Effect of CBD on COVID-19

Goals

The effects of CBD on COVID-19.

Early Findings

Study by Scientists in Canada

  • A team of scientists in Canada mentioned that they identified at least 13 strains of cannabis sativa that could help prevent and treat COVID-19.
  • The team developed more than 800 new Cannabis sativa extracts and "hypothesized that high-CBD C. sativa extracts may be used to modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 target tissues."
  • In simpler terms, they created multiple cannabis strains that have been "experimentally shown to make it significantly more difficult for the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus to find a home inside of the tissue cells it latches onto in order to infect us with the COVID-19 disease."
  • However, this is different from the sativa and CBD found in a dispensary as these scientists carefully cultivated the 13 strains of Cannabis sativa.
  • Tetra Bio Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company in Canada is developing a cannabinoid-derived drug for treating and preventing COVID-19.

Israel Study

  • Researchers in Israel are testing a unique formulation of cannabis terpenes for its efficacy in treating viral infections like COVID-19.
  • In previous research, "undertaken since the outbreak of the SARS virus in 2002, cannabis terpenes have been found to be effective potential antiviral agents, and specific terpenes that came into contact with the SARS virus were found to reduce its severity and impact (both in-vitro and in-vivo) by withholding a certain protein that replicates the RNA – preventing it from penetrating healthy cells and using them as hosts for its replication."
  • InnoCan Pharma Ltd, an Israeli pharmaceutical company focused on cannabis therapies, "announced Apr. 17 that it is partnering with Tel Aviv University to develop a possible cell therapy treatment that uses “CBD-loaded exosomes” to treat those with COVID-19. The product, which the company says will likely be given to patients through inhalation, will also be tested as a treatment for other lung infections."

SUMMARY

  • Our initial research focused on studies by researchers in Israel and Canada linking CBD to COVID-19. No studies have been done about the effect of COVID-19 by US researchers due to restrictions on cannabis research in the country.

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