A team of Canadian scientists believe they have found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent or treat coronavirus infections.
According to the Ne York Post, researchers from the University of Lethbridge said a study they conducted in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants were high in CBD and appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body.
“We were totally stunned at first, and then we were really happy,” one of the researchers, Olga Kovalchuk is quoted to have told CTV News.
On his part, Igor [Kovalchuk’s husband], told CTV that cannabis could reduce the virus’ entry points by up to 70 percent. “Therefore, you have more chance to fight it.”
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.”
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.
The researchers are seeking funding to continue their efforts to support scientific initiatives to address COVID-19.
“While our most effective extracts require further large-scale validation, our study is crucial for the future analysis of the effects of medical cannabis on COVID-19,” the research said.