Oregon State Research shows hemp compounds prevent coronavirus from entering human cells

Hemp compounds identified by Oregon State University research via a chemical screening technique invented at OSU show the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells. 

 

“These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, said. “They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans. And our research showed the hemp compounds were equally effective against variants of SARS-CoV-2, including variant B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, and variant B.1.351, first detected in South Africa.”

 

Using compounds that block virus-receptor interaction has been helpful for patients with other viral infections, he notes, including HIV-1 and hepatitis.

 

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