A study has found that Cannabis compounds prevented Covid-19 from taking over healthy human cells and thus could play a role in preventing Covid-19 infection.
The study published in the Journal of Nature Products found that cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic acid were found to be able to prevent Coronavirus infection according to the research by Oregon State University as the compounds were able to block the pathogen that is used to infect people.
In a statement, the researchers said: “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.
“These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans. They have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2.”
Speaking to media outlets, Richard van Breemen, the lead of the study said: “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts. They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans.”
In other Cannabis news, Sadiq Khan is reportedly drawing up plans to decriminalise the drug.