Cannabis and Covid-19 Residual Symptoms: A Case Study
Posted by Sandra Guynes, MSN, RN on 2nd Sep 2020
by Sandra Guynes, MSN, RN
The Kush Nurse
During recent months there has been an increase in clients seeking cannabis solutions for their Covid symptoms. While the research is still in progress as we navigate the newness of the Covid-19 virus there is some supporting evidence that CBD can help support and alleviate, not cure, the acute respiratory distress associated with Covid-19 symptoms.
A recent client consult was seeking relief from Covid symptoms after being discharged from the hospital. Her complaints of "active residual symptoms" included shortness of breath, coughing with spasms/body pain, and anxiety.
As a cannabis nurse we can provide education, resources and guidance via the research and evidence that exists. FDA regulations do not allow any claims that CBD is effective as medicine. However a recent study from researchers at Augusta University in Georgia suggests that CBD may “positively impact ARDS or acute respiratory distress syndrome - a dangerous symptom in COVID-19 caused by an overactive inflammatory response.”
For my Covid client, I discussed NurseGrown Organics CBD oil to start.
She called me back after a few days feeling less anxious, but still struggling with shortness of breath.
The next thought was to use our NurseGrown Organics CBD flower. This client needed a "rescue inhaler." While CBD oil may have great benefits, ingested oils can take about 30 minutes to become readily available in our bodies. The shortness of breath for this patient was requiring a more readily available solution.
Smoking or inhalation of cannabis products can produce effects in seconds to minutes. In a situation where relief is needed right away the benefits of inhalation may outweigh the risks. While smoking is not recommended as the safest method, as it can increase the risk of lung exposure to carcinogens related to combustion/burning cannabis products, using a dry vape is a safer alternative.
The final report for this Covid client was them reporting feeling less anxious, decreased episodes of shortness of breath and finally being able to achieve restful sleep. She’s back to walking short distances and excited to have a solution that worked for her.
Remember, Cannabis support is often individualized and results may vary.
This case report is for educational purposes. Always consult your healthcare provider for advice, diagnosis and care.