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Cannabis may ease lung inflammation from Covid-19, study

Neill Fronde



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Cannabis may help ease and reduce lung inflammation for Covid-19 patients, according to a recent study. Researchers in the study claim the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, cannabinol, or CBD, has anti-inflammatory properties.

More research should be done on how CBD and treating severe lung inflammation from the coronavirus, according to researchers from University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute indicates. Their recent peer-reviewed article in the latest issue of Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity investigates cannabis’ anti-inflammatory qualities.

Covid-19 can cause inflammation that leads to pneumonia which can clog lungs and cause breathing difficulties, an often deadly symptom of the coronavirus. This is why researchers are emphasising anti-inflammatory treatments for infected patients.

“There are drug treatments like Tocilizumab that clears patients’ lungs with a 90% success rate, but the side effects are harsh, including the risk of coronary artery disease and pancreas inflammations. Cannabis may be a key solution since it doesn’t carry such severe negative side effects.”

The CBD treatment made from cannabis does not carry the same effects of THC or smoking marijuana would, though THC has also been shown to be anti-inflammatory but is with more side effects. Cannabis already carries FDA approval, even being used for children with intractable epilepsy.

Aside from anti-inflammatory use, CBD also reduces several factors that contribute to severe Covid-19 cases and also increases proteins that prevent the virus from replicating by activating immune cells. Previous studies with asthmatic animals showed CBD reduced airway inflammation as well as pulmonary fibrosis, which can be an after-effect of Covid-19 damaging and scarring lung tissue causing breathing problems.

The cannabis study on lung inflammation shows that doses up to 1500 milligram a day were safe for up to 2 weeks. The researchers also noted that as an added bonus CBD reduces anxiety, something very useful for the stress of life during a pandemic. Helpfully, cannabis was recently legalised in Thailand and the government has been drafting regulations on importing it.

While the article doesn’t directly link cannabis as a treatment for Covid-19, the evidence on CBD’s effect on lung inflammation, a dangerous symptom of coronavirus, makes further research worthwhile. The researchers urge further research to experiment if cannabis can be directly incorporated into Covid-19 treatment to help with inflammation and anxiety too.

SOURCE: Forbes


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    toby andrews

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Cannabis is a pain killer.
    My brother crippled with arthritis uses cannabis every day.
    He does not claim disability because the old fool wants to keep working.
    He owns his house, has a massive amount of cash in the bank – I keep telling him he will be the richest man in the cemetery. I think arthritis has affected his hearing.

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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    It’s still conveniently illegal and you’re subject to road side urinalysis and extortion. Don’t fall for it.

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    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Can we wheel the Grand Faucista in front of the cameras to tell the public that being stoned is now mandatory and for your own safety?

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Here in Phnom Penh “happy pizzas, and happy spaghetti is everywhere, but not many want it.
    And only $5 a dish!
    They do not try to hide this from the police.

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    Frank Roland

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    I suffered deeply with stage four sarcoidosis which progressed to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). I was hospitalized eighteen times in three years, mostly with flare ups and pneumonia. For me, the chronic widespread pain takes my breath away more than the disease itself. At times the pain is so severe I find it difficult to do anything. My life was gradually coming to an end, until I saw World Herbs Clinic on google during my research for alternative help for IPF.. I knew health is wealth thus I decided to give it a try, thank God I did. I got the Lungs disease formula four working days after placing an order. OMG I started noticing change in my breath after one month of taking the herbs formula, My IPF was completely reversed after THREE months of usage. Now i’m happy and free from this deadly disease.

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    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:49 am

    @dispensed –
    How is Fauci related to this post? This was about Cannabis and CoVid in Thailand.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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