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A groundbreaking study conducted by the Oregon State University has become a topic of much speculation lately. This particular study claims to have found certain hemp compounds that can potentially stop the entry of SARS CoV2, the COVID-19 causing virus, into the human cells. Not just the original COVID-19 virus, in fact these compounds can bar the cellular entry of all the variants that originate from the same source virus.
This comes as a welcome relief for our world that has been struggling for the past two years with this pandemic virus. Where some people are looking at this recent discovery with starry eyes, many critics are doubtful and warning the people to not get swept away. Before we share such elaborate debates that have emerged henceforth, let’s first read all about this study in detail.
The Oregon State University conducted this scientific study under the able leadership of Richard van Breemen, a researcher in the Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute. It was then published in the Journal of Natural Products first.
This research directly states that the acidic forms of hemp derived cannabinoids have the potential to prevent
The compounds that showed these special tendencies in particular are:
Both of them are effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants, Alpha (B.1.1.7) and Beta (B.1.351).
In the end, this study reiterated the potential benefits of these compounds to prevent and even treat the severe infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For a layman we can rephrase and say that the consumption of CBDA and CBGA, two acidic forms of famous cannabinoids CBD and CBG, derived strictly from hemp plants can stop the COVID-19 virus from entering the human cell.
What plays a major role in the spreading of the infection and its consequent replication is when the spike protein’s receptors bind with the human cell’s surface receptor ACE2. CBDA and CBGA, then curb this infectious chain of reactions by binding with the concerned proteins themselves. In this manner the proteins are unable to bind with the ACE2 enzyme and the virus inhibitor phenomenon is successful.
Using compounds to block such virus interactions from happening was previously quite successful in patients suffering from other viral infections like HIV-1 and Hepatitis. Which creates the perfect opportunity for the best use of such research studies today and in the future as well.
After the immediate publication of this study, it shot to fame. Unsurprisingly due to the prominent names that it features, Cannabis or Hemp and COVID-19. What then followed was a sort of madness as everyone rushed in with all horns blazing without any real information and knowledge. Which is quite dangerous if not addressed timely and in an adequate fashion.
Many big media outlets like Forbes, The Print, NBC New York, etc. have covered this news piece which is proof enough of its significance in today’s time. But what sometimes prevails alongside the success of such a study are the rumors, myths and unknown information.
People tend to cook up stories where the headlines might talk about untrue scenarios like ‘Smoke Cannabis to Stop COVID-19 Virus’. This is detrimental to the health of the individuals. Especially for the ones who are suffering from this severe respiratory syndrome.
Whenever an important scientific study starts doing the rounds in the media and even gets referenced by a famous Late Night TV host, addressing it accurately and directly becomes the responsibility of relevant informants like us. Which is why we decided to share all the credible information that exists through this blog.
Only solid information backed by studies is legit. It is important to bust all myths and rumors to help the people at large, in understanding the phenomenon without making any rash decisions. As a result of which credible media information especially from niche related websites is the last straw to cling to. However, it is of utmost importance to follow what a number of sources say, to arrive at your final conclusion.
With respect to the study in question, of course the scientific findings are the foremost sources. Since the language of science is not easily understood by common people, they should instead collect their facts from credible news sites or devoted niche site blogs like ours.
Cannabis is a truly therapeutic herb, there are no doubts about it. Backed by a number of studies as well as anecdotal reports, we know that if you consume cannabis in the right way, it can help you manage and treat a number of debilitating health conditions. So testing it out for a severe pandemic disorder like COVID-19, was something that just made sense. Be that as may, it does not mean that we must misuse such information.
It is possible to block the COVID-19 infection with the Hemp Compounds, but only through proper formulations or infused vaccines that haven’t come out yet. This study does not support the practice of smoking a joint or taking a particular CBD gummy to stop the COVID infection. Instead, it only expresses a possibility of using cannabis infused medications to help end this 2-year long, pandemic disorder.
So without much further ado, let’s list down the important points that you must remember: