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With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to grow here in the United States, thanks to the ultra-efficient transmission of the omicron variant, Americans are scrambling to find ways to stay safe.
For some, it’s a vaccination. For others, a high-quality mask and social distancing.
But soon, it could be cannabis.
Cannabis compounds prevented the virus that causes COVID-19 from penetrating healthy human cells, according to a laboratory study published in the Journal of Nature Products.
The two compounds commonly found in hemp — called 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.
And, even better:
“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.
Hemp-derived cannabis products are legal for use in all 50 states, as opposed to their more illicit cousins in the marijuana plant, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill signed into law by Donald Trump.
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