CBD effective against COVID-19 according to March 2021 research paper.
One of my previous Blog Posts discussed research showing CBD reduced lung damage caused by COVID-19 by reducing the cytokine storm which damages the lungs and kills many Covid-19 patients. That Blog is at https://curtisswift.com/cbd-reduces-lung-damage-caused-by-covid-19/
A research paper posted on March 10, 2021 provides even more good news for those concerned about COVID-19 especially for those taking CBD. This more recent study highlights CBD, and its active metabolite, 7-OH-CBD, as potential preventative agents and their use as therapeutic treatments for SARS-CoV-2 at early stages of infection.
- Note: 7-OH-CBD is one of the metabolites produced when CBD is broken down in the liver when CBD is taken orally.
The March 10. 2021 report titled Cannabidiol Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Replication and Promotes the Host Innate Immune Response, cannabidiol (CBD), by Nyugen et al., reported the following:
- “CBD inhibits SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
- “CBD and its metabolite, 7-OH-CBD, potently block SARS-CoV-2 replication in lung epithelial cells.”
- “… human patients previously taking CBD had significantly lower SARS-CoV-2 infection …”
- “the ability of CBD to inhibit replication … raises the possibility that CBD may have efficacy against new pathogenic viruses arising in the future” which is certainly good news.
Their findings suggest other cannabinoids such as THC might act to counter CBD antiviral efficacy eliminating the feasibility of marijuana serving as an effective source of antiviral CBD. Thus while CBD effective against COVID-19 other cannabinoids in combination with CBD may reduce the effectiveness. The researchers also indicate vaping and smoking raise concerns about potential lung damage and thus should be avoided.
Obviously, future studies will need to explore the method of CBD delivery and include clinical trials to fully test the promise of CBD as a therapeutic to block SARS-CoV-2 infection, but this is a great start.
To learn more, the March 10 report is at https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.03.10.432967v1.full
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