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Cannabis Could Fight Off COVID-19 Infections, Study Shows

Don't get your hopes up yet.
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In today's news that sounds like it was thought up by Snoop Dogg, scientists have reason to believe that cannabis could fight coronavirus.

Amazing.

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Don't get your hopes up yet, though. The study was published on an online platform for free research papers, and it hasn't been peer-reviewed. Still, it makes for some good reading.

So, here's what you need to know.

The research is based on the fact that the coronavirus enters through angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2). With that, the study purports that cannabis extracts may be able to down-regulate the spread of infection when consumed.

"The extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD C. sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy. They can be used to develop easy-to-use preventative treatments in the form of mouthwash and throat gargle products for both clinical and at-home use. Such products ought to be tested for their potential to decrease viral entry via the oral mucosa," the research says.

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It's an interesting alternative prevention strategy, for sure. But, right now it's a bit of a stretch considering it hasn't be reviewed by other scientists, let alone be tested.

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