By Arjun Walia
According to Dr. David B Allen, a retired Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, and medical director at Cannabis Sativa Inc, we may be able to protect ourselves from the Ebola virus using cannabis. While claims like this come forward, others suggest we may not be hearing the full story when it comes to Ebola.
Can Cannabinoids Work?
Cannabinoids may be one of the best disease fighting treatments out there. Cannabinoids refer to any of a group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. They activate cannabinoid receptors in the body. The body itself produces compounds called endocannabinoids and they play a role in many processes within the body that help to create a healthy environment.
This fact has led a couple of doctors to suggest that in turn cannabinoids can provide sufficient protection from viral infections.
According to Dr. David B Allen:
“There is good scientific evidence that cannabinoids, and in particular Cannabidiol (CBD), may offer control of the immune system and in turn provide protection from viral infections (4). Cannabis has already been recognized to inhibit fungus and bacteria and can be considered a new class of antimicrobial because of the different mechanism of action from other antimicrobials.
Ebola is a complex RNA viral organism that causes the cell to engulf it by pinocytosis, and then the virus hijacks the cell to replicate itself. This replication can involve many mutations in the RNA code that make it difficult to impossible to create an effective vaccine. There are U.S. Patents showing evidence that Cannabinoids have significant anti-viral activity. ” (source)
How It May Work
He states how the Ebola virus causes the cell to produce proteins that hide the virus from the immune system, which allows the RNA virus to hide the infected cell by shielding it from view from the immune system.
He adds that the cause of death by this virus is the body’s own immune response to the actual viral infection itself by triggering the immune killer cells to release the cytokines they hold, which is termed a “Cytokine Storm.”
A cytokine storm forces the body into a toxic shock state, and causes small blood clots to form in all arterioles, which is called Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC).
Since cannabinoids have been shown to prevent Toxic Shock as well as DIC, they could be a viable solution. Of course more testing and research would need to be done on this. Luckily something like cannabis, especially when eaten raw, does not have dangerous side effects and therefore could help in areas where Ebola is actually spreading.
To read his full article that goes into more detail and includes sources, you can click HERE.
Ebola Info Flooding The Internet
The recent Ebola scare seems to be going viral on the internet. Anything from theories behind how to stop it to theories about it being a bio-weapon. What’s interesting is that (apparently) there are even citizens in West Africa making various claims suggesting that the only ones who’ve fallen ill are the ones who’ve received treatment.
Beyond these claims, the internet has become flooded with potential natural cures and various ways to boost ones immune system, one of them being cannabis.
Is The Recent Ebola Uprising Being Overstated?
This is difficult to say. There is a lot of information going around that claim hoaxes and what not, the truth is it’s tough to tell and certainly not all the pieces are put together. We’re better off exploring this as if it’s factual as opposed to just assuming it’s a lie. But this doesn’t mean jumping straight to the vaccine.
It seems claims coming from outside of the western media state that what is actually happening in areas where Ebola is more common is not quite what is being reported in the media. A man named Nana Kwame from Ghana has stated:
“People in the Western World need to know what’s happening here in West Africa. THEY ARE LYING!!!…. The Red Cross has brought a disease to 4 specific countries for 4 specific reasons and it is only contracted by those who receive treatments and injections from the Red Cross. That is why Liberians and Nigerians have begun kicking the Red Cross out of their countries and reporting in the news the truth.” (source)
What’s also seems to be causing much confusing is the fact that the United States government patented the Ebola virus a few years ago. You can view that here. This is done so that governments or corporations can profit from it, like the vaccine that will be issued in a few months, for example.
I personally believe if there was anything to worry about, it may be the vaccine itself. Remember what happened with the H1N1 vaccine? It was rushed to market and injured a lot of people. In terms of all of the Ebola info, I haven’t found enough information on the topic to make further comments about it.
This does demonstrate one thing though, more and more people are loosing complete trust in corporate media, and it’s becoming harder and harder to find real truthful information.
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