Pandemic Bust: THC Elephant in the Covid Room (cannabis)


During the summer of year 2020, researchers described THC (from marijuana) as a “potent anti-inflammatory agent” against acute respiratory syndrome caused by coronavirus.University of South Carolina researchers believe marijuana’s THC could be effective against battling symptoms caused by the coronavirus based on a trio of studies. In each study, THC helped prevent a deadly immune system response that causes acute respiratory syndrome (ARDS) and boosted healthy lung bacteria.

The studies were published in 3 different medical journals – ‘Frontiers in Pharmacology,’ in ‘International Journal of Molecular Sciences,’ and ‘British Journal of Pharmacology.’ ARDS is considered a serious, potentially deadly illness and causes the lungs not to provide enough oxygen to the body’s organs. This results in fluids entering the lungs, compounding the lack of oxygen throughout internal systems. The mortality rate of ARDS is 38.5%.

But when scientists injected THC into mice with ARDS, they were shocked to find how effective the cannabinoids was in reducing inflammation and related symptoms. Over the three studies that included over a dozen of experiments, 100% of mice given THC survived.


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