Therapeutic Effects of Cannabinoids and Their Applications in COVID-19 Treatment


Rebeca Pérez, Talita Glaser, Cecilia Villegas, Viviana Burgos, Henning Ulrich and Cristian Paz


December 15, 2022


Cannabis sativa is one of the first medicinal plants used by humans. Its medical use remains controversial because it is a psychotropic drug whose use has been banned. Recently, however, some countries have approved its use, including for recreational and medical purposes, and have allowed the scientific study of its compounds. Cannabis is characterized by the production of special types of natural products called phytocannabinoids that are synthesized exclusively by this genus. Phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids are chemically different, but both pharmacologically mod- ulate CB1, CB2, GRP55, GRP119 and TRPV1 receptor activities, involving activities such as memory, sleep, mood, appetite and motor regulation, pain sensation, neuroinflammation, neurogenesis and apoptosis. ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are phytocannabinoids with greater pharmacological potential, including anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anticonvulsant activities. Cannabidiol is showing promising results for the treatment of COVID-19, due to its capa- bility of acting on the unleashed cytokine storm, on the proteins necessary for both virus entry and replication and on the neurological consequences of patients who have been infected by the virus. Here, we summarize the latest knowledge regarding the advantages of using cannabinoids in the treatment of COVID-19.


DOI: 10.3390/life12122117


Pérez, R., Glaser, T., Villegas, C., Burgos, V., Ulrich, H., & Paz, C. (2022). Therapeutic Effects of Cannabinoids and Their Applications in COVID-19 Treatment. Life, 12(12), 2117.