Cannabis could help prevent deadly lung problems linked to coronavirus, study finds

CANNABIS could help prevent deadly lung conditions linked to the coronavirus, experts have revealed.

One of the main active components in cannabis has been found to reduce inflammation on the lungs caused by infections.

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

This is the component that makes people high when they take it and it is usually removed from many cannabidiol (CBD) products that have hit the market in recent years.

Researchers have now claimed that this ingredient can protect the lungs against infection.

Covid-19 is a disease that attacks the lungs and has increased the number of people who are suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

 

So far over 44,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the UK and the new development could add another therapy to the list of those that help those suffering from severe symptoms.

The researchers tested the effects of cannabis on mice with ARDS.

It is a condition which affects three million people worldwide each year and this figure is expected to soar due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Frontiers in Pharmacology the researchers said that lung complications can cause a cytokine storm – which has been seen in many Covid patients.

When the body is under attack the immune system releases cytokines.

The body then reacts to the site of infection, but for people with Covid-19 the cytokines can become inflamed.

Researchers found that THC helped in 100 per cent of cases they tested.

They used THC on mice with ARDS to see if it would stop the inflammation of the lungs.

The drug helped prevent severe lung damaged and blocked inflammation caused by cytokine storms.

Marijuana is high in THC content and low in CBD content.

THC gels our body’s natural endocannabinoid receptors together and this is how a high is created.

The researchers did however admit that more research was needed to determine whether or not THC could be used as an effective treatment for people with Covid-19.

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