Researchers looking at Cannabis to help prevent COVID-19

Culture 24/07/2020

Given the current state of the world and the continuing battle against COVID-19, anything and everything is being looked at as a potential combatant.

Researches are reportedly now looking at cannabis as a potential way to prevent the virus - because what can't it do?

A pair of Canadian researchers, Olga and Igor Kovalchuck, are taking a look at a “special strain” of cannabis for its possible COVID-19 preventing properties, according to Forbes.

The strain they’ve been developing was originally set to be used to combat cancer and inflammation, but once COVID struck the the Kovalchuck's pivoted.

Published in an April issue of the online medical journal Preprints, it states, “Similar to other respiratory pathogens, SARS-CoV2 is transmitted through respiratory droplets, with potential for aerosol and contact spread. It uses receptor-mediated entry into the human host via angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2) that is expressed in lung tissue, as well as oral and nasal mucosa, kidney, testes, and the gastrointestinal tract. Modulation of ACE2 levels in these gateway tissues may prove a plausible strategy for decreasing disease susceptibility.”

The strain the Kovalchuk's are looking at would be “used to decrease the level of ACE2 gene expression, essentially temporarily closing the doors to the virus.”

Obviously research is in pretty early stages so take it with a grain of salt for now but there's definitely a few promising possibilities with the research taking place!

For now - stick within the guidelines and let's hope we're heading towards something positive.