Can marijuana help in the fight against the novel coronavirus?
While there's no evidence smoking weed will save you from the coronavirus, Canadian scientists are looking to use a cannabis-based protein in a vaccine for COVID-19. Meanwhile, evidence also shows that cannabis can inhibit the viral activity caused by the coronavirus, helping prevent the spread and severity of the disease.
Cannabis Components To Be Used In Potential COVID-19 Vaccine
Researchers specializing in infectious disease at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada are turning to cannabis as they build a new COVID-19 virus vaccine candidate. The research team says that a plant-based antigen may be easier to produce commercially on a broad scale than animal-based antigens.
Zyus Life Sciences partnered with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan in an effort to develop proteins for a vaccine candidate using the cannabis plant. It is one of mappqny efforts in the race for a viable vaccine.
Cannabis components could prove to be useful for both vaccine candidates and other types of drugs meant to alleviate symptoms. In the race for a vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19, more possibilities are likely to emerge involving the cannabis plant.
Study: Cannabis Might Prevent COVID-19 Infections
Marijuana could regulate the main gateway COVID-19 enters host cells in patients, new research concludes.
New research into preventive measure and possible treatment to the novel coronavirus has yielded an unlikely candidate — cannabis. At the pandemic's start, public health officials warned inhalation of combustible marijuana could make individuals more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus and worsen illness symptoms. This hypothesis came from preliminary data out of China and Italy where underlying lung disease correlated with more hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
A new study published in the journal Preprints, which is not peer-reviewed, finds certain marijuana strains could prevent the spread and severity of COVID-19. It's all tied to how the coronavirus is transmitted between patients.
P.S. - Please don't experiment on yourself. This is news, not medical advice. Stay safe!