Hemp compounds were equally effective against the alpha and beta variants of COVID-19 (Oregon State University)
Researchers at Oregon State University have identified hemp compounds that show the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells.
According to the university, a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the COVID-19 spike protein, which stops the virus from infecting people.
OSU said this “spike protein is the same drug target used in COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapy.”
A disease or virus follows a specific process for infecting a person. A drug target is described as any molecule critical to that process that can be disrupted to stop infection or progression.
“These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” said Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. “They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans.”
Van Breemen explained the research showed the hemp compounds were equally effective against the alpha and beta variants of COVID-19.
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