Since last year, people have speculated whether cannabis could help treat Covid-19 symptoms.
Earlier this year, according to Forbes, a promising new study by Pathway Research Inc offered data pinpointing that some strains help reduce a type of inflammatory distress – the “cytokine storm” more specifically.
From the study, what was ascertained was that cannabis has the potential to “tame” the severity of some symptoms.
Another study from Michigan State University in the US also expressed that marijuana is a key component in treating Covid-19. The reason being: it helps people breathe easier according to Chief Science Officer of SB Sciences, Dr. Andrea Small-Howard.
“The chemicals from cannabis have anti-inflammatory properties,” MSU Professor of Pharmacology and toxicology, Norbert Kaminski expressed.
In 2020, the Gauteng government promised that the cannabis industry would be focused on in terms of industrialisation and agro-processing, with an emphasis on medical marijuana.
In very recent news, the Gauteng government has “earmarked cannabis development in a special economic zone,” as per eNCA. In the Vaal area, Professor Benny De Beer expressed that the first three patients are participating in the use of medical marijuana under clinical trials with the authority of licensing and approval from SAHPRA.
According to Dr. Fanyana Mtunzi, anecdotal evidence has shown cannabis is working in terms of alleviating Covid-19 symptoms. They are striving to expand their initiative.
Some products are already available at pharmacies.
For the naysayers:
It should be noted that cannabis being allowed in a more regulated space will allow for a much more mindful experience. You know where you’re getting your goods from, and the source is more pure in many instances. Additionally, the medicinal properties of marijuana outside of Covid have long been studied and argued for, and a regulated arena would make this journey more prospective. Then there’s the economic factor.
The special economic zone is also bolstering the economy. COSATU has welcomed the move, but has suggested that focus needs to be on smaller communities and those in informal trade.