During the past weeks the international press released the news according to which Cannabidiol (CBD), would be capable of defeating the Coronavirus

In the articles of our Blog we addressed the topic of ‘Cannabis’ in relation to the Covid emergency. The challenges of the future, determined by this emergency, also include the environment and climate changes. In this sense, Hemp could play an important role. 

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During the past few weeks the international press released the news according to which Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the molecules present in the Cannabis plant, would be capable of defeating the Coronavirus. In the present article we will try and understand more about the topic and, most of all, if it’s true.

Are you familiar with CBD?

CBD is one of the molecules present in the Cannabis plant, the best known compound along with THC, however, with respect to the latter, it doesn’t have psychotropic effects. 

The scientific community, for some years now, has been investigating the properties of this cannabinoid, which has demonstrated interesting therapeutic properties.

Today, cannabidiol is used as a part of medical treatments, for example, according to clinical studies it has shown its effectiveness in contrasting forms of drug-resistant epilepsy or in less severe cases like anxiety states and inflammatory pathologies. 

The Study of the University of Lethbridge, Alberta

Canadian researchers of the University of Lethbridge carried out a study, published in the magazine Prepints, in which 400 different strains of cannabis were analysed, with the objective to find elements capable of preventing the infection produced by Covid.

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The team of researchers used 3D models in oral, pulmonary and intestinal tissue with extracted samples of CBD coming from Cannabis Sativa strains with low THC contents.

The effectiveness of CBD

‘CBD extracts could be capable of reducing by 70% the number of cellular receptors utilised by the Coronavirus to enter into the organism’ Igor Kovalchuk explains, however additional studies are necessary to be able to arrive at using therapies with Cannabis extracts’.

‘The THC level was extremely low, so no particular side effects were expected – the researcher continues – and what emerges from our tests is the reduction of some receptors, hence a minor possibility to contract the virus’.

‘Given the situation – Kovalchuk concludes – it’s necessary to consider each and every therapeutic opportunity. If our study will be confirmed by tests, we could take into consideration the opportunity to utilise CBD extracts’.

Truth of Fake News?

This news spread rapidly on the web; in an interview on Fanpage, doctor Privitera, a Sicilian physician  expert in cannabis treatments, gave his .

“When we are infected by a virus, it enters the cells and damages them, while creating a first inflammatory response. Thereafter, patients in which the situation becomes more complicated, end up in intensive care due to the exaggerated inflammatory response triggered by the virus and this is a mechanism in which cannabis is going to intervene as an immunomodulator. From this perspective, Cannabis, as it has already been demonstrated in the treatment of pneumonia caused by other viral agents giving similar pathological conditions, has shown its capability of enhancing clinical results by containing the inflammatory response.”

Hence, it is rather premature to state, today, that CBD is capable of treating Coronavirus, however it is essential to continue supporting research on cannabis and its extracts with the aim to improve wellbeing of the world population.

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