Once again, we’ve got to begin with a disclaimer. This post, like some posts we shared last week, discusses the state of the science related to cannabis and COVID-19. Preliminary studies suggest that there may be some benefit, with regards to protection against COVID-19 infection, from some compounds found within cannabis. This is fascinating research and very exciting to the cannabis community.
It is not, however, a magic bullet, a panacea, or cure-all. Smoking hella dank will not make you COVID-proof and this should not, in any way, be taken as a suggestion that you should in any way reduce the measures that you take to protect yourself and those around you. In other words, maintain social distance, wash your hands, wear a mask and gloves when in contact with others… and also smoke hella dank. We’ve found staying high to be an excellent corona coping strategy.
With that out of the way, we’re excited to see more new research suggesting that compounds contained in cannabis may be part of the fight against COVID-19. Recently, we reported on Canadian researchers exploring the links between CBD and increased COVID-19 protections. Today, we’re exploring research by CannaSoul, a medical cannabis firm chaired by Dedi Meiri, a professor at the Israel Institute of Technology.
Dr. Meiri and his organization have previously successfully tested the power of cannabis-derived terpenes to reduce the symptom of infection by SARS, another coronavirus. According to reports in Health Europa, CannaSoul is exploring two approaches to COVID-19 treatments. The first involves suppressing the body’s immune response to reduce symptoms associated with infection. The second – and this seems similar to the Canadian research we’ve been following, but we’re biologists – is studying the ways that compounds in cannabis can bind with the ACE2 receptors in the body’s cells. Because virus particles bind to the receptor when injecting their genetic material into the cell, blocking these receptors may reduce the possibility of infection.
Given the global eye on COVID-19 and potential treatments, we’re hoping cannabis-derived approaches prove effective. A marijuana-based solution for a global pandemic would go a long way towards legitimizing medical marijuana in the eyes of the world.