Doctors say watching someone with severe coronavirus is like watching someone drown without being in the water.
And in many cases, they’re powerless to act. There’s just too much damage in the lungs.
But new research highlights what could turn out to be an important way to help reduce that damage, protect the lungs, and potentially save lives.
Ironically, it comes from a source the mainstream would prefer to ignore. And not just because it’s a natural solution at its heart.
It’s the SOURCE of that therapy, which has been not just frowned upon. It’s even been OUTLAWED for generations.
“FORBIDDEN therapy” could CHANGE the coronavirus game
To be clear, this is NOT a coronavirus cure or even a treatment (yet). But in these dire times with rising infection numbers and thousands of deaths per day, it’s something almost as important: It’s hope.
Hope that doctors may soon have another new weapon to fight one of the WORST and DEADLIEST forms of damage left by this infection. And it comes from a totally unexpected source: Cannabidiol, aka CBD.
CBD is a compound that comes from the same plant as marijuana, but minus the substance that makes you “high.”
In experiments on mice, researchers found CBD may help stop the inflammatory damage that leads to the infamous “cytokine storm” that turns so deadly in many COVID-19 cases.
The body responds to the acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by the coronavirus by producing a peptide called apelin. The problem is that response is quickly overwhelmed by the infection.
In the mice with a coronavirus-like infection, apelin levels dropped to nearly zero. But that changed when they were given CBD.
The mice that received the CBD had their apelin jump by 20 times. That means it almost normalized the levels of this essential weapon. In other words, ultimately, CBD could potentially give the body what it needs to fight back.
CBD could become a COVID-19 therapy in the future
Of course, don’t try to self-treat with CBD. Remember, this is a mouse study.
The results ARE exciting, no doubt. But we still need to see human trials before we can say for sure if CBD will have the same beneficial effect on humans fighting the coronavirus and other infections.
If you have… or even suspect you have… the COVID-19 infection or any other potentially serious illness, hightail it to your doctor or the ER as quick as you can. They will use already proven treatments to help you recover.
But the science here IS very promising. And there could come a time soon when researchers confirm a way to incorporate CBD into treatments to help stop this infection from turning so deadly so quickly.
Meanwhile, continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and avoid going into places with crowds if you can avoid it for now.
Got questions about CBD? I answered the 4 most common CBD-oil questions here.