytokine storms.” Cytokines are inflammation-modulating substances—like interferon and interleukin—secreted by cells in the immune system and blood vessel lining. And severe cases of COVID-19 dramatically ramp up production of inflammatory cytokines.

Instead of simply killing the virus, these extreme inflammatory overreactions also destroy lung tissue. This not only makes it easier for the virus to replicate, but it also shuts down basic lung function altogether.

That’s where mechanical ventilation comes in. These machines can take over for the lungs, giving patients more energy to fight the infection. But the sad fact is, as many as half of the patients who end up on ventilators ultimately die.

So anything that might help stop this deadly domino effect before it starts is a bona fide breakthrough, from my perspective.

Year-round immune defense

The more I learn about CBD, the more impressed I am by its power and its potential. I personally take it every day—and have decided to add it to my top immune health recommendations.

So, I urge you to see what CBD can do for you, too. Again, you have different forms to choose from, like capsules, balms, and oils. The key, as always, is finding a source from full-spectrum hemp. (The July issue outlines how to pick the best product in a sea of competitors.)

In addition to CBD, I also recommend 1,000 mg of BRM-4, 1,000 mg of vitamin C three times per day, and a high-quality, multi-strain probiotic every single day to help keep your immune system firing on all cylinders, year-round. (All of which are included in my most recent Desert Island Supplement List from last month’s issue.)

And if you start to feel something coming on? Obviously, you’ll want to call your doctor right away. But this is what I do at the first inkling that I may be getting sick—and I haven’t suffered a full-blown illness in decades:

  • Vitamin D—1,250 mcg (50,000 IU) for two days
  • Vitamin A (as retinol)—12,000 mcg (40,000 IU) for two days
  • Olive leaf extract—500 mg three times per day for two days
  • Oil of oregano—500 mg three times per day for two days

This year’s cold and flu—and coronavirus—season looks like it will be like no other before it. But the steps you take, starting today, can—and will—make all the difference tomorrow.


  1. Khodadadi H, et al. “Cannabidiol Modulates Cytokine Storm in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Induced by Simulated Viral Infection Using Synthetic RNA.” Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 2020; DOI: 10.1089/can.2020.0043