Compounds from the cannabis plant block the virus

The University of Oregon, United States, and the Linus Pauling Institute released the results of recent research that determined that two cannabinoid acids from the marijuana plant can help prevent the spread of covid-19 and its variants.

The study was published by the Journal of Natural Products, where they also highlight that among the variants are the delta and the omicron.

The director of the project, Richard van Breemen, explained that the research was based on neutralization tests carried out with two cannabinoid acids found in cannabis sativa: cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid.

Among the results, it was observed that both components have the ability to prevent the infection of human epithelial cells, which has the consequence that they block the function of the spike with which Sars-CoV-2 infects cells and replicates.

"It is important to note that cannabigerolic acid and cannbidiolic acid were equally effective against the alpha variant B.1.1.7 and the beta variant B.1.351", the text refers.

The author of the scientific study pointed out that both acids are bioavailable orally and have already been used previously to treat patients with HIV and hepatitis viruses.

 

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