A team of Canadian scientists believe they have found the cure for coronavirus.
Backing their high hopes with a recent study, the scientists believe they have found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent or treat coronavirus infections, according to the New York Post.
Researchers from the University of Lethbridge said a study in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants were high in CBD that appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body.
The results, printed in online journal Preprints, indicated hemp extracts high in CBD may help block proteins that provide a “gateway” for COVID-19 to enter host cells.
“We were totally stunned at first, and then we were really happy,”
One of the researchers, Olga Kovalchuk, told CTV News.
Kovalchuk’s husband, Igor, suggested cannabis could reduce the virus’ entry points by up to 70 percent. “Therefore, you have more chance to fight it,” he told CTV.
“Our work could have a huge influence — there aren’t many drugs that have the potential of reducing infection by 70 to 80 percent,” he said.
The researchers are seeking funding to continue their efforts to support scientific initiatives to address COVID-19.