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Study Finds Cannabis Compounds Prevent Infection By Covid-19 Virus

Compounds in cannabis can prevent infection from the virus that causes Covid-19 by blocking its entry into cells, according to a study published this week by researchers affiliated with Oregon State University. A report on the research, “Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants,” was published online on Monday by the Journal of Natural Products.

The researchers found that two cannabinoid acids commonly found in hemp varietals of cannabis, cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, also known as CBDA, can bind to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. By binding to the spike protein, the compounds can prevent the virus from entering cells and causing infection, potentially offering new avenues to prevent and treat the disease…

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McDugle Holds Interim Study on “True” Medical Marijuana Industry

“We need to look at what it takes for Oklahoma to have a ‘true’ medical marijuana industry here in our state,” McDugle said. “When medical marijuana was first legalized, it was a bit like the land rush all over again. Dispensaries popped up all over our state and regulators were left playing catch up. Some of those issues have led to products on the market that don’t necessarily help people in the way a true medical cannabis product should. I called for this study because we need to get to the bottom of what we can do at a state level to make this industry as helpful as possible to the people needing these products.”

Sheldon Robinson, Chairman and CEO of Hobart Biosciences, provided testimony during the study. He said that he has seen a lot of purported medical marijuana being sold in Oklahoma, with very little of it being medical at all. The reason for this, according to Robinson, is that there are no doctors involved in the process of growing, cultivating and selling to consumers. He went on to say that the average Oklahoman is not comfortable going into a dispensary to buy medical marijuana, even if they need it, and the average doctor is not comfortable prescribing it because they do not know how to dose it. He said in order to get wholesale buy-in from doctors, another level of medicinal cannabis, held to a higher standard, needs to be created…

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