Pump the brakes before cannabis becomes the next ivermectin.
The Haymaker is Leafly editor Bruce Barcot’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture.
A scientific study Posted on Monday in Natural Products Magazine It shocked the cannabis industry — and within 48 hours it went from miracle cure to late-night comedy fodder.
Here’s the truth: A team of researchers from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University report CBDA And CBGA Preventing the reproduction and spread of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, in early laboratory testing in the laboratory.
CBDA and CBGA are the primary forms of CBD and CBG. Both can be derived from federal legal cannabis.
Researchers have found that these specific anesthetics inhibit the Covid-19 protein from penetrating human cells. At certain levels of potency, CBDA and CBGA were able to reduce viral infections – in a petri dish – by half. The authors wrote that the CBDA or CBGA concentrations needed to prevent infection in actual humans by half are “high,” “but may be clinically achievable.”
“This is going to be fun. All this time we have been listening to the CDC, we should have been taking CBD.” – Jimmy Kimmel
“You know, it’s funny — all these crazy treatments, I’m like ‘Oh, that’s ridiculous. “Ivermectin, horse worms. Bleach. Then somebody says marijuana prevents Covid, I’m like ‘Oh, really?’ To say.” – Jimmy Kimmel
“In other words, fate enters the body and asks Covid, ‘Are you a cell? You have to tell me if I am a cell.'” Stephen Colbert
It escalated quickly
Thus, with the help of Stephen Colbert, an obscure lab test that includes CBDA has become, in the minds of the general public, “pot covid.”
Is the Oregon study exciting news? surely. But wait. Before you start making free CBD gummies, sit down and think about the full context of this news.
This has not actually been tested on people
First, understand what the researchers found and what they didn’t.
According to the published article, this was not a study of the scope you might assume. No humans participated. The ability of CBDA to inhibit the production of Covid-19 cells has not been tested in lab mice.
Oregon researchers ran the known properties of CBDA and CBGA through a commonly used computer model. In other words, they matched cannabis against Covid-19 in a computer simulation.
After these results showed promising results, the Oregon team performed assays of cell infection. In other words, they mixed live samples of the Covid-19 virus with CBDA, CBGA, or a neutral control in Petri dishes. After 24 hours, the researchers found that the Covid-19 virus had replicated at a much lower rate in the CBDA and CBGA samples.
THCA: Promising too
Here’s an interesting side note: Oregon researchers report that THCA, the raw form of THC, showed similar promise in their computer model. But because THCA is a federally illegal substance, and scientists must comply with federal research funding rules at their institutions, they cannot go ahead and test actual THCA in cell assays. THCA may be as promising as CBDA and CBGA, but we don’t know because of the federal marijuana ban.
The key word here is promising. not proven. even the word promising extension. Scientifically speaking, the Oregon study is interesting—These findings are intended to stimulate further research, possibly using lab mice. We are miles from studies that test the effectiveness of these cannabinoids in actual humans.
Of course, we do not live in an ordinary world. We are in the middle of a global pandemic. Here in the US, the right-wing hysteria machine has advocated quackadoodle treatments like Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine while mocking the scientifically proven Covid-19 vaccine.
We’ve seen this before
The Oregon study opens up great potential but also enormous risks. There is a public health risk, as people who may be vaccinated instead begin to squirt CBDA oil. And there is a danger that the true promise of cannabis medicine could be combined with Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, and written off as just another drug.
I remember the long-running debate about the potential of cannabis to fight cancer. There are those who advocate high-dose cannabis, often in the form of marijuana Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)As a powerful anti-cancer drug. But some of the world’s leading cannabis researchers, Dr. Donald Abrams and Professor Manuel Guzman, have pumped the brakes on talk of “cannabis cures” in 2020 at gamma tumors, one of the world’s most prestigious peer-reviewed journals on cancer.
Abrams andGuzmán did not dismiss the promising ongoing studies on cannabis and cancer, some of which are being conducted byGuzman’s private laboratory. But scientists have learned, over decades of challenging experience, that what proves promising in the lab doesn’t always work in actual humans. I spoke directly with Donald Abrams about this two years ago.
“Things that happen in the lab, [i.e., in a lab dish], doesn’t necessarily translate into potential clinical benefits,” Abrams told me. “Taking cells on a farm and adding chemicals to them is very different from digesting something in the human body. Humans have a digestive system, detoxification systems, and an immune system.”All of these things contribute to the interaction of the drug, the body, and the cancer cells, Abrams said. “It’s more complicated than what you see in a test tube.”
Abrams has also seen the downside of exaggerated and unproven treatments. As an integrative oncologist in San Francisco, he occasionally encounters patients who have abandoned traditional cancer treatment in favor of cannabis therapy.
“I see patients who often wait months to get an appointment with me,” Abrams said. “One of the most distressing things I have to deal with are people with a treatable malignancy who choose to forego conventional cancer treatment and instead choose to try treating themselves with highly concentrated oils with either THC or CBD or both.”
Definitely, try CBD – and the vaccine
Buyer awareness. The Oregon study should lead to more studies of the potential of cannabis – including CBDA, CBGA, and And THCA – To prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the cellular level. But that shouldn’t lead you to forgo a proven vaccine in favor of CBDA oil.
By all means, order a CBDA supply if you so choose. But don’t be one of those patients who disappoint Dr. Abrams by ruining their lives. Get vaccinated, too.