It is no secret that Covid-19 has had a deadly impact on the world population. As numerous major pharmaceutical companies vie for a guaranteed cure, new strains emerge with new and potentially deadlier symptoms. While the battle for the cure wages on, our favorite underdog cannabis is being tested on various fronts as a contender for the throne.
Where to Begin?
Covid-19 overworks the immune system and can cause a shutdown of the lungs and other vital organs. Regardless of the strain of Covid-19 being tested, they all have some of the same basic symptoms: inflammation in the lungs, difficulty breathing, fever, and nausea – to name a few.
In a collaborative effort, GB Sciences and Michigan State University joined together to co-create a cannabis-based treatment to benefit the patient by providing relief from these symptoms. During the pre-clinical trials, Michigan State University found that the chemical helped to reduce inflammation in the lungs. It is also important to note that these trials are potentially a year and a half away from completion.
Meanwhile at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, professors have been using newly created hybrid strains of cannabis to address certain therapeutic properties to reduce the spread of the virus, as well as symptoms. In conjunction with the American-based Good Pharmaceutical Development Company, the research collected by the University of Lethbridge was used to create an oral rinse to treat the virus. While all test results from the current trial have been positive, it is noted that individuals should not take it upon themselves to try to treat their symptoms with local cannabis. Self-medicating in this way may not produce similar results, as the custom creation being used in this trial will not be present in other strains.
Similar studies are being conducted between the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in which cannabis is being used as a cytokine inhibitor to help fight inflammation in the lungs.
Currently, there have not been any methods approved for the actual treatment of Covid-19, but the future is looking brighter.