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Marijuana can prevent COVID-19, research shows

Research published this week says two compounds found in marijuana prevent COVID-19 from penetrating human cells.

“Cannabigerolic acid and cannabidiolic, labelled CBGA and CBDA respectively, bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike, blocking the deadly virus from infecting people,” the study in Journal of Nature Products sayd.

“These compounds are common and readily available and can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans,” Richard van Breemen, lead researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center adds.

The medical benefits of marijuana have been touted by several scientists. Besides containing the spread of Covid-19 in human cells, medical marijuana has been used in management of Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and seizures, and multiple sclerosis among other illnesses.

Due to these benefits, some countries around the world have allowed the use of marijuana for medical and recreational use. In Kenya, the plant is classified as a narcotic.

In September 2018, late ex-Kibra MP Ken Okoth sought the legalisation of Marijuana through a petition to National Assembly.

“The proposed Bill seeks to ensure that there is regulation for growth and safe use of marijuana and hemp including the registration of growers of growers, producers, manufacturers and users with special focus on protection of children/minors from illicit use just as we do with tobacco and alcohol,” the MP had said in his letter.

Okoth died of cancer in July, 2019.


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