Cannabis to the rescue? New research suggests that CBD oil may protect Kovid-19 from lung damage – RT World News


    Scientists have discovered that CBD oil can increase levels of a protective chemical in the lungs and other organs that can prevent the worst effects of Kovid-19.  However, more research is needed to apply this to treatment.

</p><div><p>Cytokines are a type of protein secreted by immune cells in response to inflammation and infection.  However, a hyperactive cytokine response during a particularly poor case of Kovid-19, for example, can wreak havoc on the lungs and even kill patients. 

A naturally occurring peptide called apelin has been shown to reduce this response in a laboratory model of another killer disease, adult respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS.


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In newly published research by scientists at the Dental College and Medical College of Georgia, CBD oil has been shown to increase apelin levels, in addition to improving oxygen levels and reducing inflammation – and thus lung damage – ARDS. In.

Apelin’s blood level in the ARDS model decreased to almost zero but increased twenty-fold when CBD was administered.

“CBD brought it back to almost normal levels,” Researcher Dr. Jack Yu said.

Apelin acts as a major regulator that helps normalize blood pressure and inflammation and is produced in the heart, lungs, brain, and blood. It works together with the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor to control blood pressure.

However, ACE2 is the very means by which Kovid-19 enters human cells and disrupts normal function.

The coronovirus disrupts the function relationship between ACE2 and apelin and prevents the blood vessels from relaxing, producing more viruses from hijacking cells.

“This is a union; We do not yet know about causation, but it is a very good indicator of disease, ” Researcher and DCG immunologist Babak Baban says.

Low ACE2 levels appear to have a knock-on effect on apelin production, and therefore reduce naturally occurring defenses within the lungs and related organs.

Researchers warn that more research is needed but point to the strong correlation found in their earlier work on ARDS and the important role played by apelin, as well as the benefits of increasing apelin levels through CBD treatment Are also.


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However, there is significant and ongoing debate within the scientific community as to the efficacy of CBD, which has been seen as a treatment for skin conditions such as acne ranging from depression, chronic pain, and sleep disorders.

There is a lack of evidence and clinical research to support these perceived benefits, with most of the support for CBD as a treatment stemming from anecdotal evidence.

“Public believes CBD is medicine,” Says Davey Smith, head of infectious diseases and global public health at the University of California’s San Diego.

To date, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only one CBD-related treatment, which helps with epileptic seizures.

“It is being promoted for all kinds of purposes for which it has never been studied,” Says James Adams, Chief Medical Officer of Northwestern Medicine.

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