Cannabis could help fight COVID-19
A cannabis derivative to better resist COVID-19? Yes, it could be, according to the results of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario! Cannabidiol or CBD would allow our immune system to fight the virus more effectively.
Published last week, the study indeed indicates that synthetic CBD would increase the natural immune response of cells. Immune response that would allow the body to better defend itself against pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, responsible for COVID-19.
“When cells in the lungs or digestive system are infected with a virus, they have the ability to detect it and respond to it, even before the immune system notices the presence of the virus,” says Robin Duncan, principal investigator of the study and professor at the University of Waterloo.
But, faced with SARS-CoV-2, the immune response of these cells, which form a first line of defense, does not seem very effective.
By adding a very precise dose of CBD to the equation, the researchers observed a much better natural immune response from these cells, “which could stop an infection and slow its spread within the body or from person to person. ”, according to Professor Duncan.
However, “the finding made by this study is not intended to replace good practices that reduce the spread of the virus”, such as wearing a mask, vaccination and other health measures, the research team pointed out.
“Unlike THC, CBD does not make you high< /em>,” says Robin Duncan. Many use it to relax or soothe chronic pain.
If a treatment were to result from this research, it would therefore be far from having the same effects as cannabis. No need to rush to the nearest SQDC, especially since the very recent study has not yet been peer reviewed.