New Study Reveals Cannabis May Help Treat COVID-19
Although it’s too early to tell the true potential of cannabis when it comes to treating COVID-19, recent studies have shown some exciting results!
Namely, a study conducted in June last year at the University of South Carolina revealed that THC and coronavirus might be closely connected. For one, we know that THC is an excellent anti-inflammatory — hence why scientists are so excited about it treating Acute Respiratory Syndrome (ARDS); the leading cause of mortality in severe cases of respiratory viral infections, including COVID-19.
Nevertheless, Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, vice president of research at the university, claims that consuming high doses of cannabinoids can, in fact, suppress the immune system and make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. Therefore, more research is needed on the subject, according to Dr. Prakash.
Yet another study from September 2020 dealt with cytokine storms — the discharge of multiple pro-inflammatory proteins that can overwhelm the immune system and attack the lungs. In this study, scientists found that cannabis can help shield the body during ARDS by reducing cytokine storms, re-establishing inflammatory homeostasis, and protecting pulmonary tissues.
Likewise, two biology professors from Lethbridge University, Igor and Olga Kovalchuk, proposed a whopping 13 CBD-rich cannabis Sativa extracts that could potentially help us cure COVID-19.
In short, according to their research, these strains can help modulate ACE2 receptors — proteins located on the surface of various cell types in our body that are used as entry points for viruses (such as COVID-19). Thus, cannabis could be used as a potential preventive treatment to stop coronavirus from infecting healthy human cells.
All in all, the future looks bright for cannabis. Yet, more research is needed to study all the potential benefits of this miracle plant and reveal its true power to the rest of the world.