Cannabis may reduce chances of contracting Covid-19


Although it is a preliminary study and has yet to be peer-reviewed, researchers from the University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary are finding that certain strains of Cannabis may reduce chances of contracting Covid-19. Every study is important given the scope of the pandemic, regardless of whether the desired results are found or not. An article on the study, ‘In Search of Preventative Strategies: Novel Anti-Inflammatory High-CBD Cannabis Sativa Extracts Modulate ACE2 Expression in COVID-19 Gateway Tissues’, was published online on Preprints – and although further research needs to be done, the initial findings are promising.

Cannabis may reduce chances of contracting Covid-19

Researchers looked at hundreds of THC and CBD strains, and found that sativas higher in CBD were able to ‘down-regulate the protein receptor ACE2, which is targeted by the coronavirus in the mouth, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and elsewhere in the body’. As it was not possible at that stage to test their hypothesis on humans, their research was done with artificial 3D models that imitate parts of the body impacted by COVID-19. Working under the Health Canada research license, they developed over 800 new Cannabis sativa lines and extracts and hypothesized that high-CBD C. sativa extracts may be used to modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 target tissues. “Screening C. sativa extracts using artificial human 3D models of oral, airway and intestinal tissues, we identified 13 high CBD C. sativa extracts that modulate ACE2 gene expression and ACE2 protein levels. Our initial data suggest that some C. sativa extract down-regulate serine protease TMPRSS2, another critical protein required for SARS-CoV2 entry into host cells. While our most effective extracts require further large-scale validation, our study is crucial for the future analysis of the effects of medical cannabis on COVID-19.

The study certainly does show promise, as the weed strains high in CBD C. used in the research show they communicate with the same receptors COVID-19 does. The hope is that their findings will significantly lower the chances of contracting the coronavirus and help in the fight to stop its spread. To read the full study go to .

Other interesting articles from and

Top places to bicycle around Montreal


Le Funhouse 2020 party

Montreal Le Funhouse 2020 party 3 day line-up

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Skiing regulations

Skiing regulations with no aprés ski

With winter just around the corner many Quebecers are wondering or asking how ski hills are going to handle new regulations this year. There is no question that this year ski hills will have their challenges. Skiers will have to wear face masks inside the chalet at all times and on the chair lifts, as

Gold Coast Garage Doors

Gold Coast Garage Doors: A brief tutorial on insulation and safety

A garage can serve a lot of purposes other than just a parking place. The space in the garage is perfect for storage and even as your personal workshop. But they are notoriously drafty, which makes a little harder to spend time inside them. You can solve this problem by adding insulation to the Gold

Montreal restaurants in red zones

COVID-19 – No holiday cheer for Montreal restaurants in red zones

Just last week Quebec was proposing a ”moral contract” with Quebecers that would allow them to enjoy the holidays at home with their families and friends. Premier François Legault gave the green light for up to 10 people to get together in private homes between Dec. 24 – Dec. 27. The premier was asking people to stick to

sturdy bed frame

6 crucial benefits of a sturdy bed frame

Many individuals think that bed frames are not that useful as beds just sit on the ground. Although it’s not entirely wrong, there is a list of reasons to invest in a good bed frame. Bed frames provide the bed with storage options, controls insects and molds, and delivers a massive boost of aesthetic visual

Tips to reduce your anxiety attacks

Tips to reduce your anxiety attacks at night

Picture this situation, you are finally relaxing after a long day. You are feeling tired and your body falls into a state of calmness, but then you suddenly feel more and more awake. Anxiousness overwhelms you and you feel like you can do nothing but say goodbye to your perfect night of sleep. Here are

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox