Turning to CBD to handle coronavirus-related stress

Posted at 7:26 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 19:26:14-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — It’s time of uncertainty to say the least. People wearing masks in public, working from home, and hearing about new coronavirus cases in your own backyard everyday.

Behavioral Health Vice President Dr. Paul Simeone said that’s enough reason for anyone to experience stress or anxiety.

“You aggregate all the differences, it’s turns into a very big set of changes we have to deal with all at once,” he said

That’s why Stephanie Rogers, owner of Healing CBD in Cape Coral said people are buying Cannabidiol products in bulk now.

“This gives them some relief to shut their brain off at least for a little bit to have a good night sleep,” she said. “Studies have proven that it helps with anxiety, with sleeping. And right now everybody is kind of like uncertain of what’s going on,”

But, Dr. Simeone said as of now those studies don’t prove any long-term benefits.

“If you read the research on CBD, there’s not a lot of good studies showing the efficacy, beyond epilepsy,” he said.

While he’s not against CBD, he said consult your doctor before using it. And for those seeking other remedies like vaping, he said don’t do it. Vaping could lead to lung damage.

He said he hasn’t observed any red flags for CBD. But, it’s too early for definite answers around it.

“Most of my patients who’ve taken CBD report no side effects, report no interactions with any other medications. Some people feel like it’s useful. Other people - mostly people aren’t sure,” he said.

Dr. Simeone also suggested talking to friends and family and identifying exactly what is causing the stress before turning to products like CBD.