Cannabis extracts may help to prevent coronavirus
Canadian analysts are reading the potential for pot to be utilized to forestall coronavirus diseases.
Specialists at the University of Lethbridge in Calgary are concentrating in excess of 400 strains of cannabis and have verified that at any rate twelve may offer potential as a major aspect of medicines to forestall coronavirus from contaminating a host.
As per the scientists, the compelling strains have, in certain occurrences, figured out how to decrease infection receptors, which lessens the opportunity for a person to get coronavirus.
“A number of them have reduced the number of these receptors by 73 percent, the chance of it getting in is much lower,” Dr. Igor Kovalchuk told the Calgary Herald. “If they can reduce the number of receptors, there’s much less chance of getting infected.”
Mr. Kovalchuk said much more research would be necessary before they understand precisely whether CBD, THC, or some combination of ingredients is causing the reduction in receptors.
He added researchers would likely focus on understanding how high-CBD strains work, as CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and can be taken frequently and in high-concentration without the risk of getting the patient high or otherwise impairing them.
The preliminary study, which has not been peer-reviewed, focused on preventing coronavirus from finding a host while in the lungs, intestines, and mouth. Should further research prove fruitful, Mr. Kovalchuk said medicinal mouthwashes, gargles, gel caps, or inhalants could potentially be used to help reduce their risk of infection.
“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,” he said. “Given the current dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue must be considered.”
Despite the initial promising results, researchers have been unable to secure funding to begin conducting clinical trials.
“We have clinicians who are willing to work with us but for a lot of companies in the cannabis business, it’s significant cash that they can’t afford,” Mr. Kovalchuk said. “Our work could have a huge influence – there aren’t many drugs that have the potential of reducing infection by 70 to 80 percent.”
In addition to the Canadian study, a group of Israeli researchers has also begun clinical trials meant to test whether CBD can be used as a way to repair cells that have been damaged by Covid-19. Visit our online store to place an order