"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," the message reads.
It is noted that the researchers tested the effect of the compounds on the Alpha and Beta variants of the coronavirus in the laboratory.
The study did not include the addition of dietary supplements to humans or a comparison of the level of infection in those who use the compounds with those who do not.
Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State's Global Hemp Innovation Center, stressed that cannabis compounds have the potential to prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infection.
“These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans. They have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,” the researcher said.
Cannabis is also reported to be a source of fiber, food and animal feed, and extracts are commonly added to cosmetics, body lotions, dietary supplements and foods.
As it was reported earlier, frequent revaccinations for coronavirus can negatively affect a person's immune system. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), booster doses every four months can weaken the immune system and fatigue people. The agency recommends instead leaving more time between revaccination programs and tying them to start the cold season in each country.