Can cannabis help treat COVID-19?

Dr. Jen Ashton with the latest answers to viewers’ coronavirus questions.
1:41 | 10/22/20

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Dr. Ashton, we have some questions from our viewers. Is it true that in general covid-19 death rates have actually gone down? It depends what window of time you look at and where at the overall curve you're looking. According to the department of HHS, we're seeing those numbers go up. If you compare it to February, March, April, yes, we have made incredible progress. The learning curve for the critical care of patients with severe covid-19 has been very rapid on the part of critical care specialists, all of the nurses, et cetera. We're learning how to treat these patients better. Right now our death rate is climbing. Our final question, I heard rumors cannibis may help treat covid-19 complications. Is there any truth to that? I'm a big believer in the therapeutic modality of cannibis. I think we're in its infancy of studying it and understanding its benefits, as well as its risk. The short answer is based on existing data there's potential help, but there's potential harm. Overall cannabis users can be at increased risk of covid. There is a drug that actually was approved by the fda to go into phase one clinical trials at the end of the year. It's a synthetic cannibis and it's targeted to be studied on patients to reduce the not yet ready for prime time, but there may be some future in this. It is an area of intense research. Doc, thank you so much. Thank you for your questions. You can submit those to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton. Still ahead on "Gma3," the

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