Certain strains of cannabis may help prevent or cure novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a new study has found.
The study was conducted by a team of Canadian scientists at University of Lethbridge in conjunction with Swysh Inc., a research company and Pathway Rx, a company for cannabis research.
According to the result of the study, certain cannabis plants with high enough amounts of active anti-inflammatory CBD altered the ACE2 pathways, which is what the virus uses to infiltrate the human body.
The scientists say that certain household products made out of CBD, such as some mouthwash products, could be effective in containing contracting COVID-19.
However, the scientists warn that not all cannabis plants have a positive effect in fighting off the virus.
They disclosed that aside being high in CBD, the effective strains were also low in levels of THC, which causes cannabis users to get “high”.
Although the study raises hope of cannabis’s effectiveness in combating the disease, the scientists warn that additional research was needed. The study has also not been peer-reviewed.
Global statistics from Worldometers shows that confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 5,407,419 with 344,025 fatalities as of Sunday morning.