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Study: THC in marijuana could help avert fatal COVID-19 complications

FILE – Products on display as vendors, buyers and visitors attend the Canapa Mundi international hemp fair on February 21, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Simona Granati – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Researchers at the University of South Carolina believe the most potent chemical found in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), could be effective in treating some potentially lethal COVID-19 complications, according to a preliminary study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology,

The study, co-published by Prakash Nagarkatti, found that THC in mice could prevent a harmful immune response that causes Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) called Staphylococcus aureus and its enterotoxin, SEB, and could cause a significant increase in healthy lung bacteria.

The release of SEB into the body in excess could lead to injury to various organs, including the lungs, according to the study.

ARDS is one of the potential fatal complications of COVID-19, according to another study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Patients who develop ARDS while being treated for COVID-19 are often put on ventilators to assist with breathing.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Catherine Park on KTVU Fox 2 News

Published: September 30, 2020

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