Study Finds Cannabis Compounds Prevent Infection By Covid-19 Virus
January 13, 2022 at 10:18 PM - Views: 56 #465630jbnwParticipant
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As it (surprisingly) hasn’t been posted yet, here’s the story from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ajherrington/2022/01/11/study-finds-cannabis-compounds-prevent-infection-by-covid-19-virus/?sh=2792b2121753 .
Compounds in cannabis can prevent infection from the virus that causes Covid-19 by blocking its entry into cells, according to a study published this week by researchers affiliated with Oregon State University. A report on the research, “Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants,” was published online on Monday by the Journal of Natural Products.
The researchers found that two cannabinoid acids commonly found in hemp varietals of cannabis, cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, also known as CBDA, can bind to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. By binding to the spike protein, the compounds can prevent the virus from entering cells and causing infection, potentially offering new avenues to prevent and treat the disease.
“Orally bioavailable and with a long history of safe human use, these cannabinoids, isolated or in hemp extracts, have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,” the researchers wrote in an abstract of the study.
January 13, 2022 at 11:00 PM #465636Jan BoehmermanParticipant
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I think it was “Fortune” that first came out with this story. Now it’s in “Forbes”.
Something tells me that CBDA is also found in more “natural” cannabis products. But the more “natural” products won’t be hyped in “business rags” like “Fortune” and “Forbes.”
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January 13, 2022 at 11:02 PM #465637Utopian LeftistParticipant
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I wonder what is the needed dose to fight COVID?
I’m pretty sure I imbibe as many cannabinoids as it is humanly possible to, anyway, haha.
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January 13, 2022 at 11:45 PM #465667HassleCatParticipant
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Get baked, stay home and watch Sesame Street instead of going to that super spreader football game.
January 14, 2022 at 1:14 PM #465783Ohio BarbarianModerator
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There was actually a study done on this last fall, in the SEC. Tens of thousands of unmasked people going to the games in 2021, and no outbreaks traceable to them.
Probably because everybody was already infected. Infected does not mean sick.
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January 14, 2022 at 6:57 AM #465742eridaniParticipant
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Neither CBD-A nor CBG-A are psychoactive, right? So what we’re looking at is a little more complicated than smoking weed to prevent COVID-19 infection. What we’re talking about is something that would be orally ingested. What do you envision for that?
I envision oral administration in the form of a dietary supplement like a pill or an oil or a gummy, something like that. We all know that if we get exposed, we go to meet a friend and the friend tells us later they’ve tested positive for COVID. Then, we’re all worried about getting sick. That’s the time I would recommend taking a supplement that has the capability of preventing infection. But I don’t advocate these particular compounds as a treatment or cure for someone who’s hospitalized and severely ill. I think we need combinations of therapies that might include drugs that stop the virus at other points in its lifecycle for that, but as a weakly active, but nevertheless, I think effective prevention measure. I think this is a good place to use this dietary supplement. I think it can help keep people healthy.
This study has made waves on the internet, and it could contribute to public perception that recreationally smoking marijuana would have the same effect on COVID-19 prevention as ingesting an oral supplement, like you describe.
The active compounds we’ve discovered in hemp are cannabidiolic acid, CBD-A, CBG-A, and THC-A. ‘A’ stands for an acid group, a carboxylic acid — this group can be removed upon treatment. So if these hemp products containing these compounds are smoked or vaped, the heat exposure could cause the chemical decomposition or conversion of CBD-A to CBD, CBG-A to CBG, and THC-A to THC. So, we know that CBD, CBG and THC are not active against the virus. So, we would recommend in favor of an oral administration of these compounds instead of smoking them, inhaling them from vaping.
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January 14, 2022 at 10:21 AM #465772Flobee1kenobiParticipant
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A gummy a day keeps the covid away😄
January 14, 2022 at 8:14 PM #465865
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