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A University of Ontario study suggests that CBD may offer some protection against COVID-19. Globalnews.ca

A new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo suggests that synthetic cannabidiol (CBD) may help provide some protection against COVID-19.

The University of Waterloo says that the study, Anti-viral response to cannabidiol and SARS-CoV-2 proteinshowed that the non-psychoactive compound, also found in the cannabis plant, “dominates the innate immune system of cells, potentially conferring protection against pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.”

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The school says its researchers found that CBD enhances the cell’s response to several key proteins produced by the coronavirus genome. It says the effect was not discovered prior to the study.

The university says the researchers looked at how proteins from the genome operated in human kidney cells and healthy control cells, both with and without CBD.

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“When cells in the lungs or digestive tract are infected with a virus, they have the ability to sense and respond even before the immune system is present with a virus,” said Prof Robin Duncan, who was the principal investigator. Study.

“They do this by activating innate responses inside cells, which form the first line of defense. In the case of COVID-19, however, this response is not very good, which has contributed to the high infection rate.”

She says that with viruses like COVID-19, cells normally kick-start an internal system that breaks down the virus, while killing the cells before they can actually engulf them.

“It can stop an infection, or slow its spread in the body or others,” Duncan explained.

“When we combined CBD with these viral proteins, they had a better ability to activate this system and activate apoptosis.”

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She noted that in cells that had not previously been exposed to the coronavirus, therapeutic doses of CBD appear to enhance the preparation of cells to respond to viral infections.

Maria Fernandes, who conducted the cell study, said, “This suggests that CBD at the right dose may help cells be in a better position to respond to the virus, but it does not cause a response unless a Don’t need it.”

Duncan pointed to a US study to support his own, noting that epilepsy patients who used high-dose pharmaceutical CBD were nearly 10 times less likely to test positive for COVID-19. There was a risk.

She pointed out that CBD does not cause a high, as does THC, which makes the drug more useful.

The school says the study, which has been previously peer-reviewed, is currently under review in the Journal of Life Sciences.

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