According to a new study conducted by Oregon State University, scientists have identified a compound that is in marijuana that could potentially prevent COVID-19 from entering human cells.
In a news release released by the school, this compound can be found in certain lotions, make-up, and even some supplements and food.
Researchers with the school stated that two cannabinoid acids in marijuana can bind to the SARS CoV-2 spike protein, preventing it from infecting users. Similar to how COVID-19 vaccines work.
The lead researcher on the study, Richard van Breemen, spoke on the recent study. He said:
“These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,”
He continued by saying,
“They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans.”
More studies will be done to look further into cannabis helping prevent COVID-19. Only time will tell as to what happens next.