We’ve been saying from day zero, that a high immunity based consumption pattern is key for coronavirus prevention and treatment, and now a team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent or treat coronavirus infections.
Researchers from the University of Lethbridge said a study in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants were high in CBD that appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body.
The results, printed in online journal Preprints, indicated hemp extracts high in CBD may help block proteins that provide a “gateway” for COVID-19 to enter host cells.
While they stressed that more research was needed, the study gave hope that the cannabis, if proven to modulate the enzyme, “may prove a plausible strategy for decreasing disease susceptibility” as well as “become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy.”
Cannabis could even be used to “develop easy-to-use preventative treatments in the form of mouthwash and throat gargle products,” the study suggested, with a “potential to decrease viral entry” through the mouth.
All were high in anti-inflammatory CBD — but low in THC, the part that produces the cannabis high.
The study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, was carried out in partnership with Pathway Rx, a cannabis therapy research company, and Swysh Inc., a cannabinoid-based research company.
We will keep you updated on any developments in this space, in the mean time, keep verifying the brands you are buying and understand the source of your plants as much as possible – but keep engaged in the cannabis space re COVID-19, as we are likely to see massive developments here for immunity and healing overall.