We all love hemp, it is one of nature’s gifts that never stops giving, as we are always learning new things about its makeup and new ways to use it. From extracting cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBG or CBN and among others, to use in tinctures, skin products or supplement products. Hemp fibers have been used for a very long time for fabrics, ropes. It's also been used as feed on farms. But, perhaps the most famous example of use of hemp is the first American flag by Betsy Ross was sewn together using hemp fabric. The point is that hemp has been used as a natural resource for many uses for generations.
Well, add one more use for hemp that comes at a very timely point. Could hemp help people fight off SARS related viruses, like COVID-10? Well that is what researchers in Oregon have been studying at Oregon State University (among others). Researchers have reason to believe that hemp may have some significant impact on helping people fend off COVID.
This does not mean that hemp is a cure for COVID or a sure thing preventative, much more research needs to be done.
However, researchers have reason to believe that several cannabinoids found in cannabis (specifically hemp strains) have shown to bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, “blocking a critical step in the process the virus uses to infect people” according to researchers.
The official title of the study is Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants. Here’s a link to the actual study on PubMed.com, you can click HERE to read. You can also read the release from Oregon State University, you can click HERE to also read that.
The strains used by Oregon State are actually the same ones that the farm in Oregon our hemp is grown at are based off of, as their original genetics came from Oregon State University.
Van Breeman, one of the lead researchers, said that they had found a pair of cannabinoid acids, CBDA and CBGA, that actually bind to the coronavirus spike proteins. When they bind to the spike protein, it actually can block how the virus infects people. Breeman also mentioned, “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” van Breemen said. “They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans."
The specific cannabinoids, which are found plentiful in most hemp products are cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA (The acidic form of CBG) and cannabidiolic acid, CBDA (The acidic form of CBD).
Read Full Study: Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants - HERE
Press Release: Oregon State University website - HERE
Other links to check out about the study…
New York Post - HERE
FOX News - HERE
Yahoo News - HERE
KEZI ABC 9 Eugene - HERE
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