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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Have a toke and stay safe

A new study from Oregon State University shows that cannabis can keep covid from entering human cells.

According to a press release from OSU, Van Breemen and collaborators, including scientists at Oregon Health & Science University, found that a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a critical step in the process the virus uses to infect people.

The compounds are cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, CBDA, and the spike protein is the same drug target used in COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapy. A drug target is any molecule critical to the process a disease follows, meaning its disruption can thwart infection or disease progression.

“These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” van Breemen 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.” Those two variants are also known the alpha and beta variant, respectively.

Well, shit, I will get right on that. Ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure, I always said. Nip covid in the bud. Or with the bud. Stay safe and happy!


Kerr A. Lott said...

Cool! As an avid daily consumer I should be well protected!

Jon Harwood said...

That is good news. The tricky part might turn out to be figuring out how to get the right compound in the right amount to the right place so it will actually work. That can turn out to be complicated. I sure can imagine some interesting predicaments people might get into trying to make a buck off of this. "Covid OFF Miracle Gummies!". I figure the ads will start arriving in my email in box by this evening.

shawnintland said...

"TESTING... 1, 2, 3, TESTING!

Jon Harwood said...

I just read in the Jerusalem Post that Viagra saves COVID patients by dialating lung blood vessels. Hence I am filing my patent application for Cannibis-Viagra-Ivermectin suppositories.

Anonymous said...

well we know it cures the lack of taste and smell, thanks to you Robert,