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They have high hopes for a coronavirus breakthrough.
A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent or treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study.
The article goes on to state the following:
Researchers from the University of Lethbridge said a study in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants were high in CBD that appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body.
According to results of the study, printed in online journal Preprints, researchers Olga and Igor Kovalchuk believe “hemp extracts high in CBD may help block proteins that provide a “gateway” for COVID-19 to enter host cells.”
Igor explained how cannabis may prevent the coronavirus from entering the cells in a person’s body. “Imagine a cell being a large building. Cannabinoids decrease the number of doors in the building by, say, 70 per cent, so it means the level of entry will be restricted. So, therefore, you have more chance to fight it.”
Olga Kovalchuk, told CTV News, “The key thing is not that any cannabis you would pick up at the store will do the trick.” The CTV News report further states:
Over the past four years, they have tested hundreds of extracts, but only a small percentage have proven effective.
Those extracts contain high concentrations of CBD, but very low levels of THC, so users would not experience a “high.”
Dr. Igor Kovalchuk provided additional insight on his research in a new interview this week. The host noted that in the United States, federal law prohibits most universities from even researching the medical use of cannabis.
Kovalchuk said, “You cannot believe, in the past two weeks, how many calls I have received from doctors and scientists…” including a doctor from New York, who said after he saw an article about the research, he started prescribing CBD to his patients, and all six elderly patients he gave the product to are doing “extremely well.”
Let’s see what the science says. Makes some sense biologically. CBD seems to be the active agent. https://t.co/2WpHrjQVDS
— Dr Drew (@drdrew) May 21, 2020
Southern Alberta researchers say medical cannabis could help fight COVID-19 https://t.co/p2IS6Nj3Dx
— Jeremy Berke (@jfberke) May 21, 2020
— Tim Seymour (@timseymour) May 21, 2020
— DMLNewsApp (@DMLNewsApp) May 11, 2020
Could this be the game changer?https://t.co/yiitqI6JUe
— Carlo Colaiacovo (@CarloColaiacovo) May 8, 2020
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