Is Cannabis A Cure For Coronavirus?

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.

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).

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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:

  1. What did you wash your hands with?
  2. How long did you wash your hands?
  3. How often did you wash your hands?

We need to think the same way and apply theory and scientific data to Cannabis:

  1. What cannabis product did you consume?
  2. How frequently did you consume Cannabis?
  3. 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 :

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.

Cannabis Ambassador At Large: Jake Goes To Terp School

By Jake The Professor

I work with cannabis users every day in my role at Diego Pellicer.  I often meet customers who come into the store looking for the highest concentration of THC for the lowest price.  It is my duty to explain to them why 31% THC may not be their most important consideration.   Cannabis today is so much more than Indica and Sativa, I tell them.  There are many other components of the plant to consider when using cannabis.

Terpenes, Flavinoids, THC, CBD, CBN, CBG...Cannabis has many active components

Terpenes, Flavinoids, THC, CBD, CBN, CBG…Cannabis has many active components

Today, the sophisticated cannabis user is getting educated about Terpenes. Terps, play no small part in how the marijuana you are smoking makes you feel, how high you get, and the various moods it creates. It is especially important for those of us professionals in the emerging legal cannabis industry to better to understand the complexities of the cannabis plant.

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There is so much to learn about Terpenes that entrepreneur Amanda Mac founded Seattles Terp School.   Her mission was to create a place to share knowledge about our favorite plant, in a very cannabis-friendly environment.  As MJBA’s Ambassador-At-Large, I am committed to supporting cannabis education, and to working with like-minded industry professionals to establish best practices, and so I was delighted to serve as master of ceremonies for the venue’s first workshop on June 7th at Heylo Extracts in Seattle SODO.

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Featured speakers at this first workshop included Daniel Luebke, Heylo, who predicted that today’s Sativa and Indica labels will soon be replaced with more comprehensive terpene profiles, and Cannabinder co-founder Tom Heller, who detailed the database of such profiles his company is building.  Other presenters included GreenWay’s Ben Cassiday,  Confidence Analytics’ Nick Mosely and Wick & Mortar’s Jared Mirsky.

Among the highlights: We learned that there are some 30,000 different Terpenes that have been identified. And more than 130 terpenes have been identified in Cannabis alone!

 

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We learned that Terps give us flavor and fragrance.

Terpenes, Flavinoids, THC, CBD, CBN, CBG…Cannabis has many active components.  I learned so much during my first workshop at Terp Sch00l, and I know I will be back!

Canadian Researchers Identify Genes That Give Cannabis Its Flavor

CANADA: University of British Columbia scientists have scanned the genome of cannabis plants to find the genes responsible for giving various strains their lemony, skunky or earthy flavors, an important step for the budding legal cannabis industry.

“The goal is to develop well-defined and highly-reproducible cannabis varieties. This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products,” said Jörg Bohlmann, a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and faculty of forestry at UBC. “Our genomics work can inform breeders of commercial varieties which genes to pay attention to for specific flavor qualities.”

The research is part of an ongoing collaboration between Bohlmann, graduate student Judith Booth, and Jonathan Page, an adjunct professor in the botany department who founded the cannabis testing and biotechnology company Anandia Labs.

They found about 30 terpene synthase genes that contribute to diverse flavours in cannabis. This number is comparable to similar genes that play a role in grapevine flavour for the wine industry. The genes the researchers discovered play a role in producing natural products like limonene, myrcene, and pinene in the cannabis plants.  These fragrant molecules are generally known in the industry as terpenes.

“The limonene compound produces a lemon-like flavour and myrcene produces the dank, earthy flavour characteristic of purple kush,” said Booth.

They also found a gene that produces the signature terpene of cannabis, beta-caryophyllene, which interacts with cannabinoid receptors in human cells along with other active ingredients in cannabis.

Bohlmann says the economic potential of a regulated cannabis industry is huge, but a current challenge is that growers are working with a crop that is not well standardized and highly variable for its key natural product profiles.

“There is a need for high-quality and consistent products made from well defined varieties.” he said.

The researchers say it will also be important to examine to what extent terpene compounds might interact with the cannabinoid compounds such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that confer the medicinal properties of cannabis.

The study was published today in PLOS ONE.

An Evening With Dr. Ethan Russo: The Terpene AfterBuzz

By TwicebakedinWA

WASHINGTON:  On Tuesday I took a little adventure on a ferry over to Vashon Island for the monthly Vashon Island Marijuana Industry Alliance (VIMEA) Meetup. It was the second one that I have been to and it did not disappoint.

The first time I went to one of their Meetups was last month and it was there that I initially met Dr. Ethan Russo and learned that he would be speaking this month. I immediately put that event into my schedule.

In case you don’t know, Dr. Ethan Russo is a world renowned cannabis researcher, neurologist, and author. He spent an hour talking to a very packed house about terpenes and the entourage effect. I was sitting on the floor in the very front with my notebook and pen taking down the points that didn’t go over my head.

See the Video here:

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Washington Pot Retailers Accused Of ‘Spiking’ Samples To Boost Potency

WASHINGTON:  In a fresh white lab coat, his name embroidered atop a chest pocket, Cameron Miller looks and sounds every bit the chemist that he is. When he begins talking about the wonders of terpenes – the organic compounds that give plants their distinct odour – he could be a sommelier discussing the power and influence that tannins have on wine.

 “Rosemary and oregano, for example, have some very unique terpene profiles,” says Mr. Miller, lab manager at The Werc Shop. “Very, very pungent. You identify instantly with the scent. Terpenes can be very rich and powerful, in their presentation. Intricate, complex and beautiful too.”

Among Mr. Miller’s favourite terpene-producing plants is one he happens to handle every day: cannabis. It has an amazing variety of aromas, he insists, ones he’s not particularly adept at describing but which nonetheless interest him far more than the element of pot that seizes the imagination of most users: potency.

While it has been two years since Washington State voters approved Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana, it has only been nine months since the first retail outlets opened. There have been some early growing pains. And one of the areas that has come under intense scrutiny is the system being used to measure the strength of the pot hitting the market.