Marijuana could actually prevent Covid-19 infections, a new study says.
Recently, public health workers warned that using marijuana during the pandemic can be quite deadly as most of the patients with underlying lung issues were more at threat from the coronavirus. However, a new study has revealed that some strains of marijuana can prevent the spread of Coronavirus and also ease the symptoms as well.
Most of the people are infected from coronavirus through airborne particles in the air and they infiltrate the body through the lungs and then move onto the corresponding tissues and organs. The scientific community has identified ACE2 protein as the primary gateway the COVID-19 infects patients. A research was done on CBD and THC before the pandemic and it suggested that THC and CBD could lower gene expressions that produce and regulate ACE2 proteins.
This study made researchers at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta very curious as it might mean that cannabis can actually prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The researchers are doing some more research into this matter and they believe that combinations of cannabinoids “may become a useful addition to the treatment of COVID-19,”. They also believed that easy-to-use products like mouth wash and throat gargle to be developed to lower the spread of the disease through the mouth.
Recently, a hospital in Isreal started the treatment of COVID-19 patients with cannabis because it contains anti-viral properties. However, due to very little research on the matter, researchers are neglecting cannabis in their research against the coronavirus but some scientists are determined to prove that cannabis could actually prove to be quite useful in this fight against the novel coronavirus.
From our friends at Benzinga, we’ve gathered comment from one of the researchers and it says “While our most efficacious extracts require further validation in a large-scale analysis and an animal model, our study is crucial for the future analysis of the effects of medical cannabis on COVID-19,” concluded the researchers. “Given the current dire and rapidly developing epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue needs to be considered.”
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