Cannabis Supposedly Protects Against Corona Infection – Study Surprises With Results

  • fromLukas Rogalla


American study gives hope in the fight against Corona. Two specific cannabinoids are said to help prevent a corona infection or at least a severe course.

Portland – A little over a year ago, the first corona * vaccines were approved in the fight against the pandemic. So far, there are only a few preparations for the treatment of Covid-19. A new corona drug may soon be approved *. Now, a new study suggests that certain cannabinoids – that is, the ingredients in hemp plants – may protect against Corona infection *.

A research team from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University found that cannabinoid acids block the entry of the coronavirus into cells and thus protect against infection. The study was published Monday, January 10, 2022 in the Journal of Natural Products, which has already been reviewed by experts.

Cannabis vs. Corona? Acids bind to the virus spike protein

However, that doesn’t mean you have to smoke a lot of cannabis to protect yourself from Covid-19. Unlike the well-known tetrahydrocanabinol (THC), the cannabinoid acids CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), which the study reveals, are not psychoactive, but are well-tolerated and safe ingredients, according to the director of the Richard B. study ”, explains van Breemen.

Cannabis could play a role in the fight against the coronavirus. (Symbol image)

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Van Breemen also explains that such preparations can be taken orally. Even with a corona infection, they should be able to ease the symptoms of an acute illness or shorten the duration of the infection. “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” he said. However, this approach with cannabinoids only makes sense in combination with a corona vaccination, emphasizes the researcher.

In addition to hemp, the researchers used mass spectrometric screening to examine other plant species such as red clover, hops and licorice in more detail. The aim was to find out which substances can best prevent the coronavirus spike protein from entering human cells. CBGA and CBDA would have shown the highest affinities for the spike protein. Lab tests then confirmed they could block the infection, the research team in the study reports. Corona vaccines, for example from Biontech / Pfizer * or Moderna *, also target the spike protein.

Corona: Can cannabinoids be used as drugs?

Research shows that the hemp compounds are effective against the alpha (B.1.1.7) and beta (B.1.351) variants of the coronavirus, which were first detected in the UK * and South Africa. Official results are not yet available, but study leader van Breemen is confident that cannabinoids also work the same with new virus variants: will also expand to other existing and future variants, ” did he declare.

The results could be an important step in treating or preventing the coronavirus. A big advantage is that the cannabinoids in question are already available and can be quickly made available for treatment. However, before such agents hit the market, they would first have to go through further studies and several phases of testing. (gd) * is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA.

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