Compounds found within the Cannabis Sativa plant have demonstrated a significant amount of medicinal potential for the treatment of a variety of illnesses and ailments. Some of these compounds are currently being investigated for the treatment of chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, and many other conditions. But do cannabis compounds, such as CBD, have the potential in treating viral diseases?
The main components of the cannabis plant are known as cannabinoids. These compounds have been found to interact with receptors within our bodies which are thought to be responsible for a huge number of bodily functions and immune responses. This system is known as the Endocannabinoid System, and the two most prevalent cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant are CBD and THC.
CBD has been shown to have some benefits to patients in a number of conditions, including epilepsy and pain. Furthermore, attention around the therapeutic potential of the compound has also been on the increase, however, evidence in this area remains fairly limited. The effect of CBD on viral infections is one such area that requires additional research to be better understood.