Study shows hemp compounds prevent coronavirus from entering human cells

Laboratory research is a collaboration of researchers at OHSU, Oregon State University
Study shows hemp compounds prevent coronavirus from entering human cells. Hemp growing in a field amid the dawn.

“The study’s implication is that some hemp-based consumer products have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection from the novel coronavirus,” said senior author Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology in the OHSU School of Medicine. (Getty Images)

New research reveals compounds in hemp demonstrate an ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells.

The study, published in the Journal of Natural Products, was a collaboration between scientists at Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University.

The laboratory study used chemical screening techniques to discover that a pair of distinct cannabinoid acids in hemp — known as cannabigerol acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA — bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a critical step in the process the virus uses to infect people.

Fikadu Tafesse Ph.D. (OHSU), a tall man with dark hair smiling in the Vollum courtyard at OHSU.

Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D. (OHSU)

“This is a lab study, so it hasn’t been tested clinically,” said senior author Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology in the OHSU School of Medicine. “However, the study’s implication is that some hemp-based consumer products have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection from the novel coronavirus.”

Known scientifically as Cannabis sativa, hemp is a source of fiber, food, and animal feed. Hemp extracts and compounds are also added to cosmetics, body lotions, and dietary supplements.

The study was led by Richard van Breeman, Ph.D., a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy, and Linus Pauling Institute.

In addition to Tafesse and van Breeman, co-authors include Ruth Muchiri of Oregon State, along with Timothy BatesJules WeinsteinHans Leier, and Scotland Farley of OHSU.

For more information, see the news release from Oregon State University: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/oregon-state-research-shows-hemp-compounds-prevent-coronavirus-entering-human-cells


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If you’re brand new to cooking or creating with cannabis, there are
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Cannabinoids, both THC and CBD, need to be decarboxylated for maximum
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Cannabidiol is fat soluble, which means it breaks down and is stored
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Here are a few ways you can incorporate CBD flower into your food,
supplements and personal care routines.

Some people believe that coconut oil is the best way to gain maximum
benefits from CBD. Because cannabidiol is fat soluble and coconut oil
is 80% saturated fat, coconut oil a great binding agent for
cannabinoids that supports efficient absorption in the blood stream
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There are seemingly endless ways to use coconut oil. You can cook with
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Whether you’re consuming it or applying it topically, by using
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If you’ve never made CBD coconut oil, here’s our recipe.

There’s nothing like a little honey to soothe your body and soul. It
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CBD-infused honey is just as simple to make as CBD oil. Plus, it’s
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Speaking of tea… Cannabis flower makes a natural addition to homemade teas.

Tea is a lovely way to combine CBD with other herbs in order to get
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Peppermint CBD for upset stomachs
Chamomile CBD to reduce anxiety and promote a good night’s sleep
Black or green tea leaves mixed with CBD for a caffeine boost or to
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For more subtle effects, you can skip decarboxylation, dry out your
flower and toss it in a tea ball. If you want stronger results,
remember to pop your flower in the oven before making your tea blend.
And consider adding some coconut oil or heavy creamer to your tea to
increase cannabinoid absorption.

Kombucha has been consumed for more than 2,000 years to improve
digestion, along with a host of other benefits. Given cannabis’s
benefits for nausea, digestive issues and overall gut health, coupling
kombucha with CBD might just be a match made in heaven.

CBD-infused kombucha and other beverages are starting to pop up in
breweries across the country. But you don’t need to be near a trendy
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If you’re just getting started using cannabis in the kitchen, one of
the easiest ways to include into recipes is to add it as a seasoning.
Just dry a batch of flower out in the oven and crush it up. CBD
seasoning makes a great addition a multitude of dishes, especially
those with an Italian flare.

If you want your CBD recipes to be nutritious and delicious, Here’s a
phenomenal guide to help you determine which recipes and herbs to pair
your CBD seasoning with.

Not everyone is a fan of the way cannabis changes the flavor of their
food. If you’re one of these people, there is an alternative way to
ingest your cannabinoids. Consider making CBD capsules.

Canna caps can especially be the right option for people who are
already taking vitamins or other supplements. This Leafly article has
a great recipe, plus tips for controlling dosage.

Topical products are great remedies for those using CBD for pain
relief. Bath bombs and bath salts can be a lovely way to incorporate
CBD into your body care routine. While you can find some of these
products at your local Harvest dispensary, they’re fun and easy to
make at home.

You can just toss your dried flower into your bath, but we recommend
making a CBD-infused coconut oil and adding the oil to a bath bombs
recipe. The coconut oil will enhance the effects of the CBD so you get
more health benefits from your medicine.

Beyond the basic CBD bath bomb recipe, consider using essential oils,
food coloring and shaping molds to customize your bath bombs.

Although smoking cannabis flower has culturally been the most common
method of consumption, that doesn’t mean it’s the best. There are no
shortage of ways you can use CBD and other cannabinoids to enhance
your physical health.

So, pick up a bag of cannabis flower, break out your recipe cards and
start experimenting today. We’d love to hear how your CBD recipes turn

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