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‘Weed nuns’ rejoice as ground-breaking study concludes cannabis can help fight Covid

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A group of dedicated ‘weed nuns’ have been rejoicing at a new scientific study that found components in cannabis can help block human cells from Covid-19 infection

Nuns that specialize in growing marijuana are shouting “hallelujah” at the results of a medical study that found cannabis could help battle coronavirus.

The Sisters of the Valley, a collective of self-dubbed “weed nuns”, have been celebrating after a new study that’s found cannabis could help prevent infections of Covid-19.

The founder of the non-religious group, Sister Kate, has been expressing her excitement at the results of the study and claims science is finally “catching up”.

“We are, naturally, pleased that science is catching up with ancient wisdom,” Sister Kate declared in a written statement.

“It’s wonderful progress to have the scientific community say ‘we’re already determined that there are compounds in hemp that can prevent infection’, so now, we can just get on to studying dosage.”

She added: “That’s progress.

“Seems like Covid has helped end the debate.”

The group is based in Northern California’s Merced County and take pride in growing and harvesting their own cannabis plants to create holistic medicinal products.

The celebrations from Sister Kate comes after a study was published by scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) in the Journal of Natural Products earlier this week.

It found that two specific cannabis acidic compounds found in hemp can effectively prevent the infection of Covid-19 by blocking its entry into human cells.

The lead author of the study Dr. Richard van Breemen, a researcher with 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 have a good safety profile in humans.”

And in addition to being effective at blocking the alpha and beta variants of Covid, the two components were also successful at blocking other strains – including the Delta and Omicron variants.

“Our research showed the hemp compounds were equally effective against variants of SARS-CoV-2, including variant B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, and variant B.1.351, first detected in South Africa,” van Breemen added.

Christine Meeusen, who goes by Sister Kate, began the cannabis business with just 12 plants and has grown it into an international conglomerate, which before Covid, was bringing in over $1.1million (£804,000).

Although the group dresses up like nuns, Christine told The Sun that they are in no way affiliated with the Catholic Church.

She said: We do things that are spiritual but none of us are associated with any religion specifically.

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“Religions sell words but we want to do much more than that.”

They say their mission is to revive spiritual practices that “put Mother Earth at the center of everything.”

“So we created something that is nonreligious, but it’s spiritual – and it’s very eco-feminist in nature,” Sister Kate said.

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