Could Cannabis Be Used To Treat Coronavirus?
The COVID-19 crisis seems to have created a tidal wave of misinformation and fake news about the role that cannabis has to play in the pandemic. Unphased by a complete lack of evidence, critics seem convinced that marijuana makes the virus more deadly, while others argue that it helps the immune system resist infection. Searching for the facts can be a bit like sniping for spliff butts at the end of a party, but if you search hard enough you’ll always find something useful. To start with, there have been no studies on the interactions of cannabinoids with any of the viruses in the coronavirus family, so it’s impossible to say with any certainty what the consequences of cannabis use may be in the current situation. However, the more we learn about COVID-19, the more we can begin to speculate about how weed may help or hinder the body’s chances of remaining healthy. For example, research has shown that the SARS-CoV2 virus (which causes coronavirus) triggers something called a cytokine storm, whereby infected cells release excessive levels of proteins called cytokines, resulting in hyperinflammation[i]. In light of the well-known anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, it has been suggested that cannabis may help to curtail this cytokine storm and thereby limit the damage caused by the virus. Previous studies have even shown that smoking cannabis reduces cytokine production in healthy adults[ii], though it is unknown whether or nor this would extend to people who had been infected with coronavirus. Even if weed…
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