The two compounds commonly found in hemp -- called cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA -- were identified during a chemical screening effort as having potential to combat coronavirus, researchers from Oregon State University said. In the study, they bound to spike proteins found on the virus and blocked a step the pathogen uses to infect people.
“These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans,”
said Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center.
“They have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,”
he said in a statement.