Let me preface all I write next with the following statement: I’m not a weed guy. It just never appealed to me. That being said, there are indisputable medical benefits derived from Cannabis. The latest speculation is that certain “cannabinoid acids” can greatly aid in the treatment of Covid-19. The first time I heard about this was a year ago with this report on Good Morning America.
Apparently, the clinical trials alluded to above actually came to fruition. Oregon State University researchers have discovered that indeed, certain hemp compounds can prevent the Covid-19 virus from entering human cells. Let that sink in for a second. Remember all the times you’ve had drilled into you that nothing good comes from being a “pothead?” I digress. Anyway, here’s how it works. There are a pair of cannabinoid acids in hemp that bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. What does that mean? Well, essentially it prevents a critical step in the infection process. Wait, before you start campaigning for weed to be as abundant as water, the study’s lead researcher says the cannabinoid acids “are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts” and “are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.”