OSU Study Suggests Cannabis Might Work To Prevent COVID-19 Infection
An exciting new study by Oregon State University on cannabis suggests that there might be compounds in cannabis that could work to prevent COVID-19 infection.
How? By working to block the entry of the virus from entering human cells. Researchers behind the investigation have recently published the study in Journal of Natural Products.
There is still so much to be learned about cannabis and the full potential that this plant might offer to millions of people around the world.
A number of patients around the US and elsewhere are privileged to have that access to cannabis when in many parts of the world there is still highly restrictive control around all cannabis related activities. Still, it isn't only researchers in the United States who have been pioneering cannabis investigation and uncovering more understanding of what cannabis might be able to provide in value, this has been an international effort for years now.
Hemp compounds: cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid came out on top
The study from OSU had researchers investigating botanical hemp compounds to see how effective they might be in binding to spike protein on SARS-CoV-2 found that two compounds specifically were able to bind to the spike protein which is used by the virus to enter human cells and might have the ability to potentially block the virus this way from infecting people.
Researchers noted that those two hemp compounds above were seen to be most effective. They also haven't yet tested it with other variants.
There is potential, researchers note, for this to transform into a product eventually that might work to prevent or treat COVID-19, by using those cannabinoids. Still, they say that further understanding and research is still needed on this topic.
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