Data Show Cannabis Terpenes May Slow COVID-19 Infection

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in cannabis with known antiviral properties. New data show they may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 from infecting cells by blocking ACE2 receptors
  • SARS-CoV-2 uses the ACE2 receptor to bind with human cells. These receptors are found in the mouth, airway and intestinal tissue
  • Scientists added terpenes to hand sanitizer hoping to develop a powerful hand cleaner
  • Terpenes are found in medicinal cannabis, which has a positive effect on migraine treatment, pain control and the alleviation of gut conditions

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