The marijuana compound cannabidiol (CBD) can help fight COVID-19 infection, according to a groundbreaking study

Fareeha Arshad

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Recently, a study suggested that cannabidiol (CBD), a marijuana ingredient, could block the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. Though this fact remains theoretical, more work is in progress to check its effects on humans. However, the kind of marijuana under study is not local, low-grade stuff. Instead, we are talking about the medical grade drug sometimes used to treat complications like seizures. This means: smoking or vaping marijuana will not prevent coronavirus infection.

As reported by Live Science, the study head, Marsha Rosner from the University of Chicago, confirmed that CBD is not the solution to fight against the coronavirus. The best weapons available are vaccinating yourself, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Researchers have discovered that CBD compounds help mice fight against coronaviruses in this recent study. The scientists have hinted that perhaps even humans will be able to fight against COVID-19 viruses similarly. The effects of CBD against coronavirus in humans are still under clinical trials.

CBD comes from the cannabis plant and does not cause a high upon intake. Therefore, it is used in various health supplements like oils and shakes. However, very few studies have been done on CBD impact on health. According to the study by Rosner and coworkers, they discovered that when a cell experiences a threat from an external force like a virus attack, CBD triggers the host stress response, thereby sending a signal to the body to fight off the virus attack. The scientists discovered that, upon treating human lung cells with CBD and then subjecting the treated cells to the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cells displayed a better response against the virus.

This study was carried out in an external setting on a Petri dish. The researchers tested the same on the alpha, beta, and gamma variants of the SARS-CoV-2 and observed a similar response, thus proving the promising potential of CBD against COVID-19 infection.

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