Since the outbreak of coronavirus people are restlessly waiting and hoping for treatments to be developed that might treat or prevent the potentially deadly disease. While researchers are exploring many different possibilities in combating Covid-19, some researchers are looking into whether CBD might offer benefits for those suffering from severe forms of this infection.
Interestingly, CBD is on the list of potential treatments and there have been several different ways researchers have suggested CBD might help, including its ability to reduce ACE2 expression and pro-inflammatory cytokine production to fight lung inflammation, and its potential as an antiviral. In this article we will look at some researches that prove CBD helps with Covid.
Researches connecting COVID and CBD
Researchers in the US recently conducted a study which disclosed that a cannabis plant compound inhibited infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human lung cells. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, threatening global health and world economies. Marsha Rosner, PhD, and other colleagues from the University of Chicago discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) and its metabolite 7-OH-CBD potently blocked SARS-CoV-2 replication in lung epithelial cells. Through the combination of CBD and 7-OH-CBD, the expression of certain genes within the viral cells were inhibited and changes in gene expression within the lung cells that resulted from the presence of COVID-19 were reversed. Thus, CBD and 7-OH-CBD serve in both protective and therapeutic roles.
The 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. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘cytokine storm’. The authors of the study explain that “currently, other than supportive measures, there is no definitive cure for ARDS, illustrating the urgent need for creative and effective therapeutic modalities to treat this complex condition.”
In the fight against Covid-19, cytokine storms are one of the most deadly factors that doctors are battling. This symptom in severe cases of the novel coronavirus can lead to excessive inflammation, swelling, pain, and loss of organ function. It can even cause the immune system to ramp up so much that it starts killing the body’s own cells – instead of just fighting the infection. In serious cases, this can lead to death, as we’ve seen in many cases of severe Covid-19. Reports from the study show that a combination of CBD with terpenes was 2 times more effective at inhibiting cytokine activity than dexamethasone, a corticosteroid which a recent study found to be an effective treatment for Covid-19 cytokine storms.
With so much uncertainty in today’s world, anxiety levels are hitting an all-time high. Thankfully, CBD products have become more available and diverse than ever, as a natural alternative for many of us to combat its debilitating effects. Since CBD works differently in different people it is very important to consult your doctor before using it. There are various forms through which you can take CBD, and again, asking your doctor which one will suit you better is very important.