Cannabis compounds can protect against Covid infections, study finds

New research published by a team from Oregon State University suggests that two cannabinoid acids could block the virus from entering human cells

New research suggests cannabis plants may play a role in treating and preventing Covid (

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Compounds found in cannabis may prevent people from being infected with Covid, scientists said.

New research published by a team from Oregon State University suggests that two cannabinoid acids could block the virus from entering human cells.

Experts hope it could pave the way for new treatments and a way to prevent the disease.

However, scientists have confirmed that smoking marijuana offers no protection.

A study published by the Journal of Natural Products found that cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) can bind to the spike protein – limiting its ability to cause damage.

The compounds can be taken orally and are found in hemp, according to experts.

Oregon State University researchers identified two cannabinoid acids thought to help prevent Covid infection

Scientists said they tested whether the alpha and beta variants could be prevented from infecting a person and found that they could.

However, more research is needed to find out if it works against other strains of the virus.

Richard van Breemen, who led the study, said in a Explanation : “These cannabinoid acids are found in abundance in hemp and in many hemp extracts.

“They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans.

“And our research showed that the hemp compounds were equally effective against variants of SARS-CoV-2, including variant B.1.1.7 first detected in the UK and variant B.1.351 first detected in South Africa would.”

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The scientist said the approach could also shorten the time it takes for those infected to get sick.

His statement continued, “Each part of the infection and replication cycle is a potential target for antiviral intervention, and linking the receptor-binding domain of the spike protein to the human cell-surface receptor ACE2 is a critical step in this cycle.”

“This means that cell entry inhibitors like the acids from hemp could be used to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and shorten infections by preventing virus particles from infecting human cells. They bind to the spike proteins, so these proteins cannot bind to the ACE2 enzyme, which is abundant on the outer membrane of endothelial cells in the lungs and other organs.”

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