Although cannabis has antibiotic and antibacterial properties, it will not stop COVID-19
One of the most difficult battles to be held is the one against disinformation and fake news, especially in the middle of a global health emergency. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has issued a warning to cannabis consumers in response to a recent claim that marijuana can kill the coronavirus. According to the non-profit advocacy group, thousands of people have received text messages containing a link to a Fox News article that was falsified. This fake report was stating that cannabis, along with cannabidiol (CBD), is all that is required to kill the COVID-19. There are always dishonest manufacturers that find creative ways to benefit from any misfortune.
“If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is […] During these difficult times, we encourage people to be skeptical of any unsubstantiated claims, particularly those circulating online, surrounding the use of cannabis or any other uncorroborated treatment for COVID-19,” said the organization’s Executive Director, Erik Altieri.
This news also had the organization to send similar warnings to other warnings across the US and Canada regarding the same topic. One case in particular had the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission sending a warning to a CBD company named Herbal Army, for selling products in a “coronavirus treatment package” presentation. Another CBD company, Mona Lisa Healing, was caught selling similar packages.
Ever since then, NORML has been bringing awareness of research that is shared by cannabis firms. Even the organization has been advising consumers to stay away from cannabis-related products that are illegal or haven’t been tested yet. Cannabis has proven to have certain antibiotic properties, but claims of it stopping the coronavirus go too far.