Who would have thought cannabis might help against COVID-19?

It seems the list of cannabis benefits may have gotten a bit longer! A new study may prove that the CBD compound in cannabis could potentially halt the virus reproducing in the lungs.

*Please note that the study itself still needs peer reviews to verify its truth.*

The authors discussed it, saying, "We advocate carefully designed placebo-controlled clinical trials with known concentrations and highly-characterized formulations to define CBD’s role in preventing and treating early SARS-CoV-2 infection."

CBD has been making headlines for the past few years with its seemingly amazing benefits. Standing for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the more active ingredients in marijuana and comes directly from the hemp plant. Although its benefits have not necessarily been proven scientifically, people who have used it say it helped with things like anxiety, neuro pain, and insomnia.

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So far, the study leads to beliefs that CBD compounds affect the replication of COVID-19 in lung epithelial cells. CBD compounds may stop what's called an expression in specific genes that contain the coronavirus cells. The study showed this inhibition could reverse changes in the gene expression, resulting in an almost therapeutic effect on lung cells. Viral RNA expression was discovered to be blocked by CBD. This expression often leads to coding for spike protein, which allows COVID-19 to enter our cells. 

The study revealed other positive CBD effects on the virus, including the reversal of what's called a "cytokine storm," a hyperinflammatory response caused by the virus. Previous information has shown that the cytokine storm has been one of the leading causes of death in COVID-19.

Interestingly, the study also showed that patients who had been taking CBD before being tested may have had some protection: the data proved they had a lower infection incidence rate by quite a lot compared to those who hadn't been taking CBD.

Hopefully, this study will undergo a peer review so more information is revealed. As of now, CBD seems to possess potential benefits against the coronavirus.

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