Cannabis may not keep COVID-19 away, but it can lessen the virus’s symptoms
While it is true that the extensive search for a vaccine or drug to combat COVID-19 has already had some successful results, many researchers have continued to pursue both traditional and non-traditional approaches. Although some other drugs that were already established on the market were examined, the findings have made it clear that cannabis could be an ideal way to treat the different symptoms that are caused by the coronavirus.
Different studies have been conducted to evaluate the properties of marijuana to reduce the inflammation and respiratory distress caused by COVID-19. This is part of the search for new treatments to deal with this never-ending virus. The intention was to observe the reduction of the receptor levels of the cells to which COVID-19 adheres. The study showed that cannabis is responsible for modulating the process of virus development and the inflammation it causes.
Some strains of marijuana help to have a successful immune response and work to prevent the cytokine storm while maintaining some of the molecules needed to fight the virus, according to what is known at the moment. Another notable finding of the study relates to the inhibition of proinflammatory cytokines and pathways involved in the inflammation and fibrosis that causes the disease caused by COVID-19 infection.
On the other hand, cannabidiol (CBD) was also analyzed, especially for strengthening the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to recover oxygen levels. This makes the lungs of patients affected by pneumonia due to coronavirus recover faster. Another advantage of CBD in the treatment of COVID-19 is that it has no side effects for patients and its use is not contraindicated with any medication. This absence of negative consequences supports its use, and although its effectiveness has not yet been proven 100%, it is an alternative that shows promising results.