Can marijuana help prevent COVID-19? According to a new study, that seems to be the case. The study, published in the peer-reviewed academic periodical Journal of Natural Products by researchers from Oregon State University, focuses specifically on hemp compounds, known specifically as cannabis sativa. This type of marijuana is used in many different products such as cosmetics, food, lotions and dietary supplements. Read more at the source article below.
New research shows hemp compounds might stop COVID-19
According to the source, a pair of cannabinoid acids found in hemp may be able to help prevent COVID-19 infections. These compounds, cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, CBDA, work by binding to coronavirus spike proteins. This is important, as it means they have the same drug target (a molecule critical to the disease’s process) as do COVID-19 vaccines and antibody treatments. In other words, this blocks the virus’s main way of infecting people. Compounds blocking the infection process have also been shown to work in other diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.
While the best prevention is still getting vaccinated and more research is still needed on these options mentioned, this is a promising finding.