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Is there a way to run SQL function with the CI db class?(ie: COMPRESS(?))

In slim framework I'm using it in this way:

PHP Code:
$data = array(
       "userid" => $userid,
      "data" => $this->db->func('COMPRESS(?)', [json_encode($data)]),

 $db_insert $this->db->insert("products"$data); 

Is there something similar in CI?

Thanks! Smile
An update:
Ended up with converting the insert to query binds. Hopefully it'll help someone in the future.
Depending on the version of CI you are using this might help you out:

PHP Code: