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Cannabis May Reduce Deadly COVID-19 Lung Inflammation: Researchers Explain Why

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  • Jul 22 20 12:53 AM
    End-of-Daisies
    End-of-Daisies16k points

    I love how these articles always show someone in a lab coat staring intently at bit of bud they're holding in tweezers or a test tube or something, as if to say "Yessss. Yes. This is green."

    Thank god for stock photos of weed doctors.

  • Jul 22 20 12:35 AM
    [deleted]
    [deleted]20k points

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  • Jul 22 20 12:15 AM
    AlpineCoder
    AlpineCoder7k points

    "Are you high?!?"

    "No, I'm just heavily vaccinated."

  • Jul 22 20 12:36 AM
    how-goes-it-164
    how-goes-it-1644k points

    Sooo that's why Ive been perpetually stoned since January, "for my protection"

  • Jul 22 20 12:15 AM
    FattyCorpuscle
    FattyCorpuscle4k points

    BRB, going to create an N95 bong mask.

  • Jul 22 20 1:23 AM
    cymbal_king
    cymbal_king6k points

    PhD in pharmacology here. This title is very misleading.

    No human study has been completed on this. Sure there is potential justification to research it further, but that would also definitely NOT be done with smoked cannabis as many commenters have suggested.

    A meta analysis of >11,000 patients found that smoking significantly increases the likelyhood of experiencing severe COVID symptoms. Inhaling smoke is very pro-inflammatory and would counteract any anti-inflammatory effects from CBD or THC.

    Oral administration is more likely to be studied, if a research team could get funding for it.

    Edit: I've never claimed to be anti-weed. Just smoke, nobody should inhale burning plant matter of any kind.

    Edit 2: yes the article I posted is for tobacco smoke. If you have an article on cannabis smoke and COVID please share, I've been looking. Also, the main irritants and carcinogens in smoke from both tobacco and cannabis is Benzo[A]pyrene and related molecules, products of burning plant matter.

    Edit 3: yes, there are conflicting studies on the impact of smoking and COVID. Good luck trying to convince an IRB (ethics board) to approve a cannabis smoking trial to treat COVID though. Especially because there is a scientific consensus that smoking (tobacco) is one of the most harmful things for your health. SmokeFree.gov has free resources to help you quit tobacco.

    Edit 4: Checkout my comment on vaping vs smoking here

  • Jul 21 20 11:55 PM
    CHIMP_SPACE_CADET
    CHIMP_SPACE_CADET3k points

    There is a God.

    “The authors also note that CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid that shows promise as an anti-inflammatory medicine. THC has also shown powerful anti-inflammatory results, but it’s less well tolerated than CBD, with common symptoms like disorientation, anxiety, and increased heart rate. “

    So basically they’re also saying THC has powerful anti inflammatory properties but people are just amateurs. Time to carpet bomb the entire USA with cannabis smoke.

  • Jul 22 20 1:19 AM
    pheeelllip
    pheeelllip179 points

    Looks like the article is talking more about CBD than Covid and there's no link between the two yet.

    It's just throwing spaghetti at the wall

  • Jul 22 20 12:37 AM
    Felador
    Felador1k points

    Why is this upvoted at all?

    This isn't even a report on the results of a study. It's just someone suggesting CBD as a future path of research because of past rat mouse (that's what murine means) research that isn't even COVID specific. The COVID pathways are complex.

    Cytokine storms are possibly one part, but treating acute inflammatory reactions is also something that medicine is quite good at with steroid treatments already. That's why Dexamethasone was confirmed to reduce mortality rates significantly.

    There's virtually nothing concrete here that isn't already in the body of work.

    Oh wait. Reddit just wants to hear that pot cures everything.

    Edit: slight correction.

  • Jul 22 20 2:34 AM
    Tattered_Colours
    Tattered_Colours42 points

    Keyword here is of course the word may:

    No peer reviewed studies to date show that cannabis or it’s compounds can help with COVID-19 specifically, but the authors of this article say the evidence suggesting that it may help is worth further investigation. They recommend that scientists begin studies to investigate whether CBD can be used to reduce inflammation and anxiety in COVID-19 cases, as an adjunct to antiviral medications.

    While this doesn’t suggest cannabis should be considered a cure or treatment of COVID-19 on it’s own, it does suggest that it may have potential to help bring down inflammation and reduce anxiety in those suffering from the disease. But until more studies are done, this is just a well-supported theory. Direct experimentation is needed to bring us real answers.

    Not that I doubt the potential of cannabinoids to help or am against researching it, but it's important to note that this entire article is simply reporting on educated speculation.

  • Jul 22 20 12:03 AM
    Rockzilla78
    Rockzilla78244 points

    Puff, puff, don't pass

  • Jul 22 20 12:39 AM
    [deleted]
    [deleted]333 points

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  • Jul 22 20 12:56 AM
    justabill71
    justabill71141 points

    Have you ever had COVID-19 on weed?

  • Jul 22 20 2:04 AM
    keneny
    keneny45 points

    Why would inhaling smoke have any positive effects in combination with a respiratory focused virus? Maybe if it was consumed orally but this doesn’t make any sense to me.

  • Jul 22 20 12:30 AM
    Hodedoor
    Hodedoor265 points

    Ah, to live in a country with legalized marijuana and universal healthcare...

  • Jul 22 20 6:19 AM
    Coral_
    Coral_9 points

    the walls of resin coating my lungs keep me safe from the plague.

  • Jul 22 20 3:27 AM
    Laquox
    Laquox20 points

    No peer reviewed studies to date show that cannabis or it’s compounds can help with COVID-19 specifically, but the authors of this article say the evidence suggesting that it may help is worth further investigation. They recommend that scientists begin studies to investigate whether CBD can be used to reduce inflammation and anxiety in COVID-19 cases, as an adjunct to antiviral medications. 

    So basically no hard science has been done and this is another one of those "weed cures all" articles.

    It can't hurt but there's no hard data to say that this is any more valid than other solutions.

  • Jul 22 20 9:19 AM
    ATLtoATX
    ATLtoATX6 points

    No human study has been completed on this. Sure there is potential justification to research it further, but that would also definitely NOT be done with smoked cannabis as many commenters have suggested.

    A meta analysis of >11,000 patients found that smoking significantly increases the likelihood of experiencing severe COVID symptoms. Inhaling smoke is very pro-inflammatory and would counteract any anti-inflammatory effects from CBD or THC.

    Oral administration is more likely to be studied, if a research team could get funding for it.

    The best solution is to get the cannabinoids via a tincture. The solution is a CBG:CBD full spectrum oil or a CBD full spectrum oil. No smoking involved an all the benefits.

    Checkout r/CBDOilReviews if you're new to CBD/CBG.

  • Jul 22 20 3:27 AM
    human_mustard
    human_mustard36 points

    Why can’t people who do weed just accept that it isn’t healthy and stop with these dumbass denial articles trying to state otherwise.

  • Jul 22 20 12:33 AM
    PublishDateBot
    PublishDateBot14 points

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