Covid treatment: glowing ‘weed’ study claims cannabis can help
A group of ‘weed nuns’ have praised a study claiming cannabis could help fight Covid, saying science is finally ‘catching up with ancient wisdom’.
The Valley Sisters, a group of self-styled ‘weed nuns’, have welcomed the results of a new study which suggests cannabis could help prevent Covid-19 infections.
Sister Kate, the founder of the non-religious radical feminist sect, expressed her joy, reported The sun, on the results of the study – conducted by researchers at Oregon State University – suggesting that the field of science is finally “catching up” with centuries-old teachings.
“We are understandably delighted that science is catching up with ancient wisdom,” Sister Kate said in a written statement.
“It’s tremendous progress that the scientific community is saying ‘we’ve already determined that there are compounds in hemp that can prevent infection’, so now we can just move on to studying the dosage.
“It’s progress,” she added. “Looks like Covid helped end the debate.”
The Sisters of the Valley are based in Merced County, Northern California, and cultivate and harvest their own cannabis plants to create holistic medicinal products.
Sister Kate’s remarks follow a study published by scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) in the Journal of Natural Products earlier this week.
The peer-reviewed study found that two acidic cannabis compounds commonly found in hemp can prevent Covid-19 infection by blocking its entry into human cells.
A higher power?
The compounds, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), may bind to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
By binding to the spike protein, the compounds can block the virus from entering cells and causing infection – and therefore offer potential new avenues to help prevent and treat disease.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Richard van Breemen, a researcher at Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, said in a statement, “These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts.
“They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and they have a good safety profile in humans.”
Van Breemen added that in addition to proving effective against alpha and beta variants of Covid, CBDA and CBGA were also successful in blocking other strains of coronavirus, including the highly contagious Delta variant and Omicron.
“Our research showed that hemp compounds were equally effective against variants of SARS-CoV-2, including variant B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the UK, and variant B. 1.351, first detected in South Africa,” van Breemen added.
The spike protein CBGA and CBDA binds is the same part of the virus targeted by coronavirus vaccines and antibody therapies.
In addition to this protein, SARS-CoV-2 has three other structural proteins and 16 non-structural proteins which, according to van Breemen, should be considered as potential targets for any future drugs developed to prevent Covid.
“Any part of the infection and replication cycle is a potential target for antiviral intervention, and the connection of the spike protein receptor binding domain to the human cell surface receptor ACE2 is a critical step in this cycle,” van Breeman said.
“This means that cell entry inhibitors, such as hemp acids, could be used to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and also to shorten infections by preventing viral particles from infecting human cells. . They bind to spike proteins so that these proteins cannot bind to the ACE2 enzyme, which is abundant on the outer membrane of endothelial cells in the lungs and other organs.
Omicron and Delta beware
Although more research is still needed, van Breemen expressed optimism that his study shows that CBDA and CBGA could be developed into drugs to prevent or treat the coronavirus.
“These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans,” van Breemen explained.
“They have the potential to prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infection. CBDA and CBGA are produced by the hemp plant as precursors to CBD and CBG, which are familiar to many consumers.
“However, they are different from acids and are not contained in hemp products.”
The research further reiterated the significance of the finding that cannabinoids appeared to be effective against new variants of the virus.
Van Breeman added: “These variants are well known to evade early lineage SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which is obviously of concern given that current vaccination strategies rely on the early lineage spike protein as an antigen.
“Our data shows that both CBDA and CBGA are effective against the two variants we examined, and we hope this trend will extend to other existing and future variants.
“Resistant variants could still emerge in the setting of widespread cannabinoid use, but the combination of vaccination and CBDA/CBGA treatment should create a much more difficult environment for SARS-CoV-2.”
Van Breemen’s endorsement of cannabis as a promising tool to prevent Covid-19 infections was music to the ears of Sister Kate, who for years has been preaching the healing powers of marijuana and CBD.
Her California-based sect, The Sisters of the Valley, grows and harvests their own cannabis plants to create holistic medicinal products, such as cannabidiol (CBD) salves, tinctures, balms and soaps that they sell online. line.
They use a strain of marijuana that removes the psychoactive compound THC, but still contains CBD, which has been touted to help treat everything from epilepsy to cancer and addiction.
The Valley Sisters
Sister Kate, real name Christine Meeusen, started the business with just 12 factories but has since grown the organization into an international business which, until the pandemic, was making profits of over 1.1 million dollars.
Despite the group’s nickname, Sister Kate said The sun in a previous interview that the Sisters of the Valley are in no way affiliated with the Catholic Church.
“We do things that are spiritual but none of us are associated with any particular religion,” she explained. “Religions sell words but we want to do much more than that.”
Sister Kate added that the Valley Sisters are working to revive spiritual practices that “place Mother Earth at the center of everything.”
“So we’ve created something that’s not religious, but spiritual – and it’s very eco-feminist in nature,” she said.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission