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CBD and Terpenes More Effective Than Corticosteroids?

A new Israeli study has found that CBD when combined with terpenes, which are the compounds that provide the aroma and flavor in cannabis and other plants, might outperform traditional COVID-19 inflammation treatments (including corticosteroids).

The Israeli researchers discovered that CBD combined with terpenes was two times more effective at inhibiting cytokine activity than dexamethasone, a corticosteroid.

Dexamethasone was, itself, found to be effective at inhibiting COVID-19 cytokine storms in a study entitled “Dexamethasone and COVID-19.”

The new Israeli study is being conducted by two research and development companies, Eybna which specializes in terpene based medicines, and CannaSoul Analytics, which is interested in using cannabis for conditions like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The study is still in its preliminary stages – no final results have been published yet.

Why Are the New Study’s Preliminary Findings so Important?

Not only does it add to the growing number of studies showing CBD may be an effective treatment for inflammation caused by COVID-19 …

But specifically it shows that full-spectrum CBD products, which are products that contain CBD, terpenes and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, may be even more effective at reducing inflammation caused by the virus.

Before we talk more about full spectrum CBD, let’s quickly examine the new findings from the study being conducted in Israel.

The study is specifically looking at how CBD and terpenes may affect cytokine storms.

Cytokine Storms are a severe immune reaction in which the body releases too many cytokines into the blood too quickly. The result is widespread inflammation. Cytokine Storms are a common effect of COVID-19 infections and a leading cause of death for those who are infected by the virus.

Frontiers in Immunology recently reported that “the current evidence showed that severely ill patients tend to have a high concentration of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-6, compared to those who are moderately ill. The high level of cytokines also indicates a poor prognosis in COVID-19.”

In the study, researchers tested a special terpene formulation along with CBD, CBD with terpenes and Dexamethasone to see how they each impacted Cytokine Storms.

The Results were Shocking to Most Experts

By far the best results came not from the corticosteroid but from the combination of CBD and terpenes, which was able to inhibit around 90% of the tested cytokines.

In comparison, dexamethasone was only able to inhibit around 30% of the cytokines, suggesting that the combination of CBD and terpenes may be 2 times more effective than the current recommended treatment!

Data scientist Nadav Eyal, who is Co-Founder & CEO at Eybna, said about the findings: “The preliminary results were highly positive.” He then added: that the findings are “demonstrating significant anti-inflammatory activity of terpenes and breaking the perception that terpenes are just flavorings and fragrances compounds with a placebo effect.”

The bottom line is if you are worried about COVID-19 and considering taking CBD due to it having possible beneficial effects against inflammation like that caused by COVID-19 – you should look for a full spectrum CBD product.

The Two Types of CBD

There are currently two main types of CBD on the market today.

The major difference between these two types is that full spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in the marijuana plant. The total number of cannabinoids in the plant is well over 100.

CBD isolate is simply purified CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant. It does not contain any other cannabinoids or terpenes.

Why This Matters – aka The ‘Entourage Effect’

First and foremost, because full spectrum CBD contains terpenes and all the various cannabinoids it is thought to have a greater therapeutic effect than CBD isolate.

You see, many of the 100+ cannabinoids have been associated with various health benefits in humans. So by taking multiple cannabinoids, users are expected to receive a greater number of benefits.

Benefits associated with other cannabinoids in cannabis include:

In addition to the greater number of health benefits that are possible with full spectrum CBD there is also a unique teamwork effect that researchers say exists between the various cannabinoids and between terpenes and cannabinoids.

This teamwork among the different elements of cannabis is called “the entourage effect” and it can be very beneficial for your health.

Basically, the various compounds and substances found in cannabis support and aid each other making the positive effects stronger and negating or even reversing negative effects.

So Where Can You Find High Quality Full-Spectrum CBD?

Switzerland has quickly become Europe’s leading producer of high quality CBD! One big reason for Switzerland’s exploding popularity as a CBD producer is that the country was an early adopter of the chemical.

The truth is Switzerland has been one of the most forward-thinking countries when it comes to the medical potential of CBD.

That forward thinking posture has enabled the country to move quickly on passage of important CBD legislation and the passage of that legislation has acted as an important catalyst for farmers to start growing hemp for CBD production.

Another big reason for Switzerland‘s popularity as a CBD producer is that the country’s farmers aren’t just producing “any, old, regular” hemp, they are producing hemp that establishes new levels of quality when it comes to CBD content.

One major user of high quality Swiss-grown CBD is Sarah’s Blessing. Located online at, the company offers a variety of CBD products that contain CBD from hemp grown in Switzerland.

The company’s products include:

The company’s CBD products all feature full-spectrum CBD, which means users get whole plant benefits.

Additional product features include CO2 extraction which is supercritical for maximum CBD potency; less than 0.2% THC so there is no unwanted psychoactive effects; and 100% natural and organic with no pesticides or chemicals used.

To learn much more about Sarah’s Blessing and its available CBD products, please click here.


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