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Cannabis vs. COVID: What the research is showing

A growing body of research is suggesting that cannabis compounds may not only be a potential treatment for COVID-19 — but that they may even be able to help prevent people from getting the virus in the first place.
A growing body of research says cannabis may be a tool to treat — or even prevent — COVID-19. (BC Cannabis Stores)

A study last week from two Oregon universities has generated a lot of buzz, after findings suggested that some cannabis compounds may be able to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells.

It adds to a growing body of research on cannabis and the coronavirus, as studies from around the world — including from Canada — have found that the cannabis compound CBD may be effective in helping treat some of the virus's most deadly symptoms.

Today, Katie MacBride, a health science reporter at the online magazine Inverse, joins us for a deep dive into what the research says — and doesn't say — about cannabis and COVID-19.

CORRECTION: This episode misstated that mRNA vaccines are designed to attach to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. In fact, mRNA vaccines instruct the body's cells to make harmless copies of the spike protein, causing the body to produce antibodies that then attach to the proteins.