Cannabis vs. covid: Not a slam dunk

By Alex Halperin
Jan 13, 2022

A peer-reviewed lab study published in the Journal of Nature Products, found compounds found in cannabis blocked the coronavirus from penetrating healthy human cells.

Researchers at Oregon State University found three hemp derived compounds: cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), THCA and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) bound to spike proteins found on the virus’ and interfered with how the pathogen infects people.

This intriguing development doesn’t mean smoking a joint staves off Covid.

  • “In cannabis biochemistry, acids are the biosynthetic precursors to the cannabinoids that activate receptors in humans, i.e. “get you high,” Chris Roberts writes.
  • It’s also not clear whether the lab study will translate into an effective human therapy. “These compounds would need to be tested in animals, then in humans, and actually demonstrated to be effective against COVID,” said Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a physician and cannabis expert said. “This is a long way off, assuming they work, which is by no means guaranteed,”