Preliminary Studies Show Cannabinoids Could Ward Off COVID-19. Will They Live Up to Their Potential?

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<![CDATA[A study from Oregon State University (OSU) made waves this month when it demonstrated three cannabis-derived compounds–cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)–have the potential to prevent the coronavirus from entering human cells.Other recent research has shown promise for cannabinoids’ potential in fighting off infection, including research from Canadian-based Waterloo University and Michigan State University, the latter in collaboration with GB Sciences.The recent attention regarding cannabinoids’ medicinal potential has incited excitement among the hemp and cannabis industries and even caught fire in the mainstream.But some researchers are urging the public to take caution amid these findings–the research still has a long way to go to prove what, if any, effects can play out in humans. “You go into these things hopeful that they’re going to pan out to match the hype,” says Dr. Ethan Russo, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and founder of CReDO Science, “a biopharma holding company that exists to solve problems of the human/animal [endocannabinoid systems] including developing optimized formulations from the cannabis plant for better living,” according to the company’s website. “But something everyone has to realize straight out of the shoot is there’s this tremendous gulf between lab results and what may be achieved clinically.”The Oregon ResearchThe OSU study has shown exciting preliminary results for Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy, and Linus Pauling Institute.“This could be a once-in-a-lifetime event,” he says.Van Breemen led the OSU study, which was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Natural Products.“It was a two-step process we used: Initial discovery with analytical chemistry, and then a functional cell-based test that showed activity,” van Breemen says.During the initial discovery phase, van Breemen and his team studied a range of botanical products’ effects against a spike protein found in SARS-CoV-2 (the…

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