By Amanda Warren
With CBD growing in popularity, new studies continue to show the potential benefits.
A new study published in the journal Aging-US reported that high-CBD cannabis has anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties, and may even help reduce COVID symptoms.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and is legal in all 50 states.
"Cannabis sativa, especially those high in the anti-inflammatory cannabinoid cannabidiol, have been found to alter gene expression and inflammation and have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties," concluded the Health Canada researchers.
As such, they say that specific CBD extracts "can become a useful and safe addition to the prevention / treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy".
The researchers hypothesized that high-CBD C. sativa extracts could be used to down-regulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 target tissues. Using artificial 3D human models of mouth, respiratory and intestinal tissues, they identified 13 C. sativa extracts high in CBD that lower ACE2 protein levels. Some C. sativa extracts downregulate the serine protease TMPRSS2, another critical protein required for SARS-CoV-2 to enter host cells.
This isn't the first study to suggest that CBD could fight respiratory diseases like COVID.
In April 2020, researchers from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute published a peer-reviewed article suggesting that CBD could be included in the treatment regimen for the COVID-19 coronavirus because THC and CBD reduce severe pneumonia Seemed to decrease associated with the virus.
In July 2020, researchers from the Dental College of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia found early evidence that cannabidiol (CBD) may help reduce the cytokine storm and excessive pneumonia that killed many patients with COVID-19.
"Our laboratory studies show that pure CBD can help the lungs recover from the overwhelming inflammation or cytokine storm caused by the COVID-19 virus and restore healthier oxygen levels to the body," says co-author Dr. Jack Yu, doctor. Scientist and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at MCG.
In October 2020, the same research group released a peer-reviewed follow-up study that identified the mechanism they believe is responsible for the encouraging results of using CBD to reduce pneumonia.
“One way that CBD appears to reduce the 'cytokine storm' that is damaging the lungs and killing many patients with COVID-19 is by allowing levels of a natural peptide known to be apelin to rise Inflammation will be reduced and its levels will be reduced dramatically in the face of this storm, ”they concluded.
While this is incredibly encouraging news for COVID relief, companies selling CBD foods and oils are not allowed to mention these benefits in advertisements because the FDA has not officially approved them for any particular treatment. Obviously, experimental vaccines can be advertised, but natural plant extracts cannot.
The new study above is just another one that suggests that cannabis and CBD can help fight cancer. There have been many studies as well as countless individual confirmed reports.
In 2018, a 44-year-old British mother turned down chemotherapy because of her aggressive triple negative breast cancer. She opted for CBD oil instead and was declared cancer-free five months later.
In 2019, an 81-year-old man diagnosed with lung cancer shrunk his tumors in half from ingesting CBD oil. The case study was published in the journal Sage.
More recently, a study from Colorado State University showed that CBD extract can slow growth and kill cancer cells in aggressive brain tumor.
"Our experiments have shown that CBD slows the growth of cancer cells and is toxic to both canine and human glioblastoma cell lines," said Chase Gross, a graduate student participating in the study. "It is important that the differences in anti-cancer effects between CBD isolate and extract are negligible."
That is not all. CBD has been shown to treat a wide variety of other diseases such as arthritis, seizures, chronic pain, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's, and more – with little to no serious side effects common with leading drugs.
Big Pharma is hoping more people will not discover natural treatments for common health problems like CBD as it could seriously affect their profits and influence.