Reefer MEDness

Reefer MEDness

E53 - Does CBD have COVID-19 ACE'd?

July 31, 2020

What were you doing during the start of the pandemic lock down?  Did you build a puzzle for the first time in year?  Did you get reacquainted with how stupid and long and frustrating monopoly is?  How about sour dough bread?  Did you make your first sour dough?  Dr. Igor Kovalchuk and his wife, Dr. Olga Kovalchuk from the University of Lethbridge were locked out of their labs too.  Their lock down side project was a little more ambitious.  They had been researching hundreds of cannabis extracts to see if these extracts reduced inflammation and might help treat conditions like multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis.  During this forced pause in their research, they wondered in CBD rich cannabis extracts might be useful against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  You want to hear what they found out.

Music by:

Nelson Rudiak -

(Yes we got a SOCAN membership to use this song all legal and proper like)

Additional Music:

Desiree Dorion

Marc Clement


Dr. Kovalchuk's preprint article we discussed - In Search of Preventative Strategies: Novel Anti-Inflammatory High-CBD Cannabis Sativa Extracts Modulate ACE2 Expression in COVID-19 Gateway Tissues -


Dr. Matthew Elmes critique of Dr. Kovalchuk's paper - Cannabid & COVID-19: Breaking News or Bogus Science? -