Headlines via social media have made a new study showing marijuana could potentially prevent COVID-19 go viral.
The speculations revolving around social media continue to put pressure around the main question, can marijuana in fact help “prevent COVID-19?” although it has been concluded as “No.”
In the canadian study, scientists found that certain cannabis strains could potentially lower the number of cells that the virus attaches itself on, but it only centered around medical CBD extracts used in medicine; and not recreational use.
Researchers at the University of Lethbridge in Canada applied several strains of CBD to cells to see if it changed their ability to be infected by the COVID-19 virus in the study titled: “In Search of Preventative Strategies: Novel Anti-Inflammatory High-CBD Cannabis Sativa Extracts Modulate ACE2 Expression in COVID-19 Gateway Tissues,”
Scientists found 13 strains that showed promising results. In the findings they found that the 13 strains of cannabis extracts lowered the gene in human cells that creates the protein SARS-COV2 that COVID-19 latches on to.
Furthermore, researchers tested the full 25 cannabis strains but only about “13 lines were actually specifically active in the way that we were hoping,” researcher Olka Kovalchuk told VERIFY.
Kovalchuk is a professor at the University of Lethbridge and is also the co-founder and chief science officer of Pathway Research, the lab that put together this study.
Kovalchuk expressed with VERIFY that the results of the study are promising, but should not be taken as a fact yet.
Kovalchuk study only deals with medical cannabis extracts and still have not delved into recreational marijuana and stated that “these results cannot be extrapolated to the effects of cannabis smoking.”
“As scientists, what we try to do is try to contribute into this general pool of knowledge as to how to deal with this beast [COVID-19],” she said. “These data are enough for us to start planning a clinical trial. We would actually really like to run a full trial to see whether or not, for example, using these extracts in the form of a mouthwash, will, in the long run, lower the infection rate in a group.”
Nonetheless, the study has led to discovering promising results that can hopefully make it certain that some CBD strains could lower the number of cells that the virus can infect.
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