Study reveals medical marijuana stops the spread of Covid-19 in lung cells
Written by Redacción Mota Radio on 26 March, 2021
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the most popular components of marijuana as many users use this cannabinoid to treat various diseases and chronic ailments, and it seems that it can also be an important preventive and curative weapon against Covid-19.
Yes, a study conducted by scientists linked to the University of Chicago, in the United States (who used cannabis-derived oil) revealed that CBD could stop the spread of Covid-19 in lung cells, and even inhibit contamination by the new coronavirus.
The study was published in the science server bioRxiv with the title “Cannabidiol inhibits replication of SARS-Cov-2, causative of Covid-19, and promotes host innate immune response”.
“Our results suggest that CBD is able to block SARS-CoV-2 infection in its early stages and that CBD consumption is associated with a reduced risk of infection among humans,” states part of the study.
“A group of patients who had previously taken CBD saw their incidence of SARS-Cov-2 infection significantly reduced, by a magnitude relative to the general population,” the report says. That study used the oil combined with its metabolite 7-OH-CBD to achieve the suggested preventive and therapeutic effect.
In addition, the research exposes CBD reversed the so-called “cytokine storm,” an extreme inflammatory reaction against the immune system, which has brought fatal consequences for many Covid-19 patients who have suffered from it.
Lack of scientific confirmation
The study also states that although research with CBD seems to be very promising, there is still no proven preventive treatment against Covid-19, so the use of drugs without scientific support is not recommended.
“Future studies capable of exploring the effects of CBD in patients along with clinical trials will be necessary to fully understand the use of CBD as a therapy to block SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the text notes.
Although reviews that are more scientific are still needed to verify the good news, the research on the use of medical marijuana to combat and fight the pandemic is quite positive.