2 compounds of 'Bhang' (Cannabis) can stop COVID, says US natural product study by Oregon State Uni.
NRI Herald Australia, 14th Feb 2022
Compounds in 'Bhang' or 'hemp' (Cannabis sativa) 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 10th January 2022 by the Journal of Natural Products.
The researchers of Linus Pauling Institute, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University 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.
“These cannabinoid acids are abundant in hemp and in many hemp extracts,” van Breemen said, as quoted by local media“They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans.”
AYURVEDA SAYING THIS FOR AGES
Bhang or hemp (Cannabis sativa) is a mixture made by drying, grinding, and soaking the buds and leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant to form a paste that's added to food and drinks. Bhang has been consumed in India for centuries. Bhang can also be combined with sugar and ghee(a clarified butter commonly used in India).
The Atharva Veda mentions cannabis as one of the five most sacred plants on Earth and says that a guardian angel resides in its leaves. It also refers to it as a “source of happiness,” a “joy-giver” and a “liberator”.
Ayurveda considers the cannabis plant to be of medicinal value and in the Sushruta Samhita (6 BCE) it is used to aid digestion and appetite.
The Unani system of medicine practised by Muslims in medieval India also used cannabis as a cure for diseases of the nervous system and as an antispasmodic and anticonvulsive.
Sikh fighters often took bhang while in battle to help them fight better and numb their sense of pain.
In Ayurvedic and Tibbi rituals, cannabis was given orally to treat diseases like malaria and rheumatism.
While talking to NRI Herald one of the renowned Ayurvedic doctors in Sydney, Dr Naveen Shukla (President of Australasian Association Ayurveda (AAA)) said;
" 'Bhang' (Cannabis) is being used in Ayurveda and in some Indian festival drinks (Holi) since many centuries. In Ayurveda, it is used in treating low digestion strength, IBS, insomnia and muscle pains. But it is grouped under Upavisha – sub- toxic herbs. Hence, purification is required before its very-careful and limited dose and time usage"
Dr Naveen further added that;
"In Australia Ayurvedic Doctors are not prescribing this herb because it falls under schedule 8 as per Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 and only a registered GP can do so"
INDIAN AYURVEDA BEING STOLEN BY USA & EUROPE
For several years now, Indian Ayurveda is not patented and that it is being sold at high prices in the US. Take turmeric as just one herb. Today it being sold in capsules, powder and in various ways as a powerful ingredient to solve health problems from preventing cancer to detoxifying the body. Years ago the US tried to patent Neem, but thanks to Indian NGOs and the Indian government, that war on patents was won.
Various US companies are selling Ashwagandha, a very well known Ayurvedic product in various US stores. This product is being sold as good stress buster and beneficial for the body but nowhere mentions anything about Indian Ayurvedic sciences on the product description. US did the similar exercise in the past when it tried to patent "Neem"..Glad that Indian government and NGOs intervened and that patent was not granted.
This just shows that even in the 21st Century, where western scholars have done intensive work on such subjects and have proved that Sanskrit, metallurgy, iron and steel were India’s gift to the world when the countries of the West were living in the dark ages,India's previous government and paid historians have destroyed the entire Indic ecosystems especially Ayurveda in human's daily life.
Though things have changed drastically after Mr Modi took over in 2014 as PM and their had been various world class indic brands in the field of "Ayurveda" & non conventional naturopathy which have come up all across the world one of the classic example would be "PATANJALI" (valued at around $5 billion) globally.
The published study can be accessed at this link : https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c00946