Cannabis Compounds are a COVID Killer According to Latest Study

With the omicron variant refusing to go quietly into the night, some within the fields of health and science are branching out into new avenues of research looking for something, anything, that can help them solve the crisis.

One of the latest, most-promising studies is a surprising one, and it could have Americans start mellowing out in order to tackle the ongoing pandemic.

Cannabis compounds prevented the virus that causes COVID-19 from penetrating healthy human cells, according to a laboratory study published in the Journal of Nature Products.

The two compounds commonly found in hemp — called cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA — were identified during a chemical screening effort as having potential to combat coronavirus, researchers from Oregon State University said. In the study, they bound to spike proteins found on the virus and blocked a step the pathogen uses to infect people.

The researchers tested the compounds’ effect against alpha and beta variants of the virus in a laboratory. The study didn’t involve giving the supplements to people or comparing infection rates in those who use the compounds to those who don’t.

And, in some even better news:

“These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans,” said Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. “They have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,” he said in a statement.

Cannabis is currently legal in all 50 states, thanks to Donald Trump signing the 2018 Farm Bill into law during his first term in office.