Researchers at the University of Lethbridge in Canada recently released results from a study that shows the benefits of CBD - which is an extract from cannabis - as an aid in blocking the cells that enter the body from the novel coronavirus.
Scientists from all over the world are united day and night in search of treatment for the coronavirus epidemic. "Immune resilience could potentially be enhanced by changing the number of CB receptors or increasing the presence of the cannabinoids to stimulate those receptors". On Monday, President Donald Trump announced that for at least two weeks he has explored the drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against the coronavirus. The study suggests some cannabis strains were actually able to reduce virus receptor activity by as much as 73 per cent, which to us non-science folk sounds like a pretty decent reduction. "If they can reduce the number of receptors, there's much less chance of getting infected", AJC quoted Igor Kovalchuk, CEO of Pathway Rx and holder of a Health Canada License for Cannabis Research as saying.
He added researchers would seemingly concentrate on understanding how high-CBD strains work, as CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and might be taken incessantly and in high-concentration without the chance of getting the affected person excessive or in any other case impairing them.
If peer-reviewed studied and research continues, the paper published by the research team noted there could be future avenues of study with mouth wash, gargle, inhalants or gel caps.
"On the basis of our preliminary data extracts for novel, more effective Cannabis-sativa-lines, in anticipation of further investigations, is a useful complement to the treatment of Covid-19 and is an excellent GRASS-could-add-on therapy [GRAS stands for Generally regarded as safe, so as a safe claim - editor's note.] be".
Although the findings are promising, the researchers have as yet been unable to secure funding to extend into clinical trials.
Advice remains that CBD extracts and commercial products should not be considered a treatment option for Coronavirus patients.