Cure or Hype? An Inside Look at Cannabis COVID-19 Research

Could cannabis really prevent COVID-19 infections?
Loukia Papadopoulos

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When we heard that cannabis might block COVID-19 infections, we could barely believe it. That's why we had to speak with the scientists working on this research ourselves.

In this video, we bring you an interview with the lead researcher, biological scientist Dr. Igor Kovalchuk from the University of Lethbridge. What he has to say will astound you.

His work's goal was to find ways to stop COVID-19 from finding a host in the lungs, intestines, and oral cavity. Kovalchuk and his colleagues looked at over 400 cannabis strains and found about a dozen that have the most potential to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. What the researchers were looking into was a compound known as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) which has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Then, using artificial human 3-D tissue models, they studied how their chosen strains may react to COVID-19 infections in the oral, airway, and intestinal tissues. They were particularly looking at each strain's potential to modulate the levels of an enzyme related to COVID-19 infections called ACE2.

What did the researchers find out about cannabis and where are they now with their work? You have to watch the video to find out.

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