Studies Suggest Cannabis Fights Coronavirus

Have you ever wanted an incentive to convince your loved ones to use hemp products, especially right now with COVID19 running rampant? If your answer is yes, we have the science to back you up. Multiple studies have shown hemp compounds may prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID19, from infecting human cells. Oregon State University researchers even went so far as to invent a chemical screening technique for their study, identifying exactly how the hemp compounds prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells. Scientists in Israel, Austria, and at the NIH conducted similar studies, with similar results, in 2021.

Assuming the findings from these studies are correct, the cell entry inhibitors, like the acids from hemp, could be used to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Additionally, these acids could also shorten infections by preventing the virus particles from infecting human cells.

Lab tests showed that cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid prevented infection of human skin cells by the coronavirus spike protein and prevented entry of SARS-CoV-2 into cells. The pair of cannabinoid acids binds to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, preventing those proteins from binding to the ACE2 enzyme in the lungs and other organs, blocking the process the virus uses to infect people. These two hemp compounds are produced by the hemp plant as precursors to CBD and CBG.

The research showed the hemp compounds were equally effective against variants of SARS-CoV-2, including the alpha variant, first detected in the United Kingdom, and the beta variant, first detected in South Africa. Resistant variants could still arise amid widespread use of cannabinoids but that the combination of vaccination and CBDA/CBGA treatment should make for a much more challenging environment for SARS-CoV-2.

Using compounds, like hemp, that block virus-receptor interaction has been helpful for patients with other viral infections, including HIV-1 and hepatitis.

These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts. Hemp, known scientifically as Cannabis sativa, is a source of fiber, food and animal feed. Hemp extracts and compounds are added to cosmetics, body lotions, dietary supplements and food, meaning there’s a variety of ways to get the virus-fighting benefits of hemp, to help protect you and your loved ones!

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