Wellness and Research

COVID-19 Treatment and CBD: Is There a Correlation?

Caleb Summeril
Written by Caleb Summeril

With the USA still in the throngs of an ongoing pandemic, there has been a rush towards new research for potential treatments and cures for the coronavirus. While all people around the world wait for progress in this regard, it’s worth exploring available options and outside-the-norm potential prospects for effective remedies for any healing potential. And with CBD still at the forefront of alternative healing for a variety of conditions, the correlation between the cannabinoid and COVID-19 is a topic of recent discussion and debate.

Before looking at this correlation in any detail it must be mentioned that CBD is not currently a suggested or anywhere near recommended treatment for those afflicted with coronavirus. There is a recent study that indicates some potential interaction between high-CBD strains of cannabis and an ability to be less susceptible to the virus. But this is a theory that is in the works and far from suggested advice. We will look at that study below but please note that large amounts of CBD are not going to make you immune or unaffected by the current state of the world.

The study that shows a potential correlation between CBD and COVID-19 is based on research conducted that indicates that by modulating angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2) levels in body tissues that are the gateway for COVID-19 entry, CBD may be able to make one less susceptible to contracting the virus.[1] These researchers state that, “SARS-CoV2 is transmitted through respiratory droplets, with potential for aerosol and contact spread,” and that the virus uses “receptor-mediated entry into the human host via angiotensin-converting enzyme II that is expressed in lung tissue, as well as oral and nasal mucosa.” They also state that after targeting 13 cannabis strains that are high in CBD, they noticed the ability of cannabis to “modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 target tissues.” The researches used artificial 3D models of oral and airway tissues to come up with this theory.

While intriguing, this is far from a direct correlation indicating a cure or potential treatment. It is worth further study as it poses potential insight into how the virus acts within the body and how susceptibility might be increased through using CBD-infused mouthwash or throat gargle products to possibly ward off infection somehow. There is no indication, however, that smoking more of your favorite strain is going to give you immunity. Smoking can have long term effects on your health and negatively impact your immunity.

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  1. Wang, B.; Kovalchuk, A.; Li, D.; Ilnytskyy, Y.; Kovalchuk, I.; Kovalchuk, O. In Search of Preventative Strategies: Novel Anti-Inflammatory High-CBD Cannabis Sativa Extracts Modulate ACE2 Expression in COVID-19 Gateway Tissues. Preprints 2020, 2020040315 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0315.v1)

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