CBD (cannabidiol) has been shown to help with anxiety and sleep, but a new study published Thursday in a peer-reviewed journal Scientists progress shows that it can prevent COVID (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The team of 33 researchers surveyed 1,212 American patients who took CBD orally and found that they had fewer positive COVID tests compared to patients in the control group who did not take CBD. Patients were taking prescribed oral doses of 100 milligrams per milliliter of CBD to treat seizure-related conditions.
The scientists also performed lab tests on human lung cells by treating them with CBD for two hours before infecting them with SARS-CoV-2. After 48 hours, they discovered that “CBD inhibits the replication of genes necessary for the growth and spread of the virus throughout the body”. They found the same results after running the tests using three variants of COVID-19.
This exciting data shows that taking CBD can prevent COVID infections and possibly even breakthrough infections, which could be the most helpful. You may also have heard of a study published in the Natural Products Journal showing cannabis preventing the COVID virus from infecting human cells. Cannabis that contains the compound THC is different from the compound CBD, and consuming recreational cannabis in the form of smoke is bad for your lungs, so it’s not recommended.
The researchers also don’t recommend running out and taking any CBD product (edible, inhalant, or topical) you can get your hands on to prevent COVID. More rigorous testing needs to be done on human trials to know exactly which CBD formula and dosage is most effective against COVID. It is possible that CBD is used preventively, for example when traveling. Or maybe it could be used to prevent a more serious infection if you start taking it as soon as you test positive. Hopefully, with further testing, scientists could develop a CBD product specifically for COVID.
But in the meantime, experts say taking CBD shouldn’t replace other medically proven health measures, such as vaccinations, wearing a properly fitted mask, social distancing and proper hand washing.
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