WITH STUDIES ongoing into the potential use of hemp proteins as a method of preventing the COVID-19 virus, Diane Scott, the chief govt officer of the Jamaican Medical Hashish Company group (JMCC), is voicing help for the potential function of nutraceutical well being in treating the illness.
She was talking to The Gleaner on Wednesday following the Ministry of Well being and Wellness’s official opening of the Savanna-la-Mar Public Hospital’s new discipline hospital in Westmoreland, for which her firm was a donor to the development undertaking. The sphere hospital, constructed at a value of $35.4 million, has a capability of fifty mattress areas for COVID-19 sufferers.
“I believe any development of medical hashish utilized in treating new situations is thrilling, and definitely there’s a substantial amount of analysis for utilizing medical hashish in areas of paediatric and grownup epilepsy, oncology, ache administration, nervousness and a number of sclerosis. So it’s simply pure to assume that there can be a profit for COVID-19, and to now obtain analysis that proves it’s, or is working to show it, may be very thrilling,” mentioned Scott.
“I imagine very a lot that nutraceuticals play an important function in the way forward for medication. COVID clearly is a really severe situation that now we have to search out methods to deal with and I’m excited to assume that medical hashish would be capable to do this sooner or later,” Scott added.
Her declaration got here one week after advisor doctor and biomedical researcher, Professor Errol Morrison, voiced certainty that two compounds present in hemp – cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) – might block COVID-19 from coming into human cells.
A analysis crew on the United States-based Oregon State College performed a research in early January, throughout which they examined whether or not any compounds inside totally different extracts from pure merchandise would persist with the spike proteins on the COVID-19 virus. The crew’s findings, together with the invention that CBDA and CBGA caught to the virus’ spike proteins, had been revealed within the Journal of Pure Merchandise on January 10.
Nevertheless, Scott recommended that nutraceutical well being, which includes utilizing pure meals and herbs to deal with illness, needs to be twinned with the COVID-19 vaccine, versus being a superior possibility by itself.
“I’d not essentially say that it (nutraceutical therapy) is superior, and I believe that you must have a look at these items in live performance with one another. Together with vaccines, we hope that sometime we can present that medical hashish may help the situation as sufferers are experiencing COVID,” mentioned Scott.
Jamaica’s well being authorities have beforehand downplayed natural remedies as a substitute for vaccination. In January 2021, Dr Melody Ennis, the Ministry of Well being’s director of household providers, mentioned that there isn’t a proof in help of pure cures being superior to COVID-19 vaccines.
Nevertheless, nutraceutical proponents have argued that the well being authorities ought to current the usage of pure cures as a viable choice to deal with COVID-19, so that individuals can have a wide range of selections for their very own therapy fairly than relying solely on vaccines.
The leaders of the Scotts Corridor and Charles City Maroon communities voiced comparable sentiments in help of pure cures in Could 2020, with Colonel Marcia Douglas of the Charles City Maroons pointing to crops reminiscent of dandelion, avocado, garlic and citrus fruits, in addition to extracts from bushes and herbs, as technique of strengthening the physique’s immune system to struggle illness.