CBD Research Showing Promise in the Fight Against COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is proving itself tough to beat, and the world is waiting with bated breath for a viable treatment. However, while medical researchers work around the clock to find a solution, they sometimes stumble upon surprising results. As it turns out, cannabis is now on the list as a potential combatant against the coronavirus.

 

While cannabis or cannabis-derived CBD oils most likely won't prove to be the ultimate cure, researchers are looking into whether the compounds can provide some relief from the symptoms for people who have contracted the virus.

 

How CBD May Help Reduce COVID-19 Symptoms

 

Experts from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Center think CBD oil's anti-inflammatory properties may potentially help treat lung inflammation in coronavirus cases.

 

CBD derives its anti-inflammatory properties by helping to reduce proinflammatory cytokine production. A potential treatment using CBD oil would target specific cytokines such as interleukin IL-1b, (IL)-6, and IL-17 to minimize the amount of inflammation and ease the respiratory distress experienced by COVID-19 sufferers.

 

Cytokine production is a normal response the body uses to fight off infections. However, in many COVID-19 cases, the cytokine response is rampant and leads to high fevers, severe fatigue, nausea, and in the most severe cases, death can occur from organ failure. A treatment that works to reduce inflammation should also reduce the amount of damage.  [*1]

 

The COVID-19 Versus CBD Research So Far

 

CBD research on mice shows promise. Mice were treated with Poly(I:C) to simulate acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), creating similar symptoms to those experienced by COVID-19 patients.

 

Symptoms experienced by the mice included overproduction of cytokines,  a 10% reduction in blood oxygen saturation, and structural damage to the lungs.  Once the mice developed the symptoms, the researchers treated them with CBD. According to the results, the symptoms were reduced and even reversed in some instances.

 

More specifically, the mice showed reduced levels of proinflammatory cytokines, including IL-6, which is a marker for cytokine storms. The researchers reported that all inflammatory indices were reversed, and homeostasis partially restored. Increased blood levels of lymphocytes were also recorded, which are white blood cells essential for fighting off infections.  [*2]

 

Recent results come from a partnership between cannabis research companies Pathway RX, Swysh Inc, and the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. The team discovered that extracts from Cannabis sativa show potential as treatments for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus responsible for COVID-19. [*3]

 

The results show that the extracts affect the expression of the proteins TMPRSS2 and ACE2. According to COVID-19 research, these proteins are used by the virus as an entry point into the human body.

 

Tetro Bio-Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company in Canada, are researching and developing cannabinoid-derived pharmaceuticals. A statement contained in an email indicates the company's desire to secure funding for advancing their COVID-19 program, which will focus on studying the active molecule of their synthetic cannabinoid drug PPP003. The hope is that the treatment can be used to improve clinical outcomes of COVID-19 infections by reducing immune system overactivity and subsequent inflammation leading to sepsis.

 

As of now, there is no known cure for COVID-19, but with continued research, cannabis and CBD derived products may be developed that can help reduce the symptoms and lessen the casualty rate of this deadly virus. 

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Research Links:

 

[*1] https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-cannabis-treatment-potential-cbd-covid-19/

 

[* 2] https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyearlenbaugh/2020/07/15/cbd-for-coronavirus-new-study-adds-evidence-for-cannabis-as-covid-19-treatment/#266b851a382d

 

[*3] https://www.labmanager.com/news/could-cannabis-be-an-effective-treatment-for-covid-19-22518

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