Two compounds found in cannabis prevented the SARS-CoV-2 virus from penetrating healthy cells in humans, according to a new report.  The two compounds in hemp — cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA — “were identified during a chemical screening effort as having potential to combat coronavirus, researchers from Oregon State University said. In the study, they bound to spike proteins found on the virus and blocked a step the pathogen uses to infect people,” according to a laboratory study published in the Journal of Nature Products, Fortune reported.

 

“The researchers tested the compounds’ effect against alpha and beta variants of the virus in a laboratory. The study didn’t involve giving the supplements to people or comparing infection rates in those who use the compounds to those who don’t,” the report read. Hemp is type of cannabis, but unlike marijuana, it has small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that gets you high. It is used in food and animal feed, while other extracts can be found in cosmetics and body lotions.

 

“These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans,” said Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. “They have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,” he said in a statement to Fortune.

 

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