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Cannabis could save us from Coronavirus

Cannabis could save us from Coronavirus

Author: Rafi Benady | Monday 5th October 2020

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Three separate studies have all found that chemicals that naturally occur in cannabis have the potential to prevent the deadliest effects of Covid-19.

In a study on mice at the University of South Carolina scientists found that cannabis can prevent the extreme immune response that can prove fatal to COVID victims.

THC, the substance in cannabis that gets you high, seems to suppress Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome – the breathing complication that causes many coronavirus deaths.

The team, led by Professor Amira Mohammed, published their research in Frontiers in Pharmacology. They wrote that “treatment with THC led to 100% survival of mice”.

“The preliminary results were highly positive," Eybna's CEO Nadav Eyal told the Jerusalem Post, adding that the results demonstrated that cannabis terpenes were producing more than just a placebo effect.

Meanwhile, two cannabis researchers from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada – Olga and Igor Kovalchuk – found that some high-CBD, low-THC cannabis extracts can block the pathways that coronavirus uses to invade cells.

This means there’s potentially a safe, low-cost, and globally-available weapon in the fight against the pandemic.