There’s a lot of buzz about a new study from Oregon State University that suggests that some of hemp’s compounds may play a role in the battle against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
We want to start first by saying that as exciting as this is for hemp and its mighty cannabinoids, it does not mean our products treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.
As Forbes reported, the in-vitro study led by Richard van Breemen at OSU found that “compounds in cannabis can prevent infection from the virus that causes Covid-19 by blocking its entry into cells.” The compounds that show promise are cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid, also known as CBGA and CBDA.
Here are the findings that get us most excited. All quotes from Forbes.
Cannabis May Help Covid-19 Infection and Recovery
“Compounds in cannabis can prevent infection from the virus that causes Covid-19 by blocking its entry into cells, according to a study published this week by researchers affiliated with Oregon State University.”
Hemp’s cannabinoid acids bind to SARS-CoV-2
“The researchers found that two cannabinoid acids commonly found in hemp varietals of cannabis…CBGA and CBDA…can bind to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. By binding to the spike protein, the compounds can prevent the virus from entering cells and causing infection, potentially offering new avenues to prevent and treat the disease.”
The research shows the cannabinoids protect against variants, too.
“Van Breemen added that CBDA and CBGA blocked the action of emerging variants of the virus that causes Covid-19.”
Important information to note:
- This was an in-vitro study, meaning this was not performed on humans or animals. But this is a very important first step in understanding the science behind the potential for hemp compounds to possibly impact infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
- The compounds studied that show the most potential, CBDA and CBGA, are the acid forms of cannabinoids cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabigerol (CBG). These acids are likely in full-spectrum hemp extract consumer products only in trace amounts.
Even though this is early research, we look forward to learning more about how hemp compounds may help in the battle against Covid-19.
For more, you can read the published research paper.