A man in Colorado says that ingesting cannabis paste may be able to help a person’s immune system fight off the Ebola virus. Brad Morehouse is the founder of New Cure out of Peyton, Colorado. He believes so strongly in the healing power of his product that over the course of the last year, his team has sent out several press releases to spread the word. The most recent press release from News Wire proclaims:
“Cannabis Paste is the most promising natural defense against Ebola”
New Cure Cannabis Paste is made using a high CBD, low THC strain of hemp, which Morehouse named “Ditch Weed.” THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana that is known for creating the feeling of being high. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has put cannabis on the medicinal map recently, showing successful results in the treatment of epilepsy and other medical conditions in young children as well as adults.
The Whaxy Team had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Morehouse over the phone on Thursday October 16. Combining what we learned from him, the information on the New Cure website and a lot of research, here is what we found.
Morehouse does not have any medical proof or clinical studies to reference in the matter of cannabis successfully being used to fight the Ebola virus because no studies have been conducted on the subject. He does, however, have reasoning behind the idea.
A study published in Augusts 2014, by the online medical journal, Science, states that the Ebola virus genetically mutates very rapidly inside every host. The virus’s rapid rates of mutation and replication combine to allow it to evolve quickly. Therefor the ability to develop a vaccine for the virus is very unlikely. The Ebola virus and the Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have this in common.
The Ebola virus and HIV are similar in genetic makeup (RNA), mutation, and replication. Both viruses perplex the immune system of a host in such a way that the immune system defensive cells attack the host’s body by mistake, destroying itself internally in a confused effort to kill the viral invasion. Marijuana’s cannabinoid, CBD, has been linked to slowing the replication of the HIV virus, and therefore, it may have the same reaction when in contact with the Ebola virus.
Both viruses also induce inflammation inside the body, which may cause severe hemorrhaging, possibly resulting in death. The inflammation is caused when proteins in the body, known as cytokines, tell the immune cells to go fight the virus. Over-activity of this immune system response can create what is called a cytokine storm, where far too many immune cells get caught in an endless loop of calling more and immune cells to the area to join the virus fighting forces. This reaction causes inflammation in the tissues surrounding the infection.
Cannabinoids found in marijuana have been linked to reducing inflammation as well as helping to slow over-activity of the immune system response (cytokine storm). Therefore, cannabis treatments may give a person’s immune system the help and “back-up” needed to allow the body to win the fight against these viruses.
It’s not that cannabis will cure Ebola, but it may be the extra reinforcement the human immune system needs to fight off the virus on it’s own.
Click here to learn more about New Cure Cannabis Paste.
photo credit: New Cure, Ivan Konstaninov