“Have studies on medical marijuana and COVID-19 hinted at the possible treatment of Omicron, the latest variant of COVID? As of now, there are no studies that support this claim.
However, there are other researches that have sufficiently highlighted the effectiveness of marijuana use for the original COVID-19 disorder. This is, more or less, a good basis to further explore medical marijuana and COVID-19 recovery possibilities for different variants like Omicron. Let’s discuss all of this and more in the blog post below.
COVID-19 and its variants
Even after two solid years since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China, no one has yet stumbled upon its ultimate cure. Caused by SARS-CoV-2, a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, this highly contagious disease developed into a pandemic just months after it emerged.
The adversities that this disease has caused have completely ravaged the countries. During the two years of its prevalence, this contagious pathogenic virus has taken various forms. the World Health Organization (WHO) has, to date, recognized about five variations of COVID 19.
- Alpha which was first documented in the UK
- Beta in South Africa
- Gamma in Brazil
- Delta in India and
- Omicron (newest) in South Africa first, then in many countries together
This directly reflects the dangers of COVID-19 and its ever-increasing mutilating variations. With the idea of curbing the spread of this virus, many vaccination campaigns have been and are being carried out around the world. This, however, is not a permanent solution.
As a result, scientists and doctors are testing various drugs and forms of therapy in tandem. Of these, cannabis is the one that seems to have received a lot of attention. Can it help in the treatment of any of the symptoms of the disease and are there any studies to back it up? Let’s go through each aspect step by step.
Cannabis and COVID-19: does it work?
Before talking about the medical marijuana working for the latest variant, Omicron, we must first know if cannabis has shown any potential effect in the treatment of the original COVID-19. With the impressive array of medicinal benefits that cannabis use brings, there are surely some symptoms of COVID that it can cure.
C. Sativa can reduce several cytokines
A recent study published during the month of January 2021, pointed out that cannabis could indeed help fight against this serious disease.
According to this study,
“Of the seven studied extracts of new C. sativa cultivars, three (#4, #8 and #14) were the most effective, causing profound and concerted down-regulation of COX2, TNFα, IL-6, CCL2 and other cytokines and pathways related to inflammation and fibrosis.
This means that three C. sativa extracts can actually help stop the cytokine storm by treating the main identifiable symptoms of COVID-19, namely:
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Fortunately, there is another study who discovered something along the same lines. This study found that CBD or Cannabidiol, a compound found naturally in cannabis plants, played a particularly active role in:
- Reduce cytokine storm
- Protect lung tissue and
- Restoration of inflammatory homeostasis
This supportive research has strongly supported claims that cannabis could treat symptoms of COVID-19. However, this is only the beginning. There is a need for more such research studies to thoroughly explore this area of drug therapy.
Can medical cannabis help treat Omicron variant and its symptoms?
It was as recent as November 26, 2021, when the WHO identified a new variant B.1.1.529, named after Omicron. This variant of the original COVID-19 is still being researched due to its recent discovery. Until the uncertainty surrounding this variant is resolved, no one can make any recovery claims about it.
Until the severity, the transmissibility or the risk of reinfection are not precisely discovered, how will a valid form of treatment be found?
This is what makes it difficult to predict whether or not cannabis use might help in the treatment of this new variant of the COVID-19 disorder. However, since we know that medical cannabis can help relieve some of the symptoms of the original COVID-19 disease, we will try to uncover them below for a better understanding of our readers.
Medical Cannabis Can Help Treat These COVID-19 Symptoms
Despite the lack of research on the treatment of Omicron using medical cannabis, we know for a fact that it is a mangled version of the original COVID-19. And with the help of good medical cannabis use, we know that it is possible to treat some symptoms of COVID-19.
We will then be able to make full use of this connection in the near future. Provided you conduct relevant studies and find more similarities than differences between the two. Until then, we can continue to explore the potential of medical cannabis for the following symptoms of COVID-19.
Pain and inflammation
As we know, COVID-19 is basically an acute respiratory syndrome that causes:
- Sore throat
- Intense body aches and
Cannabis then becomes a fairly effective solution because it can easily relieve these symptoms. Even an inflamed throat can be helped by the legitimate consumption of this natural medicine.
A patient struggling with a life-threatening illness like COVID-19 is sure to feel very anxious. What’s even worse is that to prevent it from spreading, patients have to self-isolate. This adds fuel to the fire, because the intensity of their anxiety keeps increasing.
To prevent this disease from ruining the mental health of COVID-19 patients, CBD has proven to be particularly helpful. As CBD increases the activity of serotonin and lowers cortisol levels, it becomes a rather effective anti-anxiety drug for suffering patients.
Numerous studies have shown the potential of cannabis and cannabinoids in treating or managing the severe symptoms of this pandemic disorder. In particular, benefits such as protection from pulmonary fibrosis and limitation of cytokine storm play a major role in the overall well-being of a COVID-19 patient.
However, despite the presence of such relevant studies, it is not fair to predict the same for the latest variant, Omicron. Until the proper research is completed, we should all exercise restraint and hope that further studies will be beneficial for all of us.
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