Cannabis Could Fight Off COVID-19 Infections, Study Shows
In today's news that sounds like it was thought up by Snoop Dogg, scientists have reason to believe that cannabis could fight coronavirus.
Don't get your hopes up yet, though. The study was published on an online platform for free research papers, and it hasn't been peer-reviewed. Still, it makes for some good reading.
So, here's what you need to know.
The research is based on the fact that the coronavirus enters through angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2). With that, the study purports that cannabis extracts may be able to down-regulate the spread of infection when consumed.
"The extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD C. sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy. They can be used to develop easy-to-use preventative treatments in the form of mouthwash and throat gargle products for both clinical and at-home use. Such products ought to be tested for their potential to decrease viral entry via the oral mucosa," the research says.
It's an interesting alternative prevention strategy, for sure. But, right now it's a bit of a stretch considering it hasn't be reviewed by other scientists, let alone be tested.