*This article is purely informational and does not constitute medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider about CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a naturally-occurring compound found in varieties of the cannabis plant (mainly from hemp).
For years, CBD has been the subject of several studies. It has been commercialized into many forms – CBD oil, tinctures, creams, vape liquids, gummies, tea, shampoo and more.
Although CBD is extracted in cannabis plants, CBD can’t cause the “high” feeling. THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is the active compound that causes “high” among marijuana users.
The studies presented do not imply that CBD can treat the condition mentioned. Moreover, the information presented here is not meant as a substitute or alternative to information from healthcare professionals. Consult your healthcare provider about CBD before use.
CBD and the Respiratory System
Currently, there are around 30 studies and literature reviews found in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s online library about CBD and the respiratory system.
Most of the studies were done on animals (studies done on humans are thought to be more credible). Without a substantial number of human trials, no one can’t confirm CBD’s therapeutic potential.
Does CBD Oil Kill Viruses?
Researchers cultured Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the presence of CBD. After a few days, CBD effectively prevented the flourishing of HCV by 86.4%. This result puts CBD at par with interferon alpha which is part of the standard HCV treatment.
Interestingly, CBD, compared to interferon alpha, shows lesser toxicity to cells.
Similar studies such as Yehoshua Maor et al. ‘s shows CBD’s effect to Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus(KSHV).
Indeed, several compounds found in plants have proven antiviral activity in response to nature’s challenges. Even terpenes, compounds found in the same plant as CBD, evolved to become antimicrobial to protect plants from infections.
The current number of studies, the manner they’re formed, and the content itself neither refute nor confirm CBD’s efficacy as an anti-viral agent.
Meanwhile, it’s important for CBD product sellers to stop promoting CBD as a cure for COVID-19.
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