Description: With the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, scientists from all countries are looking for a vaccine against this disease. Research laboratories, the best medical institutions, and universities try to find the solution using the unique properties of the CBD for Coronavirus.
In the United States, doctors are looking for ways to save the lives of patients with the most severe form of COVID-19. Some American scientists claim that one of the ingredients found in marijuana, cannabidiol, can help with this.
A 2019 Gallup survey found that 14% of more than 2,500 Americans use cannabidiol products – mainly for pain, anxiety, and sleep problems. Recently, more and more Americans are giving cannabis (or hemp) extract to their children to “correct” their behavior.
Perhaps the point is simply that due to the stress in quarantine, the parents’ nerves can no longer withstand children’s escapades and whims. But experts doubt the effectiveness of this remedy precisely for eliminating behavior problems in children. However, Canadian scientists have found that cannabis can help prevent and treat Coronavirus infection. Preclinical experiments by the USA scientists have shown the potential of cannabidiol to reduce the severity of cytokine storms and pneumonia. Both conditions are among the leading causes of death from COVID-19.
How to strengthen the immune system using CBD? How long does CBD oil take to work for your immunity? How to use CBD oil to fight Coronavirus? This article will help you to figure out everything you want to know.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabis (better known as hemp, Latin – Cannabis Sativa) is one of the oldest plant cultures. It was mastered by humans and was used as a medicine, food, in paper and textiles production. In ancient China, hemp seeds were used to treat rheumatism, disorders of the digestive system, malaria, and even as anesthesia for surgical interventions, etc. Mentions of medical cannabis are recorded in the oldest (Chinese) pharmacopeia in the world and date back to about 206-220 BC. Until 1961, cannabis was included in many pharmacopeias as a drug of widespread use. After adopting a single UN convention on narcotic drugs, it was banned everywhere, including the USA. Today, more than 30 countries of the world have at least partially legalized cannabis, and 14 actively use hemp for medical purposes. So what is the secret of medical hemp benefits? Maybe medical cannabis poses a threat to public health? Let’s take a closer look.
It turns out that the human body is familiar with cannabinoid substances from birth (and possibly earlier). In our body, there is a so-called endocannabinoid system, thanks to which the body functions normally.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
It is a system responsible for basic functions, such as the immune response to pathogens, inflammation, viruses, appetite, regulation of sleep, pain, memory, mood, maintaining homeostasis, etc. This is the system of its own endocannabinoids and their receptors in the human body. They are very similar to the substances secreted from the Cannabis plant – phytocannabinoids.
In 1992, Czech analyst Lumir Hanus isolated and described anandamide’s structure, the first endocannabinoid that acts as a neurotransmitter and binds to the same receptors as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The human endocannabinoid system includes:
● cannabinoid receptors (located on the surface of the cell wall)
● endocannabinoids (act as neurotransmitters)
● enzymes (the breakdown of “old” endocannabinoids).
What are these mysterious cannabinoids responsible for? They are responsible for appetite regulation, stress management, memory training, and emotional response. There are two types of CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. Since there are many CB1 receptors in the brain, they are responsible for the “boosting” effect of cannabis. Cannabinoid receptors of the CB2 type are found in the membranes of macrophages, B-lymphocytes. They are also found in the spleen, bone marrow, myocardium, tonsils, CNS microglia, in smooth muscles, and vascular endothelium. They are usually found in the cells of the immune system of the peripheral NS.
Does this mean medical marijuana is safe to use? Is CBD oil safe in any form? To fully understand, you need to know a little more about the active substances of cannabis and how they affect our bodies.
What is CBD Oil Good for?
The main active ingredients in marijuana are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
There are 200 known chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. However, to date, only 121 cannabinoids have been identified, the most famous of which are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a psychoactive ingredient, so its use is not accompanied by a euphoric state, unlike THC. The advantage of medicinal cannabis preparations with a high CBD content is that there is no psychoactive effect and no neurotoxicity risk. It is proven that CBD does not affect CB1 receptors, but rather protects them from unwanted activation by other substances. For medicinal purposes, CBD is used to fight viruses, treat psychosis, depression, seizures, nausea after chemotherapy. It slows down the growth of cancer cells, etc. Moreover, cannabidiol affects CB2 receptors, thus interacting directly with the human immune system.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive component of cannabis. Thanks to it, most people are euphoric, feel mild intoxication, lose the sense of time and place, experience severe hunger, etc. THC mimics the function of anandamide, a neurotransmitter, and affects CB1 and CB2.
Often, legalizing cannabis arises because people confuse the concepts of recreational cannabis (the one we know as “weed”) and medical cannabis. Recreational contains high amounts of THC and is used for getting high. It causes addiction and intoxication of the human body, and its content in plants should be strictly controlled. At the same time, the medical-grade contains a completely different ratio of CBD to THC. In combination with CBD, the psychoactive effect of THC is leveled. CBD not only “neutralizes” the negative effects of THC, but it also helps restore normal brain function, promote nerve cell regeneration, and improve cognitive function and neuromotor performance. The ratio of cannabidiol to tetrahydrocannabinol depends primarily on plant varieties, cultivation conditions, and many other factors, and can be controlled. For example, in Israel, there is a so-called “canapedia” or “green book”, which contains more than 100 varieties of hemp and recommendations on the use of one or another variety for the treatment of various diseases. You can find all the reviews of different CBD products on CBD Shelter. We recommend you study all the information about the intake habits before consuming CBD as they may vary depending on your needs.
What does CBD do with the Body?
Side effects of cannabinoids depend on their concentration in the product and the method of treatment. Researchers say that the effect of chemicals of various Cannabis sativa plant species occurs according to different mechanisms in individual people. We are born with a different DNA set, which makes us more prone to a particular disease, fast or slow addiction. That is, for the use of medical cannabis to be safe, the CBD dosage and concentration, and the method of its use must be controlled. On this basis, smoking as the traditional way of using marijuana is not often recommended for medical purposes. How is this problem solved?
The legalization of medical cannabis is an issue that has already been resolved in many countries, and the market for medical products containing cannabinoids is very significant. But medical marijuana can even be used as a cigarette for smoking. The most commonly used form of medical hemp is an essence, and it is also used in the form of oils, tablets, syrups, and inhalation. And this form of use, under the supervision of a doctor, is completely safe and controlled.
Benefits of CBD for Coronavirus
What is Coronavirus’s impact on the immune system? Doctors say that at the initial stage of the Coronavirus, virus cells try to hide from the immune system. Therefore, the use of anti-inflammatory drugs can be dangerous. All actions should be aimed at strengthening the immune system to detect the virus and fight it quickly. In this case, cannabidiol can be a good helper for immunity.
Experts have conducted studies on the CBD health benefits for various receptors. Cannabis products that are high in CBD are known to have the ability to reduce inflammation through receptors in the cells of the lungs, mouth, and intestines. Some studies have confirmed that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to slow the spread of the virus by about 70%.
What do Researches Say?
Does CBD oil work for Coronavirus treatment? What strength does CBD oil have for immunity? CBD is an anti-inflammatory cannabinoid that does not cause disruption. Doctors are currently investigating whether the drug’s antiviral properties could slow the spread and its complications.
Symptoms of the Coronavirus include fever, cough, pneumonia, and respiratory distress. All studies aim to explore the possibility of using CBD isolated from the cannabis plant to slow down inflammation, which leads to further deterioration in patients’ condition.
Researchers at the Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv announced the start of test experiments to determine the effect of cannabis on the Coronavirus.
Doctors and scientists’ main goal is to determine if cannabidiol, better known as CBD and one of the active ingredients in cannabis, can help treat the Coronavirus. According to doctors, there is a possibility that this component of cannabis reduces the inflammatory process that accompanies the deterioration of the condition of COVID-19 patients and relieves symptoms.
Dr. Barak Cohen, who is the Ichilov hospital’s Coronavirus research headquarters and is the initiator of the project, emphasizes that “this is a new method of treating some of the Coronavirus symptoms using cannabis ingredients that are considered harmless and non-addictive.”
The research is carried out in collaboration with several hospital departments and is expected to involve several dozen Israelis already infected with COVID-19.
CBD for Coronavirus has shown the first proof that it can help COVID-19 patients avoid intense care and mechanical ventilation, associated with a 30-50% chance of death over continued exposure. New analyses by scientists from the University of Augusta (USA) have shown that CBD helps the lungs recover faster from inflammation and cytokine storm in the presence of COVID-19 and achieve the necessary oxygen levels in the body.
These results were first achieved in experiments on laboratory models of lungs and then in mice. In rodents, the scientists first measured the level of pro-inflammatory cytokines and oxygen in the blood and the temperature, indicating inflammation. After treatment, oxygen levels increased, while temperature and cytokine levels decreased.
Several days later, lung analysis also decreased other indicators of inflammation, including interleukin-6 and neutrophils. This involved reduced lung damage, including increased tissue scarring and swelling.
In other words, the clinical symptoms and physical changes in the lungs caused by acute respiratory distress syndrome improved, the scientists concluded. And these results were achieved fairly quickly.
CBD products can become part of the Coronavirus treatment only after clinical trials are carried out. The safety for humans’ use is confirmed, and the dosage of the substance is determined. Scientists are now planning to evaluate the effect of cannabidiol on other organs that COVID-19 attacks, including the heart and the brain.
In another study, researchers compared microdoses of the CBD for Coronavirus to a placebo. They found that the substance was indeed effective at preventing intense pain in the lungs. They also identified a CBD dosage that would be effective in reducing symptoms without side effects.
Of course, more research is needed, but the results so far indicate that cannabis modulates the enzyme, and thus, may prove a plausible strategy for reducing susceptibility to disease, and will be a useful and safe assistant to COVID-19 treatment as adjunctive therapy. CBD for Coronavirus could even be used to develop easy-to-use preventive products in the form of mouth and throat rinses – to reduce the transmission of the virus through the mouth.
Cannabidiol is known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Before consuming CBD products, we recommend that you consult with your health care specialists on how to take CBD oil.
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Author’s Bio: Rae Hudson is a pharmacist and organic drug researcher in various fields of medicine. She enjoys testing various components and their effects on human health. Rae regularly writes medical reviews for various publishing houses.