Posted on July 16, 2020 at 12:40 am


Cannabis Might Block COVID-19 Infection

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A recent study by Canadian scientists from the University of Lethbridge has concluded that consumption of Cannabis might affect blocking the COVID 19 infection.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc all around the world, and scientists are scrambling to find a solution. Recently this year, studies have been floating around that even the consumption of nicotine might help fight COVID 19.

The professionals at the University of Lethbridge have been testing the potential of Cannabis to prevent the deadly Coronavirus from creeping into the lungs, intestines, and orifices. 

The main active compound that is being tested as a potential coronavirus treatment is CBD. The research has been conducted on a High-CBD Cannabis Sativa.

The Research

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The researchers at the Lethbridge university have developed over 800 utterly new Sativa extracts, which are used to test against the Coronavirus. The strains developed are all universally high the great cherry pie strain at ILGM, as that’s the chemical compound, which is the main compound against the coronavirus protection effort.

CBD has its grounds as a viable respiratory pathogen prevention method. Like most other respiratory pathogens, the Coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets, aerosol, and contact spread.

The coronavirus infection occurs as the virus enters the system through a receptor-mediated method, via an angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2), present in the lungs, mouth, nose, kidney, testicles, and the digestive tract. 

The consumption of Cannabis has been a popular topic in recent years, as CBD is at a steady rise in popularity as an everyday supplement. That is due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects and the myriad of health benefits of the active chemical compound. 

The study has proposed that high doses of CBD might have a good effect on Coronavirus, as it might modulate gene expression, inflammation, harbor anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.

CBD is proposed to inhibit the spread of the Coronavirus in the oral, airway, and intestinal tissues. The initial data shows that particular Sativa extracts, rich in CBD, seem to slow down the serine protease TMPRSS2, which is an essential protein that’s required for the Coronavirus to enter the host cell, and thus, spread the infection. 

The Past and Potential


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Cannabis has been used to treat the SARS virus in the past. The SARS virus and COVID-19 are both strains of coronavirus, and treatments for the two seem to intersect to an extent. In 2002, cannabis terpenes were found to be an efficient antiviral agent, as they seem to reduce the severity, effect, and chance of infection by inhibiting the relocation of the virus. 

Now, this makes it harder for the virus to penetrate healthy cells and turn them into host cells, which aid the spread of the virus itself. In short, the consumption of CBD productive cannabis Sativa seems to make the replication process far harder for infections in the coronavirus family. 

Chris Albertyn, an expert on cannabinoids from King’s College London, has this to say about the research. 

“Researchers have to be particularly careful when disseminating their results, given the socio-political volatility of medicinal cannabis use. In this instance, the current research from Canada has just unveiled a potential therapeutic ‘mechanism of action’ that would need to be validated and tested in well-designed, robust clinical trials before any meaningful clinical conclusions can be drawn.”

To put this into layman’s terms, the consumption of Cannabis in one way or the other might help you cut down on the risk of infection from Coronavirus. As the Coronavirus spreads much like most other respiratory pathogens, the consumption of CBD rich Cannabis Sativa might have an immense potential to lessen the chance of catching the disease. 

The main potential of Cannabis in coronavirus treatment is as a preventative measure. If the research concludes that the results are consistent, accurate, and definitive – it might provide great insight into how we can protect ourselves from the deadly virus. 

The Future 

This research seems very promising, and the results could shift the tides of the Coronavirus. It is still to be peer-reviewed, but if the initial investigation is anything to go by, the coronavirus pandemic could last for a much shorter time than we thought. 

The research itself still has a long way to go. While over 800 new Cannabis sativa lines and extracts might seem like a lot, the combination of alkaloids, chemical compounds, and many more active ingredients still needs much research to determine their effect on the spread of COVID-19 fully.

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