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Researchers Say THC From Cannabis May Prevent Covid-19 Mortality

Coronavirus particle, illustration. Different strains of coronavirus are responsible for diseases such as the common cold, gastroenteritis and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). A new coronavirus (2019-CoV) emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The virus causes a mild respiratory illness that can develop into pneumonia and be fatal in some cases. The coronaviruses take their name from their crown (corona) of surface proteins, which are used to attach and penetrate their host cells. Once inside the cells, the particles use the cells' machinery to make more copies of the virus.

There may be some relief from COVID-19, even before a vaccine might hit the market. According to researchers at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, THC might prevent death from COVID-19.
THC is being tested to see if it will prevent cytokine storms and ARDS. Cytokine storms happen when the immune system goes overboard in its attempt to fight off an infection and ARDS or acute respiratory distress syndrome causing difficulty breathing.

Mice injected with Staphylococcus aureus or SEB were tested with THC and the study found that 100 percent of mice that were given THC before being exposed to SEB survived, however, those not given THC died.

Human research needs to be conducted and especially those with COVID-19 symptoms but the research looks promising and THC could prevent the escalation of COVID-19 becoming deadly.

 

 

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