U of L scientists seek cannabis treatment for COVID-19

  • In some COVID-19 patients, the immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking the body itself in what’s called a cytokine storm.
  • When lung tissue is attacked, it can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and the need for a patient to be placed on a ventilator.
  • Olga and Igor Kovalchuk, professors in University of Lethbridge’s Department of Biological Sciences, along with researchers from Pathway RX (a research company focused on developing custom cannabis therapies), have found that certain cannabis strains show the potential to tamp down an immune system that’s gone into overdrive, thus preventing ARDS from developing.
  • The study is a followup to recent research the Kovalchuks conducted that showed certain cannabis sativa extracts may reduce COVID-19’s ability to enter human cells.

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