Surprising study: cannabis could protect against corona

Joint on, Corona gone? It’s not that simple, but according to a recent study by American researchers, cannabis, specifically cannabinoid acids from hemp plants, may actually become an important way to prevent and treat Covid-19.

Scientists at Oregon State University have discovered that cannabinoids block the entry of the virus into cells – and thus protect against corona infection. CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), which are extracted from the cannabis plant, are intended to bind the spike protein and prevent Sars-CoV-2 from entering cells. This was reported by the team in the journal “Journal of Natural Products”.

Study leader Richard van Breemen says, “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts.” Thus, they are widespread, readily available and also well tolerated and safe. Unlike tetrahydrocanabinol (THC), which is used in the joints, CBGA and CBDA are not psychoactive.

New US study: Cannabis should protect against corona

Cannabigerol is only found in the plant during the growth phase, while CBDA is converted into CBD by heating. Both acids must be extracted from the plant using specific processes. A joint or hash cookies are therefore not a way to protect against infection.

According to van Breemen, future anti-corona preparations with cannabis could be taken orally – and should alleviate the symptoms of a Covid infection. However, the expert points out: cannabinoids alone will not be enough in the fight against corona, because the application would only make sense in combination with vaccination.

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Does all this also apply to virus variants? So far, researchers have results for both the alpha variant and the beta variant of the virus that have been effective. Although there are no official results yet, van Breemen is convinced that the mode of action would also be the same in the new mutants: “Our data show that CBDA and CBGA are effective against both variants that we have examined, and we hope that this will be changed.” the trend will also extend to other existing and future variants. “

Corona drug Paxlovid receives emergency approval in the United States

The current cannabis study is not the only ray of hope when it comes to corona drugs. The current cannabis study is not the only ray of hope when it comes to corona drugs. Since the beginning of January, the corona tablet molnupiravir can be prescribed by resident doctors in Germany for patients at corona risk. Pfizer’s Paxlovid has already received emergency use authorization in the United States. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently reviewing marketing authorisation.

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According to data from previous studies, molnupiravir can reduce the progression of severe disease and death by approximately 30%. If taken early, Paxlovid is said to reduce the risk of developing or even dying from corona by up to 89%. (alp)

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