Hemp Cannabinoids Block COVID From Infecting Human Cells, New Study Finds

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Researchers using a unique chemical screening process found that two hemp cannabinoids blocked COVID infection of human cells in a lab test. The results hold promise that cannabis could prove beneficial in the fight against infectious disease and viruses. Researchers at Oregon State University published their findings in the Journal of Nature Products. They found that two chemical compounds in hemp – cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) – blocked a step the spiked protein in COVID takes to infect people. This is not the first research into this area. In 2020, scientists reported that cannabis showed promise for treating COVID-19 complications, including lessening the cytokine storms associated with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. News of the Oregon State University research quickly spread around the world. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel joked that “This would be interesting. All this time we’ve been listening to the CDC, we should have been eating CBD.” What The New Study Found Researchers tested the cannabis compounds against the alpha and beta variants of COVID using a chemical screening process invented at the university. They found that the hemp cannabinoids CBGA and CBDA both prevented the process used by the virus to infect cells. Both compounds come from hemp. Unlike THC, the chemical ingredient in cannabis that causes the “high,” both the compounds in the study are non-psychoactive. They both come from hemp, which Congress made legal across the United States in 2018. It’s now used in many products. However, those products typically contain CBD. However, CBGA and CBDA are both precursors to CBD and not typically used in hemp products. “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, said in a statement. “They are not controlled substances like…

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