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Active substances in cannabis can prevent covid infection and help treat infections.

So say scientists who published a study in early 2022 on the interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and certain active substances (compounds) in cannabis† They concluded that chemical compounds in cannabis (hemp) can prevent infections from the virus that causes covid. What exactly is this, and what exactly are the cannabis compounds that have the alleged positive effects?

Demonstrated by Journal of Natural Products

The study in question was written by scientists at Oregon State University in the United States and is published in the scientific journal Journal of Natural Products. In particular, two chemical compounds in cannabis sativa have been shown to be effective in preventing and treating infections: cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). These chemical compounds are common in cannabis and can bind to what is known as the 'spike protein' of SARS-CoV-2. Because these cannabis compounds are bound to this spike protein, it prevents the virus from entering healthy cells, preventing infection.

“Because of their oral applicability and long history of safe use in humans, these cannabinoids, whether isolated or contained in hemp extracts, have the potential to prevent and treat infections due to SARS-CoV-2,” the scientists wrote. in the summary. † of the research. According to the study leader, the cannabinoid acids in question are widely available, readily available and abundant in hemp and hemp extracts. These insights are promising and could be of great importance in the further approach to fight corona and improve the health of the population.

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