Can Cannabis Help Prevent COVID-19?

Can Cannabis Help Prevent COVID-19?

One of the great things about cannabis is the health benefits that the plant provides. Marijuana enthusiasts and scientists have extolled about the curative powers of weed extensively over the years. Now that cannabis is becoming more legalized in more states and parts of the world as time goes on, it’s becoming easier than ever to perform medical research. It is well known that cannabis helps to ease glaucoma and the side effects of chemo, for example. But can cannabis help prevent COVID-19?

Research into marijuana stopping coronavirus

Preliminary research is coming out of Canada that certain strains of cannabis that can help increase resistance to coronavirus. Huge news. What happens is that these strains reduce the virus’s ability to enter the lungs. This is big, because as we know by now, when coronavirus enters the lungs, it takes hold quickly, reproduces and spreads. So if strains of cannabis can stop the virus from entering the human body, or at least substantially reduce the rate of infection, that’s an incredible breakthrough.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the science: Coronavirus needs a receptor, so that it can enter a human host. That receptor is known as an angiotensin-converting enzyme II, or more commonly, ACE2. ACE2 is found in your lungs, mouth, nose, kidneys, and so on. Basically all of the places you’ve heard that COVID-19 can get into. Preventing coronavirus from entering your body is a matter of blocking off these receptors.

This is where cannabis comes in – but with a twist. Canadian scientists are reporting that they have developed over 800 new Cannabis sativa variants, with high levels of CBD. In addition, the researchers have identified 13 extracts which they say block off those ACE2 levels, in these coronavirus entry points in our bodies.

Now, why CBD, do you ask? As we’ve talked about in the past, CBD has huge medicinal and curative properties. One of CBD’s best qualities is that it’s anti-inflammatory. When we’re talking about COVID-19, and its horrid symptoms, any treatment that can reduce inflammation is vital. As a result, the strains that the Canadian scientists are most excited about in these studies are high in CBD, sometimes even low in THC content. 

So what happens now with CBD and COVID-19 research?

The researchers that studied these 13 cannabis high in CBD are excited about the possibilities. They did their research in partnership with Pathway Rx, a cannabis therapy research company, and Swysh Inc., a CBD research company. They’re looking for funding to continue researching this breakthrough, and the possibilities. The scientists are discussing the possibilities of reducing the virus by as much as 70 to 80 percent. They’re also talking about preventative treatments such as a mouthwash or something similar. Exciting times… so hopefully they will get the funding they need in order to continue. Stay tuned on these exciting developments.