Marijuana could prevent COVID-19 infections

Marijuana could prevent COVID-19 infections

This study found that the roots of the marijuana plant have a useful compound to kill off the coronavirus. The researchers analyzed 800 varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant and found that 13 of these contain large amounts of cannabidiol, a powerful anti-inflammatory. What is interesting about this substance is that inhibits certain enzymes found in mucus in the human body. Cannabidiol regulates the amount of the enzyme angiotensin 2 (abbreviated as ACE2) found in our respiratory tract. And why does this matter? Because SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, needs that enzyme to enter our body. The less ACE2 we have in the body, the lower the probability of contracting the virus.

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