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Cannabis Compounds Prevented Covid Infection in Laboratory Study

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WATCH: Cannabis compounds prevented Covid-19 infection in a lab study. Oregon State University’s Prof. Richard van Breemen tells Rosalie e’Silva more.Source: Bloomberg

Cannabis compounds prevented the virus that causes Covid-19 from penetrating healthy human cells, according to a laboratory study published in the Journal of Nature Products. 

The two compounds commonly found in hemp -- called cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA -- were identified during a chemical screening effort as having potential to combat coronavirus, researchers from Oregon State University said. In the study, they bound to spike proteins found on the virus and blocked a step the pathogen uses to infect people.