What if CBD could fight the Coronavirus ?
Researching for the vaccine against COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has now spread all over the world.
The clock is ticking, and all big laboratories are doing their best to gain the battle to find the best vaccine. At the moment there are lots of human trials to test various vaccines.
Still, researchers are also looking at existing ways and treatments to block and fight COVID-19. Various drugs including the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine, anti-HIV medicines, and others are being tested for treatment against the coronavirus.
Researchers from Canada have found that extracts from Cannabis, CBD, could help prevent or treat the coronavirus infection. It was conducted by the scientists in April, but the results were released in a non-peer-reviewed, preclinical study (1).
A crucial study for the future analysis of the effects of medical cannabis on COVID-19
The study was conducted by researchers from Alberta, Canada. They used artificial 3D models of oral, airway and intestinal tissues. The results of the study indicated that hemp extracts high in CBD may help block proteins – the ACE-2 receptors, which have been found as the “entry point” for coronavirus into host cells in the body.
“Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) has been generally accepted by the scientific community as a receptor required for the entry of SARS-CoV-2 into human cells,” said Dr Igor Kovalchuk, CEO of Pathway Rx and holder of a Health Canada License for Cannabis Research. He added, “Our initial findings warrant further investigation but it’s possible that medical cannabis products could become a safe adjunct therapy for the treatment of COVID-19.”
(1) References.: 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).