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Another ground-breaking study that has captured attention even during the pandemic!The pandemic has brought many changes, and as the studies suggest, the pandemic is not going to end soon. Living with it and preventing yourself from contracting the Virus is a primary concern. But does it really mean that we have to live with it, and the potent medications are going to be a part of it all? Surprisingly, a natural remedy has taken over the catch.
“The compounds present in Cannabis can keep COVID 19 virus from entering the human cells. But smoking and vaping marijuana is not recommended, claims researchers.”Yes! Oregon researchers have found that two cannabis compounds, namely cannabidiolic acid and cannabigerolic acid, could avert SARS-CoV-2 from infecting human cells! We all know that medical Cannabis has ample remedial properties that can help deal with various health conditions. Being used for ages, Cannabis has worked well and shown improvements in relieving the symptoms of several health conditions. Oregon state research states that some of the compounds present in Cannabis may help prevent coronavirus entry into healthy human cells. The research study was conducted at the Oregon state university, led by Richard van Breeman, a scientist with Oregon’s state Global Hemp innovation center. The study published in the Journey of Nature products suggested that the two compounds in Cannabis, namely cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), prevent COVID from entering the cells that usually line the skin and internal organs in a lab setting.
How Do The Researchers Suggest This About Cannabis?
“In this research study, the acids found in the cannabis compound were able to bind to SARS-Cov-2 spike proteins, and the same is utilized in the COVID-19 antibody therapy and vaccines.”
Once bound, this step can block a severe stage in the pathogen process used to infect the cell.
However, with this, Van Breemen shared a statement.
“This indicates that the cell entry inhibitors like the CBGA and CBDA from Cannabis could be used to prevent Covid 19 infection.
It also shortens the infection by preventing the virus particles from infecting the human cells.
The CBGA and CBDA bind to spike proteins, so these proteins cannot bind to the ACE2 enzyme that is abundant on the endothelial cells’ outer membrane in the lungs and other organs.”
And the best thing about the research study is that both the cannabis compounds were found equally effective against the SARS-CoV-2 alpha and beta variants.
Although Van Breeman hopes that his findings will apply to several other existing and future Virus variants.
Cannabis is often grown for medicinal and industrial use, including cosmetics, dietary supplements, and animal feed.
Even though Cannabis can treat and prevent infections by COVID 19, the compounds are recommended to be taken orally, he further added.
Breeman said that the active compounds they have discovered in hemp are CBD-A, Cannabidiolic Acid, THC-A, and CBG-A, where A stands for the acidic group.
So if these cannabis products consisting of these compounds are aped or smoked, the heat exposure can lead to the chemical decomposition or the conversion of CBG-A to CBG. THC-A to THC and CBD-A to CBD.
And as we know that CNG, THC, and CBD are not active to defeat the Virus, the recommendation of cannabis consumption is in favor of oral administration only.
What Do Researchers Have to Say About The Cannabis THC Compound?
The researchers did not study Cannabis’s THC compound due to its psychoactive properties as the campus rules prohibit the research conducted over controlled substances.
While this study is indeed a breakthrough in the research field about the other medical methods of covid prevention with strict laws, how this research would be used in the future is still a matter of concern.
And further research is going on in this field. However, the good news is that Cannabis can be beneficial to prevent and treat the Virus. With further advancements, this might be used in the treatments.
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