Hemp vs. Covid: OSU finds compounds that could prevent infection.

Could hemp help prevent infection or treat COVID-19? Research at 澳门管家婆资料大全 shows potential.

hemp leaf with COVID molecule

Richard van Breemen, a researcher in Oregon State鈥檚 Global Hemp Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute has identified two that may prevent the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 from infecting human cells.

Using a mass spectrometry-based screening technique that was invented at Oregon State, van Breemen, OSU colleague Ruth Muchiri and five collaborators from Oregon Health & Science University found that a pair of cannabinoids 鈥 cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) 鈥 bind to the coronavirus spike protein, blocking a critical step in the infection process.


Hemp is a rich source of unique natural products that have therapeutic value. Unlike other cannabinoids that have psychoactive properties, the CBGA and CBDA compounds are not controlled substances and have a good safety profile in humans, van Breemen says, and they also have potential to prevent as well as treat COVID-19 infections.

van Breemen expects will happen within a few months. He says preclinical trials, required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before any clinical testing in humans can begin, involve using cell cultures and/or animal models to test the safety and efficacy of a new drug candidate.

COVID-19 hasn鈥檛 been beaten yet. But the discoveries made at Oregon State could be an effective tool in the fight.

van Breemen and Muchiri looking at computer
Oregon State researchers Richard van Breemen and Ruth Muchiri have identified two hemp compounds that may prevent the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 from infecting human cells.