One scientific study from Oregon State University revealed that compounds from the cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant can prevent infection from the virus that causes COVID-19.
The researchers, led by Richard van Breemen, a researcher at the Oregon State Global Hemp Innovation Center, confirmed that two cannabinoids, cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), block SARS-virus infection. Original live CoV-2 and variants of concern. Something that could mean new options to prevent and treat the disease.
The study was published earlier this week in the Journal Natural Products (Journal of Natural Products).
According to the authors, “natural products are the most successful source of drugs and drug leaders in the history of pharmacology” and, despite the attention combinatorial chemistry receives today, nature “continues to be a source of unique chemical structural diversity for new drug discovery”.
Less than 10 percent of the world’s biodiversity has been assessed for potential biological activity, so there are many useful natural components waiting to be discovered.
The material highlights that hemp is currently used for fiber, food and animal feed. Its compounds have become popular additions to cosmetics, body lotions, dietary supplements, and foods.
Additionally, in 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug (Epidiolex) extracted from this plant for the treatment of two serious pediatric seizure disorders, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Dravet’s syndrome.
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