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Speaking to CTV News, Olga Kovalchuk, one of the researchers, said: “We were really stunned at first, and then we were really happy.”

Marijuana can reduce the virus’s entry point to the body by up to 70%, according to the researchers.

Scientists claim to have made a major breakthrough in seeking coronavirus treatment – in the form of cannabis.

Scientists from Lethbridge University claim to have found a strong cannabis strain that can help prevent and then treat COVID-19.

They say that the strain seems to affect the ACE2 pathway that the virus uses as a gateway to the body.

Speaking to CTV News, Olga Kovalchuk, one of the researchers, said: “We were really stunned at first, and then we were really happy.”

Marijuana can reduce the virus’s entry point to the body by up to 70%, according to the researchers.

Igor Kovalchuk told the Calgary Herald: “Because of this, you have more opportunities to fight it.

“Our work can have a big effect – there aren’t many drugs that have the potential to reduce infections by 70 to 80 percent.

The researchers acknowledge that more research is needed, but say that cannabis can be used to develop preventive treatments “in the form of mouthwash and throat products.”

They say: “Although our most effective extract requires further large-scale validation, our research is very important for future analysis of the effects of medical cannabis on COVID-19.

“Given the dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation today, every opportunity and therapeutic path that might have to be considered.”

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However, other experts have warned that smoking marijuana can actually increase the risk of coronavirus.

Speaking to SF Weekly, Dr. Stanton Glantz of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, said: “Smoking does not cause flu, vaping does not cause flu. But people who smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to getting sick.

“There is not much direct data about COVID. But there is plenty of evidence that smoking and yawning suppress immune function in your lungs.

“If you look at cannabis smoke and compare it to tobacco smoke, that’s not much different. You have THC instead of nicotine, but the immunosuppressive effect doesn’t seem to be due to nicotine.”

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