Author: Connor Lieberman
July 6th, 2020
With an abundance of uncertainty in the world, specifically in the medical world, scientists are being forced to be creative. Scientists all around the world are attempting to find the cure and tools to help fight Covid-19 as modern medicine is being pushed to its absolute limit in the effort to fight Covid-19. One of the tools being tested out is the Cannabis plant. Emily Earlenbaugh, from Forbes, writes “Cannabis’ active compounds have a number of properties that make it appealing as a potential adjunct treatment for infections from the novel coronavirus, and recently scientists have begun looking at its potential for reducing susceptibility to the disease”. Surprisingly, scientists are even discussing whether to use Cannabis as an antiviral medication.
This month, researchers from the University of Nebraska, and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, are advocating for more research into how cannabis-derived CBD might help treat deadly lung inflammation from the novel coronavirus. The article goes on to explain how Cannabis has several anti-inflammatory properties. In particular, they point to CBD as the most likely candidate for treating COVID-19 related inflammation. A trail drug, with CBD in it, has already been passed by the FDA because it doesn’t create the disorienting psychotropic effects, most associated with cannabis. The coming months will prove whether the drug is a potential cure, or a very useful tool in the fight against Covid-19. This emphasizes once more the importance of continued research into the effects of Cannabis.
Photo Credit: Researchers are studying cannabis’ potential as an adjunct treatment for COVID-19. GETTY