In a new peer-reviewed article published in this month’s issue of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute suggested that cannabis could help to reduce the lung inflammation that is typically associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus. The article is very in-depth and filled a lot of complex scientific and medical jargon, but references a variety of different studies that show the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis.
The authors of the paper were careful to suggest CBD instead of THC, even though they noted that both have anti-inflammatory properties. THC is known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well, but because some patients would prefer to not have the psychoactive side effects, the researchers choose to focus specifically CBD. THC is also still illegal in many places throughout the United States. THC is also still illegal in many countries throughout the world.
“Unlike THC, CBD has a high margin of safety and is well tolerated pharmacologically even after treatments of up to 1500 mg/day for two weeks in both animals and humans, which suggests its feasibility to reduce SARS-CoV2 induced lung inflammation/pathology and disease severity,” the article stated.
In the article, the authors concluded that, “Collectively, these findings support the investigation of cannabinoids as a plausible option to be added as an adjunct to Remdesivir or any new antivirals on SARS-CoV2 induced lung inflammation.”
The article suggested that CBD could also help with the psychological stress that comes after a battle with something like the coronavirus.
“Like Ebola, patients recovering from COVID-19 may experience various psychological and social stressors that may be triggered by residual chronic inflammation and autoimmune reactions. Therefore, randomized clinical trials to test the efficacy of CBD on alleviating anxiety and fear associated with COVID-19 infection and its consequences on people’s physical, social and psychological well-being may be beneficial in the future,” the article said.
The authors of the paper also cautioned that it is not safe to smoke cannabis or CBD, and suggested that anyone who wants to try these substances should take them orally instead of through inhalation. This is especially important considering that the coronavirus causes lung complications. They were also important to be clear that cannabis is not any type of cure, and that no cures have been developed for the coronavirus. However, it can be used as a part of a wider treatment regimen to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the illeness.
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