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Can Terpenes Treat COVID-19?

Israeli researchers plan to build upon existing research and develop a novel terpene combination to use in COVID-19 treatment. Cannabis research company CannaSoul Analytics and Israeli entrepreneur Nadav Eyal will collaborate on the venture. Their formulation will be administered through direct inhalation.

When you smell marijuana, what you’re actually smelling is terpenes. These organic compounds create aroma in all plants, and each cannabis strain contains its own set of terpenes. This is why your stashes of marijuana smell different, even if they share the same general perfume. Similar to cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes bond with your endocannabinoids and deliver therapeutic effects to your system.

This isn’t the first research to investigate how terpenes impact a coronavirus. In a 2007 study, Chinese scientists found that different sets of terpenes reduced the severity and spread of the SARS coronavirus in-vitro and in-vivo — or, in both a laboratory petri dish and live organisms. The plant compounds blocked a specific protein that allows the virus to replicate itself throughout the body.

Israeli researchers plan to build upon that research and develop a novel terpene combination to use in COVID-19 treatment. Cannabis research company CannaSoul Analytics and Israeli entrepreneur Nadav Eyal will collaborate on the venture. Their formulation will be administered through direct inhalation.

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