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Let’s Break Down the New Cannabis and COVID-19 Research

Well+Good, Jan. 26, 2022

January 26, 2022

Let’s Break Down the New Cannabis and COVID-19 Research

A 2022 study … suggests that two chemical components of Cannabis sativa (known as hemp) can block entry of the SARS-Cov2 virus into human cells, says [Distinguished Professor] Daniele Piomelli, PhD, director for the Center for the Study of Cannabis at University of California, Irvine. Piomelli points out that the results are encouraging, but the study was done using cell cultures rather than live humans or even animals, “which is a limitation,” he says. So can we count on cannabis as a COVID-19 cure or treatment at the moment? The study authors and Dr. Piomelli say no. … “The safest and most effective way of combating COVID is getting vaccinated, says Piomelli.