New Study Finds Cannabis Compounds May Help Covid-19 Infection and Recovery
In mid-January, a recent study suggests two compounds, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) commonly found in hemp can prevent infection from the virus that causes COVID-19 by obstructing its entry into cells.
“Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants,” led by Oregon State University and published in the Journal of Natural Products, posited that certain cannabinoid acids from hemp (Cannabis sativa) can prevent infection from the virus that causes COVID-19 by obstructing its entry into cells.
CBDA and CBGA naturally exist in true whole-plant hemp extracts (like Woven Earth!) that are not overly distilled to raise CBD content. CBDA and CBGA are produced by the hemp plant as precursors to CBD and CBG, which are familiar to many consumers.
CBGA, also known as cannabigerolic acid, is the precursor to all other cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp plants. For this reason, people often refer to CBGA as the ‘mother cannabinoid.’ Without CBGA, no other cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, would exist.
CBDA, known as cannabidiolic acid, is secreted in the stems, leaves and flowers of a cannabis plant. When the plant undergoes activation (a process with heat), the acid is removed from the CBDA, activating CBD. CBDA is usually extracted by “juicing” plant material, and it can be added to foods, drinks, or used in tinctures, concentrated herbal extracts. But basically, CBDA is the raw form of CBD. And it’s not as easy to find.
- Hemp components can bind to SARS-CoV-2: In the study, CBDA & CBGA were able to bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein -- the same target used in COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapy. Once bound, this step could block a critical step in the pathogen process used to infect the cell.
- CBDA & CBGA may be able to prevent & shorten infection: This means cell entry inhibitors, like the acids from hemp, could be used to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and also to shorten infections by preventing virus particles from infecting human cells.
- Cannabinoids may be able to protect against new variants: The study also showed that CBDA and CBGA blocked the action of emerging variants of the virus that causes Covid-19.
- Final Takeaway: This preliminary CBD research is a great start. However, additional research is necessary before anyone can make any type of medical health claim
To make the best hemp extract, Woven Earth begins with the best raw material. Our nutrient-dense hemp plants are grown in rich soils, which are free from conventional pesticides and contaminants. While other hemp products rely on chemicals or solvents to extract and refine CBD, our gentle process helps preserve the integrity of the plant, which means more phytonutrients like CBD, terpenes, chlorophyll and flavonoids in each dose.
CBDA is a main ingredient of our full-spectrum daily oil with peppermint. Our full-spectrum hemp extract contains CBD as well as phytonutrients, chlorophyll and terpenes creating a synergistic effect and improving efficacy compared to CBD alone.
Every batch is tested, providing you full transparency. To learn more, read our COAs found here.
Woven Earth products do not treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.
For more, you can read the published research paper.