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Cannabis is supposed to protect against corona infection – study surprises with result

Cannabis is supposed to protect against corona infection - study surprises with result
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  • A US study gives hope in the fight against Corona. Two specific cannabinoids are said to help prevent a corona infection or at least severe courses.Portland – The first corona vaccines* in the fight against the pandemic were approved just over a year ago. So far, there are only a few preparations for the treatment of Covid-19. A new corona drug could soon be approved*. A new study now suggests that certain cannabinoids – i.e. ingredients of hemp plants – can protect against infection with Corona*. A research team from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University found that the cannabinoid acids block the entry of the coronavirus into cells and thus protect against infection. The study was published on Monday (01/10/2022) in the journal Journal of Natural Products, which has already been reviewed by experts.

    Cannabis against Corona? Acids bind to the spike protein of the virus

    However, this does not mean that you should smoke a lot of cannabis to protect yourself from contracting Covid-19. In contrast to the well-known tetrahydrocanabinol (THC), the cannabinoid acids CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), which the study points out, are not psychoactive, but well-tolerated and safe ingredients, as study leader Richard B. van Breemen explains. Cannabis could play a role in the fight against the corona virus. (Iconic image)© William Archie, Detroit Free Press/dpaVan Breemen also explains that the corresponding preparations can be taken by mouth. Even in the case of a corona infection, they should be able to alleviate the symptoms of an acute illness or shorten the duration of the infection. “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” he shares. However, this approach with the cannabinoids only makes sense in combination with a corona vaccination, emphasizes the researcher. Using mass spectrometry screening, the researchers examined other different plant species such as red clover, hops or liquorice in more detail in addition to hemp. The aim was to determine which substances can most successfully prevent the spike protein of the coronavirus from penetrating human cells. CBGA and CBDA showed the highest affinities for the spike protein. Laboratory tests then confirmed that they can block infection, the research team reports in the study. The corona vaccines, for example from Biontech/Pfizer* or Moderna*, also target the spike protein.

    Corona: Cannabinoids be used as medicines?

    The research results show that the hemp compounds are effective against the alpha (B.1.1.7) and beta (B.1.351) variants of the coronavirus, which were first detected in the UK* and South Africa. Although official results are not yet available, study leader van Breemen is confident that the cannabinoids also have a similar effect on newer virus variants: “Our data show that CBDA and CBGA are effective against the two variants we examined and we hope that This trend will also spread to other existing and future variants,” he says. The results could be an important step in the treatment or prevention of the coronavirus. A big advantage is that said cannabinoids are already available and can be quickly made available for treatment. However, before the corresponding funds come onto the market, they would first have to undergo further studies and several test phases. (lrg) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA. List of rubrics: © William Archie, Detroit Free Press/dpa

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