THC’s role in Covid’s Deadly complications
Researchers at the University of South Carolina believe that cannabis tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be able to to deal with the fatal complications of Covid.
Leading researchers at the University of South Carolina believe that the cannabis chemical that causes the so-called “fixation” may be effective in treating a potentially fatal coronavirus complication, according to three recently published studies.
Studies co-published by Prakash Nagarkatti have found that THC, Cannabis’ most powerful brain-affecting chemical, can – in mice – prevent a harmful immune response causing Acute Respiratory Disorder Syndrome (ARDS) and cause significant growth of bacteria in a healthy lung.
The studies, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, the British Journal of Pharmacology and the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, performed by giving the mice a toxin that triggered the harmful immune response induced by ARDS and then injecting them with THC, according to studies.
“The underlying mechanism is your immune system that pops up and starts destroying your lungs and all your other organs.” said Nagarkatti for ARDS.
“It’s like a car where you press the accelerator a lot, but the brakes don’t work,” Nagarkatti said. “It simply came to our notice then your car crashes because you can not stop it. And that is basically the case with ARDS. ”
After dozens of experiments in the three separate studies, 100% of the mice that received THC survived, Nagarkatti said.
While the many differences between mice and humans mean that laboratory results in mice do not always translate directly into results In real life, Nagarkatti was amazed at the effectiveness of THC in treating ARDS.
There is currently no FDA-approved drug for treating ARDS, Nagarkatti said.
The experiments were so effective that Nagarkatti advised health workers to start testing for THC in humans.
However, that does not mean it is a good idea for people to smoke cannabis if they think they have coronavirus, he said. As THC suppresses. In the immune response, smoking cannabis for leisure can actually aggravate coronavirus infection.
“I just want to make sure that our research will not be interpreted as cannabis being good for COVID 19,” Nagarkatti said. “If you start using THC”early on, it can worsen the effect because it suppresses the immune system.”
In cases of coronavirus, Nagarkatti research shows that THC could be tested – if the drug has been approved for human testing – if a
The patient develops severe ARDS side effects, but not necessarily in all cases of COVID 19.
The studies were conducted by leading researchers at the University of South Carolina, two of whom – Prakash Nagarkatti and Mitzki Nagarkatti – are androgynous. Mitzki is president of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and Prakash is vice president of the University of South Carolina. in the field of research, according to the University website.
ARDS is a form of lung failure that can occur in patients with COVID 19 when small blood vessels in the lungs begin to leak. fluid, preventing air from entering the bloodstream, according to the Johns Hopkins website. Those who develop ARDS can need a respirator.
One of the ways in which ARDS can occur is when the body’s immune system overreacts to a virus and begins to attack healthy cells in the body, according to ScienceDaily.
ARDS has an average mortality rate of 43%, according to a 2020 study by the National Institutes of Health. In cases where ARDS is not fatal, can, according to Johns Hopkins, cause long-term scarring of survivors’ lung tissue.
This is not the first study to show that the chemicals in Cannabis may be useful in treating COVID 19.
A July study by the Medical College of Georgia at the University of Augusta found that cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce harmful
body response to coronavirus. CBD, which is not psychoactive, is already widely available in South Carolina retail stores.
The Cannabis Legalization Team NORML hailed the development as an addition to the growing evidence that Cannabis chemicals can cure diseases such as COVID 19 and others. However, the team advised caution with these early results and warned of several who could try to take advantage of the positive impact of Cannabis.
“The data at this point are at best preliminary and the public needs to be vigilant against predators that
“Some cannabis products are prematurely welcomed, especially CBD, as supposed COVID treatments or treatments for everything,” the spokesman said. NORML Press, Paul Armentano.
Note All articles published here refer to information on all cannabinoids, however, access to THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is not possible in Greece, which is not yet legal in our country.