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Hemp may block COVID-19 from entering human cells: Researchers

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*Experts found cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp, and several hemp extracts have a good safety profile in humans

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sicentists at the Oregon State University (OSU), in the United States (US) in a study  reported they found that chemicals in hemp may have the ability to prevent the virus that causes the COVID-19 pandemic from entering human cells.

ConsumerConnect gathered the researchers in the study found that a pair of cannabinoid acids can bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a critical step in the process that the virus uses to infect people.

The study findings were published in the Journal of Nature Products, agency report stated.

Richard van Breemen, one of the researchers, said: “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts.

“They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans.”

Hemp has been described as a narcotic drug made from an Asian plant that is smoked, chewed, eaten, or drunk to produce a mildly euphoric reaction.

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