Benefits Of CBD While Using Steroid Therapy May Have Been Discovered By Accident
Israeli canna-tech startup Stero Therapeutics is working to understand if cannabis could be a possible cure for COVID-19. The company was planning to start a clinical trial when the number of new cases slowed down, and the hospitals were left with very few patients. Stero’s goal is to understand if CBD can increase the effect of corticosteroids. David Bassa, the founder and CEO of Stero, gained the experience to treat health issues with CBD at his previous company.
Bassa established Stero after receiving a broad US patent covering 130 autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, arthritis and chronic urticaria (hives).
Steroids are used to prevent the cytokine storm, a symptom of acute COVID-19. The cytokine storm usually triggers the immune system to release a lot of the molecules, leading them to be more dangerous than the actual virus. Stero’s four-month trial is focusing on Crohn’s disease patients relying on steroids. It might be surprising to know that the connection between CBD and steroid was a complete accident. Dr. Moshe Yeshurun, Stero’s senior medical advisor, wanted to ease the patients’ pain by giving them medical cannabis, which actually led them to the road of recovery. Devoted to learning how cannabis could improve our health, Bassa has partnered with Israel’s largest HMO, Clalit.
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