Can CBD Treat COVID-19?

As more research comes out in favor of CBD oil, scientists are turning to CBD oil as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

CBD oil is known to help modulate the immune system, and this characteristic prompted scientists to see if CBD oil could stabilize cytokine storms and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Immunologist Babak Baban and his team in Georgia artificially induced ARDS in mice, creating a cytokine storm and respiratory distress.

“We saw all the classic signs of the disease,” Baban says. “The oxygen dropped, we saw the invasion of inflammatory cells, we saw the destruction of the lung structure.” Then the team injected some of the mice with CBD isolate (CBD without any other cannabinoids).

Within a few hours, the mice oxygen level normalized, as did their blood work. In fact, every damaged mouse who received the CBD was either partially or totally recovered.

Baban noticed that apelin, a peptide that helps reduce inflammation, was nearly zero in the mice with ARDS. After administering CBD, apelin increased by 20 times, and the mice started to recover.

“Apelin is widely presented in the lungs, heart, and digestive system,” Baban explains, “and can be important for homeostasis and rebalancing the immune system.”

The study was published in the September journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

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