The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shows that new and effective treatments are much needed.
In a recent study, it was found that cannabidiol (CBD) can help stop the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading in cells and mice.
CBD, but not its related substances like THC, can effectively block the virus from making copies of itself in lung cells.
CBD works by stopping the virus from using the cell’s machinery to make more viruses and reversing some of the virus’s effects on the host cell. CBD also helps the host cell fight the virus by boosting its defense systems.
A study with human patients showed that those who took CBD had fewer positive COVID-19 tests. This research suggests that CBD might help prevent COVID-19 infections in the early stages.
Dr. John Campbell explains in more detail:
Links to studies
CBD has several benefits as a possible way to prevent COVID-19. It’s widely available if it has less than 0.3% THC and can be taken in different ways, like through inhalation or nasal spray.
It works after the virus enters cells and could be effective against different virus strains. Unlike some other treatments, CBD doesn’t need to be given in a hospital through injections and has only minor side effects.
However, there are a few concerns before CBD can be considered as a treatment for COVID-19.
The quality and amount of CBD in products on the market can vary a lot, and we don’t yet know much about how the body processes these products.
CBD doesn’t dissolve well in water, so it can get trapped and broken down in the liver, limiting how much reaches other parts of the body.
The other ingredients in CBD products can also affect how well it works. For example, research shows that THC might actually make CBD less effective against the virus.
Read more about benefits of CBD here.