Researchers at the University of South Carolina believe the most potent chemical found in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), could be effective in treating some potentially lethal COVID-19 complications, according to a preliminary study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology,
The study, co-published by Prakash Nagarkatti, found that THC in mice could prevent a harmful immune response that causes Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) called Staphylococcus aureus and its enterotoxin, SEB, and could cause a significant increase in healthy lung bacteria.
The release of SEB into the body in excess could lead to injury to various organs, including the lungs, according to the study.
ARDS is one of the potential fatal complications of COVID-19, according to another study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Patients who develop ARDS while being treated for COVID-19 are often put on ventilators to assist with breathing.
Published: September 30, 2020
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