Researchers at the University of South Carolina conducted 3 studies in mice and found that THC, the chemical that gives cannabis its effect on the mind, can help prevent the harmful immune response that causes ARDS.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome is one of the most common complications for patients who suffer from severe cases of infection with the Coronavirus, and it can be fatal or lead to permanent lung scarring, and it is known that it is a condition that affects Corona patients when their immune systems overload the virus and begin to attack healthy cells.
The aim of the study was to find out whether THC could block the immune response that leads to acute respiratory distress syndrome, by introducing a toxin into mice that triggers the response. In dozens of experiments across all three studies, all the mice that were given THC survived after the poison, while the mice that did not receive the chemical died.
The researchers warned that the results of their work are still not conclusive, and stress that they do not encourage people to use cannabis for self-medication. However, they said the initial research was promising to use THC as a treatment for severe cases of the virus that has already killed more than 209,000 people in the United States and more than a million people around the world.
The study found that THC helps suppress the body’s immune response while increasing healthy bacteria in the lungs.
Another study found that the terpene compound in hemp can also be used to prevent cytokine storm syndrome, an inflammatory response that can lead to fever, fatigue and vomiting in Corona patients. The early results of that study, published last August, showed that terpenes were twice as effective at suppressing cytokine storms than dexamethasone.
Another study published by Canadian researchers in June found that a specific strain of hemp can help prevent the virus from entering the body in the first place, according to the British Daily Mail.
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