A recent laboratory study completed by the Journal of Nature Products has come to an astonishing conclusion about COVID-19 and Cannabis – two compounds found in Cannabis have the potential to fight against the infamous coronavirus. Before we go further into the research, let’s back up to what exactly Cannabis compounds are.
COVID-19 and Cannabis
Cannabis is a unique plant that consists of more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds. The most universally identified and understood compounds include delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC) and cannabidiol (also known as CBD). Marijuana is the name given to any plant comprised of both CBD and THC compounds. THC is the compound that allows the user to experience a high, while CBD is known for its prospective health benefits.
Now, back to the recent study- entitled ‘Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants’, published by the National Library of Medicine by seven researchers at Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35007072/
This study investigated the effect of chemical compounds found in hemp against the coronavirus spike proteins, which allow COVID-19 to enter human cells. The researchers found that cannabigerolic acid (also known as CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (also known as CBDA) bound to the COVID-19 proteins and inhibited them from entering healthy human cells, removing the potential for the virus to spread further.
What does this mean?
Obviously, there needs to be more research done as this is a very new subject- both on Cannabis and the coronavirus. The results, as mentioned above, were only found successful in the controlled environment of a petri dish, with no added variables of the otherwise complicated human body. However, if the results do transfer over into the human body, this could mean opening a whole new world for medical science.
Cannabis and medical research
Cannabis has the potential for major medical breakthroughs; this has been known for decades while the medical community battles with the FDA and other government agencies to approve these critical research projects. CBD is experiencing a rise in popularity due to research.
A few drugs are on the market with proven results using THC within their formulas. The FDA has approved dronabinol and nabilone based on THC and is used to treat nausea in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy and stimulate appetite in patients with wasting syndrome due to AIDS.
Many are concerned with medical marijuana and state too little is known of its long-term use. The only reason this is the case is that the US government has outlawed most research into Cannabis. Once they get over their old-school paranoia, we will all benefit from targeted drugs for many aliments that have yet to find other remedies. Here’s to hoping things are changing with our medical care!