In the news this morning, we read about a possible breakthrough in the marijuana community. We remain skeptical about this, but according to the New York Post, Canadian researchers claim certain strains of marijuana could prevent coronavirus infections. What do you think about that?
Possible Coronavirus Treatments In The Media
Everything in today’s article remains in the early stages of development. We know only as much as what the recent articles claim, and nothing more. In the first weeks of coronavirus, we heard the dismal news from scientists that there is no cure. There is no vaccine. There is no treatment.
But as the months went on, and researchers honed in on the case, we heard some drug names float around in the media.
- Convalescent Plasma
- Actemra/Tocilizumab…and more
While hopeful news, Good Rx claims, “There are no approved coronavirus treatments at this time.” The drugs listed above merely have the potential to alleviate some coronavirus symptoms. Again, this is all early stages and we need far more studies to make any firm conclusions.
Could Marijuana Be A Treatment?
Possibly. “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 the New York Post.
In more simple terms, the results indicated that hemp extracts high in CBD may help block certain gateways in the body. This, in turn, could stop COVID-19 from entering cell hosts. The study went on to say that marijuana “could reduce the virus’ entry points by up to 70 percent. Therefore, you have more chances to fight it.”
What Are We Supposed To Do With This Info?
At the moment, nothing. Do not assume that marijuana is the end-all cure for coronavirus. This Canadian study is just getting started (it was published seven days ago).
When and if further research comes out, scientist Olga Kovalchuk notes that certain strains would remain ineffective. “The key thing is not that any cannabis you would pick up at the store will do the trick,” she told CTV. You’d specifically have to look for one in 800 sativa strain varieties that show promise. As of this moment, we cannot provide any specific strain names or titles.
If anything, marijuana breeders may have to plant more of these sativa varieties to supply the masses. Once people get a sense that marijuana could prevent coronavirus, they will certainly flood dispensaries and seed banks to find these particular strains. We need time for breeders to grow enough supply to meet demand.
Do You Trust The Potential Treatment Drugs?
Trust is a massive component in the medical field. Doctors could prescribe medication all day long but if patients fear the potential side effects, they won’t take it. Personally, I’m hesitant to put anything in the body that I can’t pronounce.
Just look at the list of potential coronavirus treatments (above)! I can’t pronounce a single one! Do you really want to put Hydroxychloroquine in your body? Only you can decide. Imagine if something as all-natural and “green” as marijuana could fight off coronavirus? That would be a dream come true for so many of us. We’re already comfortable with marijuana consumption, and now it might have another medical benefit.
This Could Help Marijuana Legalization
And we’re just talking hypothetically, here, we can almost guarantee that every single state, every single country, could legalize marijuana is it showed promise to treat coronavirus. Marijuana would be falling from the sky! You’d be able to find it at grocery stores, wellness centers, smoke shops, and online.
Do We Have The Money For Scientific Funding?
Many of us don’t realize how expensive these studies are. Hell, even I don’t as I’m writing this. I have to imagine that it costs thousands if not millions of dollars to run clinical health studies. The question is, do researchers have the funding to explore marijuana’s possible anti-coronavirus benefits? No money, no results, no treatment. It’s all connected.
As we anxiously wait for more research to come out, do everything you can to stay healthy at home. This includes exercise, healthy eating, and proper sleep. We’re slaves to the clock at this point, since there’s nothing we can do to find a vaccine faster. It’s a waiting game that has most of us on the edge of our seats, but I have a feeling that we’re going to see a light at the end of the tunnel very soon.
In the comment section, tell us how you feel about the New York Post article? Do you think marijuana can prevent coronavirus?