PORTLAND, Ore (KOIN) – Could hemp be a secret ingredient in the fight against COVID-19?
According to newly released results from an Oregon State University study, the answer to that question is promising.
Scientists at Corvallis’ school say they have determined that compounds contained in cannabis “show the ability to block the virus that prevents COVID-19 from entering human cells.”
Those cannabis compounds are commonly found in products such as makeup, lotions, dietary supplements and food, according to a release from the university.
Researchers determined that two cannabinoid acids found in cannabis can bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and stop it from infecting people, just as vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 work.
Richard van Breemann, the study’s lead researcher, made sure to clarify where the specific compounds were found.
“These cannabinoid acids are abundant in cannabis and many cannabis extracts,” he said. “They are not a controlled substance like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans.”
Researchers say the compound has been found to be effective in preventing both alpha and beta forms from infecting the body and additional forms are being studied more.
Currently, there are only three COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized or approved for use in the US to prevent the coronavirus: the two-dose mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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