MJNews Network Exclusive Report
By Lorelei Caudill
Are we potentially growing our own cure for this global pandemic?
Is the United States the most well-equipped country to potentially conduct one of the most extensive case studies in our world’s history?
Let’s take a more in-depth look at why the answer may be a yes.
In these times of uncertainty, globally, we are starting to look at science and data to help guide critical decisions to determine our new social norm needs. Cannabis is under the microscope on a global level since the beginning of this pandemic.
- Studies conducted with complete summary – Seattle, Washington San Antonio, Texas Iran Indonesia Israel – Jerusalem Alberta, Canada
- Studies in progress – Miami Florida Israel
- Published Scientific Hypothesis – American Study for Microbiology
- Press Release – Ontario
- Morocco Medicinal Plants with like compounds showing promise as well
We are leaning on technology, data, and statistics on how and when to reopen our states and communities. We look to science to help us learn more about how the virus is spread. Some of the world’s best doctors have now taught us “How to wash our hands.” It seems a little crazy, right?
When we think of COVID19 and Cannabis, we need to do the same and lean scientific data from successful cannabis studies in the past (which is quite a bit, despite what many think) and watch the continuing studies with COVID19 scientists are conducting today on a global level.
Initially, some may say, “Nope, I consume cannabis, and I tested positive” (to be honest in my current COVID Survey has only been one person since I published on March 21st).
Disregarding Cannabis as a potential to help with this global pandemic, is like saying you wash your hands, and you still contracted COVID19.
Realistically everyone’s next questions would be based on scientific data:
- What did you wash your hands with?
- How long did you wash your hands?
- How often did you wash your hands?
We need to think the same way and apply theory and scientific data to Cannabis:
- What cannabis product did you consume?
- How frequently did you consume Cannabis?
- What form factor of Cannabis do you consume? (inhaled, edibles, tinctures, etc.)
Cannabis plants are not all created equally. The plant contains more than 110 possible cannabinoids and over 120 terpenes, all of which work differently in the human body. To add yet another layer of complexity, research has found certain cannabinoids work differently with other cannabinoids/terpenes. This variable is called the entourage effect.
According to Strain Genie :
- Terpenes such as alpha-pinene, limonene, and isoprene can cause irritation to the upper respiratory system. However, they can provide anti-infectious effects for bronchitis. Both alpha-pinene and beta-pinene were found to have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
- Beta-Caryophyllene provides a balancing act of the various cannabinoids, and terpenes creates an environment for synergism and homeostasis.
- The NIH has a study posted from 2008 – Antibacterial Cannabinoids From Cannabis Sativa showing All five major cannabinoids (cannabidiol (1b), cannabichromene (2), cannabigerol (3b), Delta (9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (4b), and cannabinol (5)) showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains of current clinical relevance.
In addition to how Cannabis interacts with our human endocannabinoid system, there are other scientific data points to consider, our individual DNA. Research Scientist Nicco Reggente Ph.D., co-founder of Strain Genie, takes cannabis science to a whole new level by providing insight and data required to understand how we can use human DNA to further analyze how an individual metabolizes Cannabis, including the infamous intoxicating compound THC.
Strain Genie analyzes over 450 genetic biomarkers to recommend the best consumption methods and ratios per consumer. With this type of data and information, we can be less fearful of Cannabis as a potential aid in COVID19, knowing we will not have to walk around high or heavily sedated to prevent contraction and spread. It may even help you wash your hands a little longer!
Strain Genie uses DNA biomarkers to align cannabinoids and terpenes within the cannabis plant the help tame or mitigate much of the “high” with Cannabis by providing a custom THC: CBD ratio along with additional terpenes to pair when looking to combat things like cannabis-induced anxiety in individuals that may also be genetically predisposed to having depression, PTSD, or OCD.
Let’s Put Actual COVID19 Under A Microscope With Cannabis:
Next, let’s apply this potential:
As you can see, the public-facing laboratory test for each harvest in our legal markets holds valuable data. This is the type of data we can use to help propel us forward when thinking about Cannabis and the potential with COVID19. Cannabis consumers may request their products laboratory test upon purchase.
Could this lead to one of the most extensive human case studies in cannabis history?
Slight curveball, not every state-level legal growing operation, is required to provide a terpene content and potency profile. Currently, California, Michigan, Connecticut, and our nation’s capital District of Columbia are the only places that require a terpene profile on top of the cannabinoid profile per harvest; this makes them prime candidates to further research!
In closing, I believe we are much closer than ever to have the ability to quickly link cannabis COVID19 when looking for ways to prevent the spread, and potential treatments. We may find Cannabis as a temporary relief until a vaccine is created. This would allow us to open up more safely and to mitigate much of the risk. The world’s scientists, cultivators, and our states rigorous regulations and testing requirements that have progressed us forward while leaving a valuable data trail in a moment when time is not the most kind.
Caveats – AS ALWAYS PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN BEFORE PURCHASING OR CONSUMING CANNABIS BASED PRODUCTS
- Smoking cannabis is unfavorable, regardless.
- Consuming cannabis may pose a risk to pregnant women.
- Products with THC are not recommended for consumers with some cancer types where tumors are present.
- Be aware Cannabis is known to have interactions with other medications.
About Lorelei Caudill – Cannabis Science 101 – www.cannabisque.org
I am a mother, a sister, a daughter, and a granddaughter. My family and I have personal experience with the medicinal value of Cannabis.
Over the past few years, I have dedicated much of my spare time to understand the science behind the “how” and “why” Cannabis works with the human body. Why do some consumers benefit from the medicinal value of Cannabis while others do not? Why would one product have little to no results, while others not only relieve symptoms but help with the root condition?
My goal with Cannabisque is to provide an unbiased platform of educational content created directly from highly regulated studies to educate Cannabis curious consumers globally as we learn more about this miracle plant the promise scientists are documenting in research today.