A new study shows that CBD could help to prevent extensive lung damage from COVID-19.
A study published in the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Journal found that pure CBD can assist in preventing lung damage caused by COVID-19.
Researchers at the Dental College of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia suggest that CBD should become a potential treatment option. While the evidence is still in its infancy, research is showing that the cannabinoid can help prevent the invasive interventions of ventilation.
Respiratory lung damage (acute respiratory distress syndrome – ARDS) occurs when the body's immune response over-works itself. Cytokine proteins are released to help repair damaged tissue in the lungs during respiratory distress. When too many proteins are released more damage occurs; a process also known as a cytokine storm. This, in turn, "disables the lungs", creating an environment for the virus to manifest.
In some cases, the severity of ARDS requires ventilation and can be life-threatening. Ventilation intervention acts as a breathing aid for patients with little to no energy to fight the virus independently. However, research shows that only 30-50% of ventilation cases survive.
Currently, COVID-19 has caused over 600,000 deaths world-wide. The demand for preventing the acceleration of ARDS is increasing.
ARDS is a major killer in severe cases of some respiratory viral infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and we have an urgent need for better intervention and treatment strategies.Dr. Bakak Baban – Associate Dean for Research, Dental College of Georgia
While there are only a limited number of facilities in the United States that can oversee testings for the highly-contagious COVID-19, researchers successfully developed a model that replicated its symptoms.
The study used mice to monitor lung function before and after administering CBD. Lung function, oxygen levels, and inflammation levels all improved post CBD therapy.
Moreover, the study shows that CBD can inhibit the excessive release of proteins and reduce the cytokine storm. In turn, serving as a protectant against inflammation, pulmonary complications, and long-term damage to lung tissue. It can also help increase healthier oxygen levels which allows for the structural lung recovery.
CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its reaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Furthermore it is clinically proven to help treat Crohn's disease, epilepsy, and other inflammatory-related ailments.
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