Since the beginning of 2020 scientists have been on the prowl for new therapies for people infected with the coronavirus and emerging variants, especially those who lack access to vaccines, as the pandemic continues worldwide and breakthroughs become more common.
The most prevalent effect of Full Spectrum CBD is it’s anti-inflammatory effects, which urged scientists to test whether or not it would stop the second phase of the Covid-19 infection involving the immune system, referred to as the ‘cytokine storm.’ Not only did it directly inhibited viral replication in lung cells but had the same effect in two other types of cells and an additional three variants of SARS-CoV-2 beyond the original strain.
CBD did not affect the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to enter the cell, however the CBD extract was effective at blocking replication early in the infection cycle and six hours after the virus had already infected the cell. Further studies showed suppression of the infection in both the lungs and nasal passages of mice which provide great support for clinical trials to evaluate the effect of the CBD extract towards Covid-19 in humans.
The potential for CBD to treat patients recently exposed to or infected by SARS-CoV-2 does not rule out the first lines of defence against COVID-19, which are to get vaccinated and follow existing public health guidelines for masking in indoor spaces and social distancing. The published results offer a potential new therapeutic, something still needed as the pandemic rages on.
It is important to note that the COVID-blocking effects of CBD were confined strictly to high purity and high concentrations of CBD. The on-going and promising discoveries of CBD especially during this time has given many, including scientists, greater hope for a healthier and brighter future for all.
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