Researchers look to CBD as a possible treatment for Covid-19

With the recent development and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, there is finally hope for society to regain some of the normalcy of years past.  Days filled with celebrating life’s milestones with family and friends, dinner out with colleagues after work, even making that quick trip to the grocery store without having to remember a mask.  As we all look forward to having these experiences again and sharing our life with others, the reality is we are still fighting a very contagious and deadly disease.  But with each passing day we learn more and more about the virus, and most importantly, how to effectively prevent and treat it.

During the last year, medical professionals and researchers have discovered better treatment modalities used to combat the infectious disease, with possibly one of the most exciting discoveries being related to CBD. 

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the numerous compounds found in the cannabis plant and has been shown to have a variety of potentially beneficial properties, including reducing inflammation.  CBD also lacks the intoxicating (“high”) effects that another well know cannabinoid, THC, possesses; and studies have suggested that CBD may prove to be a powerful tool in treating many diseases that affect both people and animals.  One of the diseases CBD may be useful in treating includes Covid-19, caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As described in a recent article published by Forbes magazine, scientists from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute support further investigation into CBD’s disease-fighting potential.  CBD may hold promise not only in treating inflammation, but may also prevent viral replication, both of which would be advantageous in the war against Covid-19.

Although the scientific community has made great strides in its battle against Covid-19, many of the drugs that are currently being used also have negative side effects.  Research has shown that CBD, although not completely understood, is well tolerated and has an extremely wide margin of safety.

The future is finally looking brighter with our recent advancements in the treatment and prevention of Covid-19.  As the scientific community starts to look at more holistic ways to treat the disease, including the use of CBD, the fact may very well be that Nature truly is the best medicine.