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Study finds hemp compounds prevent coronavirus infection – NBC New York

Study finds hemp compounds prevent coronavirus infection - NBC New York

Some of the compounds in cannabis may prevent the coronavirus from entering healthy human cells, according to a study published in the Natural products magazine.

The research was conducted at Oregon State University and led by Richard van Breemen, a scientist at Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute.

The study suggests that two compounds commonly found in hemp — cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid — prevent coronavirus from entering cells that typically line internal organs and skin in a lab setting.

In the study, these acids were able to bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein — the same target used in COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapy. Once bound, this step can block a critical step in the pathogenic process used to infect the cell.

“That means that cell entry inhibitors, such as the acids from hemp, can be used to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and also to shorten infections by preventing virus particles from infecting human cells. They bind to the spike proteins so that they proteins cannot bind to the ACE2 enzyme, which is abundant on the outer membrane of endothelial cells in the lungs and other organs,” Van Breemen said in a statement.

Both cannabis compounds were found to be equally effective against the SARS-CoV-2 alpha and beta variants.

Van Breemen hopes that this trend in his findings will also apply to other existing and future COVID-19 variants.

Hemp, part of the Cannabis sativa species, is one of the cannabis strains grown for industrial and medicinal uses, including in food supplements, animal feed and cosmetics.

Van Breemen states that these compounds can be taken orally. To him, they have the potential to prevent and treat infection by SARS-CoV-2.

“CBDA and CBGA are produced by the hemp plant as precursors to CBD and CBG, which are known to many consumers. However, they are different from the acids and are not in hemp products,” Van Breeman noted.