THC in cannabis 'could help prevent' deadly complications of coronavirusPosted by On

THC found in marijuana helped to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (Picture: Getty)

Chemicals in cannabis have shown promising results in the treatment of serious complications caused by Covid-19, researchers have revealed.

Scientists used THC – the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana – on mice suffering with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

The disease is a life-threatening condition when fluid builds up in the lungs, meaning they cannot provide the body with enough vital oxygen.

It is one of the most common and serious complications brought on by coronavirus and can be fatal or lead to permanent pulmonary scarring. It has been found to occur when patients’ immune systems attempt to fight Covid-19 and start attacking healthy cells.

University of South Carolina researchers wanted to see if THC, which has shown to act as a potent anti-inflammatory, could be effective at protecting mice from ARDS.

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