The therapeutic effects of cannabis have long been known, and cannabinoids such as THC, CBD and CBG are commonly used to treat a variety of symptoms.
But what effect does cannabis have on COVID-19?
Cannabis has evolved from that substance your parents warned you about and that only hippies used. As research into the therapeutic properties of cannabis has developed, so has the widespread use of cannabis products. Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are gaining traction for their broad therapeutic benefits and ease of use. With health benefits such as pain relief, improved anxiety and reduced inflammation, it is no wonder that cannabis products have grown in popularity.
Cannabis and COVID: Can it help?
With its impressive curative potential, you may be wondering if cannabis could help fight the disease that is currently affecting the entire world: COVID-19. COVID-19 has caused millions of deaths, closed international borders and brought economies to the brink of collapse. This contagious respiratory disease can leave you feeling feverish, fatigued and short of breath. It can even be fatal. So can cannabis offer any help in the fight against COVID-19?
A study A recent study published in January this year in the journal Aging has found that cannabis may offer some help to patients with COVID-19.
Cannabis and the cytokine storm
One of the main biological events that occurs in patients with severe COVID-19 acute respiratory distress is something called a "cytokine storm". A cytokine storm is when the body experiences an extreme increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines. These cytokines are a category of proteins, and the cytokines involved in a cytokine storm lead to an increase in inflammation.
COVID-19 patients often suffer from pulmonary fibrosis, a severe and untreatable disease that leaves lung tissue scarred and makes breathing difficult. If a substance could stop the cytokine storm, it could suppress inflammation, prevent lung fibrosis and put COVID-19 patients into remission.
In a study on cytokine storming, C.Sativa, a type of cannabis, was found to reduce multiple cytokines and pathways related to inflammation and fibrosis. Two of the cytokines that C.Sativa reduced were TNFa and IL-6, which are thought to be the main targets when it comes to blocking a COVID-19 cytokine storm and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Multiple studies support cannabis and its cytokine storm-fighting properties
The Aging study is not the only research that has concluded that cannabis shows an ability to block a cytokine storm in patients with COVID-19.
A 2020 study in a mouse model found that CBD, an active cannabinoid compound found in cannabis, reduced pro-inflammatory cytokines and improved clinical symptoms in mice with symptoms similar to those of cannabis. COVID-19.
The study suggests that CBD may work as part of the treatment of COVID-19 by reducing the cytokine storm and protecting lung tissue from inflammation.
How else could cannabis treat COVID-19?
Cannabis shows great potential to reduce inflammation and scarring in patients with COVID-19, but how else could cannabis help patients with COVID-19?
Cannabis compounds, such as CBD and THC, have also shown promise in other areas, such as pain relief and anxiety treatment. Although these therapeutic benefits have not been investigated in patients with COVID-19, they could offer interesting areas of future study.
With the symptoms of COVID-19, which include body aches, sore throat and headaches, pain relief would be welcomed by many patients.
Cannabis has been shown to have significant potential as an analgesic, particularly for its ability to increase the effects of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can induce the pain relief.
Finding out that you have COVID-19 can be a stressful time for patients. Due to its highly infectious nature, patients isolate themselves from friends and family. The severe and frightening nature of the disease can also seriously affect their mental health.
Cannabis compounds have been shown to have impressive anxiety-reducing qualities, especially CBD. CBD is a cannabinoid compound that may help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. CBD can increase serotonin activity and reduce cortisol levels. Reducing these chemicals is essential for anxiety management, as serotonin reduces anxiety, and cortisol is a stress hormone that is often found at higher levels in patients with anxiety and depression.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted in 2019, CBD was also found to reduce anxiety in adolescents with bipolar disorder. social anxiety.
Is inhaling cannabis smoke a good idea for COVID-19 patients?
Although cannabis is most commonly consumed by inhaling the smoke of the cannabis flower, this is not the only way to consume the therapeutic compounds in cannabis. Most cannabis research uses oil extracts, such as the CBD and CBG oil in our Balance Oil.
Cannabis oil can be consumed through ingestion, vaporisation, nasal sprays or topical application. Many delivery mechanisms do not involve the lungs and leave out the potentially harmful substances that come with inhaling smoke.
AT BOVE WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THE INHALATION OF SMOKE OF ANY KIND.
Cannabis has shown great potential in the fight against COVID-19, thanks largely to its anti-inflammatory properties. The recent study published in Aging shows that cannabis could significantly improve the condition of COVID-19 patients by reducing a cytokine storm and protecting lung tissue from inflammatory damage.
Research also shows that cannabis and its compounds have other important therapeutic properties, such as pain relief and anxiety reduction. While these may offer relief to patients with COVID-19, the pain-relieving and anxiety-reducing properties of cannabis in COVID-19 patients specifically need to be investigated before conclusions can be drawn.
While this recent research is exciting and shows the potential power of cannabis in the fight against COVID-19, always follow your doctor's advice when treating COVID-19.