Researchers are Investigating How Cannabis Can Help with Covid

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A new study from Oregon State University has suggested that the compounds found in Hemp may be beneficial in recovering against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

The study was led by Richard van Breemen at OSU and it was discovered that cannabis prevents infection of the virus by blocking it’s entry into cells. The two compounds that show promise are cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid, also known as CBGA and CBDA.

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Key Points

There are many key points mentioned in the research that gets us excited about where this can go, we’ve listed them below for quicker reference. All quotes provided by Forbes:

  1. The researchers found that two cannabinoid acids commonly found in hemp varietals of cannabis, cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, also known as CBDA, can bind to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. By binding to the spike protein, the compounds can prevent the virus from entering cells and causing infection, potentially offering new avenues to prevent and treat the disease.
  2. “Orally bioavailable and with a long history of safe human use, these cannabinoids, isolated or in hemp extracts, have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,” the researchers wrotein an abstract of the study.
  3. Although further research is needed, van Breemen noted that study shows the cannabinoids could be developed into drugs to prevent or treat Covid-19. “They have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2. CBDA and CBGA are produced by the hemp plant as precursors to CBD and CBG, which are familiar to many consumers. However, they are different from the acids and are not contained in hemp products.”

Although the study is in-vitro and in its early stages, the research is quite promising and we are excited to see what it will develop into.

To read the full published research paper, click here.

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