By: April Carson
According to researchers at Oregon State University, cannabis compounds can prevent the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells.
Richard van Breeman, a scientist at Oregon State's Global Hemp Innovation Center at the College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute, led the research. The Journal of Nature Products published his study.
Cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA, were discovered in a chemical screening to have the potential to inhibit coronavirus. The chemicals bound to viral spike proteins and prevented a step by the pathogen used to infect people in the research.
Dr. Nathan Newman, the study's lead physician at Santa Monica Urgent Care, explained the findings to FOX 11.
"The study out of Oregon is demonstrating that there are a few chemicals in cannabis that can bind to the coronavirus spike protein and when ingested, they have the potential to prevent it from binding to sites in a human host," he continued.
The study, he said, demonstrates that the cannabis must be consumed as an edible.
"Those proteins cannot be cooked. In other words, a vape pen that is smoked or heated through a vaporizer would inactivate those compounds and render them unable to bind to the spike protein."
Dr. Robert C. Newman, professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, commented that the studies are in vitro alone and that more research and studies with humans must be done before cannabis can be considered a cure for coronavirus.
In vitro research is still the standard, and it's presently only in animals. There's no experimentation on people at this time, and if an individual wants to utilize cannabis for whatever purpose, they shouldn't anticipate any protection against COVID-19 infection. "COVID-19 is a serious respiratory illness that requires immediate medical attention, so the number-one best method to avoid it, particularly if you have severe symptoms, is to get vaccinated and then boost your immunization if you've been away for a while," said Newman.
Exotix, a marijuana store in Hollywood, has several employees who claim cannabis is beneficial for COVID-19. "I've heard about research that suggest cannabis helps with COVID-19," says Alex, a budtender at Exotix.
"CBD-related products have been attracting a lot of interest. Some individuals claim that sativa cannabis helps to prevent COVID and other ailments, such as inflammation.
In a laboratory, the compounds were tested on alpha and beta versions of the virus.
The study didn't include giving the supplements to patients or comparing infection rates in those who take the medicines with those who don't.
Hemp is used in the production of hemp fiber, food and animal feed, as well as cosmetics, body lotions, dietary supplements, and food.
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