There are a wide range of research studies involving CBD-based products that are currently underway. There is even preliminary research that indicates cannabidiol, what we know as CBD, may offer some protection from lung damage that is often associated with Covid-19.
As Science Daily reported earlier this month, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University released the findings of a study showing, “Cannabidiol, or CBD, may help reduce the cytokine storm and excessive lung inflammation that is killing many patients with COVID-19.”
Don’t expect hospitals to be stocking up on NanoSoluble CBD anytime soon. There is no doubt that more research is needed, but the preliminary results are exciting. The current study, which also involved researchers at the Dental College of Georgia (DCG), did not involve clinical trials or look into proper dosing levels, but it did provide at least some evidence that CBD “could help patients showing signs of respiratory distress avoid extreme interventions like mechanical ventilation as well as death from acute respiratory distress syndrome.”
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In a statement, Dr. Babak Baban, immunologist and interim associate dean for research at DCG and corresponding author of the study in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, said, “[Acute respiratory distress syndrome] is a major killer in severe cases of some respiratory viral infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and we have an urgent need for better intervention and treatment strategies.”
Part of what makes Covid-19 – or, to be more precise, SARS-CoV-2 – so deadly is the way our bodies react to it. “Instead of just killing the virus, the over-the-top immune response can quickly disable the lungs, transforming them to a place where virus is replicated, rather than a place that makes oxygen available for our bodies and eliminates potentially harmful gases like carbon dioxide,’ the story in Science Daily says.
That’s why so many people wind up on ventilators. This new study out of Georgia shows that CBD may help to protect your lungs from the cytokine storm and excessive lung inflammation involved in this aspect of the disease. We don’t know if they were using a highly effective water-soluble form of CBD, but we’ll keep you posted if we learn more about this exciting development.