COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – You would think that marijuana and the COVID-19 virus would have meant nothing, but new research by an Oregon study shows otherwise.
The Oregon State Global Health Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute announced Wednesday that two specific substances in marijuana have the potential to prevent people from contacting COVID.
According to the study, the specific source of the compounds is hemp – a marijuana or cannabis plant widely used as a source of fiber, food and animal feed, and supplies compounds often added to cosmetics, body lotions, dietary supplements.
The laboratory study found that the two compounds – cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) – block the process by which COVID infects humans.
A member of the Oregon State Research Team said the compounds have a history of safe use and can be used to prevent and treat COVID infections.
Giving the CBDA and CBGA supplements to humans and comparing infection rates in those who use the compounds with those who do not were not part of the study.
However, at least one company already uses the compounds to tease COVID patients.
Nesa’s Hemp, a natural health company in the Chicago area, said that the key to the composition’s effectiveness is extracting live hemp plants instead of dead plants, which increases the quality of the acids and strengthens the human immune system.
Inesa Ponomariovaite, the founder of the company, said she was the first in the US to develop the connections and she delivered to customers even before the pandemic.
“I sell it every month to about 25 to 30 people,” she said. “It has had great results in reducing COVID symptoms, especially in people with breathing problems. It can prevent COVID contracting because it strengthens the immune system and contributes to overall good health. I knew it worked even for the study. “
Ponomariovaite said the compounds – taken by placing several drops under the tongue – are considered a supplement and not food as a medicine, and as such are not regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
“What we need is peer review of that study, and more studies, before people accept the possibilities easily,” she said.
Renze Waddington, owner of Thy Epic Remedy medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado Springs, said the investigation did not surprise him.
“Marijuana is a great plant,” he said. “It can do a lot of things. But it’s too early to say whether the study will send more customers. Those compounds are much more expensive than traditional CBD because they are more concentrated and pure. And most people could not get they do, because the state does not allow COVID as a reason to apply or use a red card to get it. “
Waddington said dispensaries for recreational marijuana, and possibly drugstores and pharmacies, are more likely to be final locations for the compounds.