Can Cannabis Treat Coronavirus Infection?

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Recently, a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Lethbridge in Canada shows that the use of cannabis for coronavirus infection may help in relieving symptoms of the infection.

More specifically, the scientists found that strong strains of cannabis from thirteen different plants affected the ACE2 pathways. Previous studies have shown that the coronavirus uses  ACE2 pathways to reach and cause an infection inside the human body.

This means that the use of cannabis for coronavirus can possibly prevent or even treat the infection.

According to the findings of the study, which appear in the online version of the journal Preprint,  hemp extracts of cannabis may be helpful in blocking a protein that provides access to SARS-CoV-2 for causing an infection.

Consequently, the hemp extracts can effectively reduce the entry points of the virus for around seventy percent which then makes it easier for the doctors to treat the overall infection.

Igor Kovalchuk, who is one of the leading authors of the study, said in an interview with the Calgary Herald that “Our work could have a huge influence — there aren’t many drugs that have the potential of reducing infection by 70 to 80 percent,”

He further added that further investigation on the cannabis for coronavirus can is needed and that. ” It may prove a plausible strategy for decreasing disease susceptibility and become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy.”

In addition, the team highlighted that if cannabis is actually used for the treatment of coronavirus infection, it can be particularly easy to manufacture and use. In fact, adding cannabis to products like CBD can decrease viral entry points significantly.

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However, they also added that the effects of cannabis were only noticed with the use of a few strands. Not all strands work equally for coronavirus infection and some may even worsen the symptoms.

Out of some eight hundred recognized strand of cannabis, the scientists only picked around thirteen, all of which were low in THC but high in anti-inflammatory properties.

Previously, there had been reports of people using different strands of cannabis for relieving coronavirus infection symptoms at home in the US. There were actually a few CBD-based products that claimed to prevent and event treat COVID-19.

Since CBD is commonly used in many of the states in the US and there is no solid evidence to support the particular ‘products’ helped in the treatment of coronavirus infection, health authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to the manufacturers immediately.

However, most of the products and supplements that claimed to be miracle cures to COVID-19 in the past two months were known to be falsely advertised for higher sales.

Therefore, the cannabis-based products from some vendors did not take the recent research, whose findings were published online in April, into consideration.

The researchers have clearly stated that further investigation is needed and the results of the study are only to show the possibility of the addition of cannabis to the treatment for coronavirus infection in the future.

Currently, cannabis is not recommended as a preventive measure or a treatment for COVID-19. Do not buy cannabis-based products from any vendors that make bogus claims of treating symptoms of the infection.

There is no drug or product approved by any health authority that can treat or relieve symptoms of the coronavirus infection.

In case signs of COVID-19, including fever, dry cough, and sneezing occur, do not self medicate at home or use cannabis for coronavirus and visit a health facility as soon as possible.

 

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