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dope news Cannabis could help to prevent and treat Covid-19, new research shows

Research found that CBD was capable of blocking the virus that causes Covid-19 from replicating or making copies of itself in human lungs


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New research has suggested that cannabis could be used to prevent and treat Covid-19.

The results came from a study led by researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States.

Their research found that cannabidiol (CBD) was capable of blocking the virus that causes Covid-19 from replicating, or making copies of itself, in human lungs.

Cannabidiol is the second most active substance found in cannabis, with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound found in cannabis being the most active substance.

It is THC, which contains little CBD, that gives users a ‘high’.

In their experiment, scientists treated human lung cells with CBD for two hours before introducing the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the cells.

Researchers discovered that a specific amount of CBD could reduce the virus’ ability to replicate in the lungs.

They reported the same results when the experiment was performed on two other types of cells, and CBD worked to reduce the virus from replicating in several variants of Covid.

While the team notes that CBD was not able to stop the virus from entering cells, CBD was found to be effective at blocking replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus during early infection and up to six hours after the virus had already infected the cells.

They found similar results from experiments involving mice.

"Our findings do not say this will work in patients. Our findings make a strong case for a clinical trial," team lead Professor Marsha Rosner said.

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As part of their research, the team at University of Chicago also included THC in their experiments, however, it did not keep the virus from cells or prevent it from replicating.

"Not only did THC not work, but combining it with CBD prevented CBD from working," she said.

Roser said that although it is good news, she was concerned that the use of cannabinoids may lead people to self-medicate to avoid getting vaccinated.

"We would love to be able to say specifically that a set amount of cannabinoids is helpful,” she explained

“At this point vaccine-induced antibodies and antibody drugs are much more effective at blocking infection.”

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