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Online, false information has been rampant as citizens look for answers on and news updates about the novel coronavirus. This includes a multitude of erroneous claims for “cures” to the COVID-19 virus and existing medicinal substances that “kill” coronavirus parasites. One of these unproven, untested and unmerited claims is that cannabis byproducts have the ability to squash the virus in a patient. The claim has been circulating from numerous sources online, sparking outrage, misinformation and confusion throughout groups of people searching for remedies to the disease.



The fact is that there is no evidence to support the claim that marijuana cures coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists smoking as potentially harmful and as a noneffective action against COVID-19. It is noted that while the WHO may be referring to cigarette and tobacco smoke, the American Lung Association describes marijuana smoke as “harmful to lung health. Whether from burning wood, tobacco or marijuana, toxins and carcinogens are released from the combustion of materials. Smoke from marijuana combustion has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke.”


“When comparing cannabis and tobacco smoke, the exposures are different based on chemical constituents and smoking topography. Cannabis smokers typically inhale more deeply and for a longer duration,” says the website for The Michael G. DeGroote Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. “Cannabis is also smoked at higher temperatures (leading to greater combustion) and, in cigarette (‘joint’) form, smoked to a shorter butt length. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that the net respiratory burden of particulates is four times greater with cannabis than tobacco smoking.”


In Turkey, where the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 98 on March 17, “cures” have been circulating from lemon-scented cologne to kelle paca, a traditional Turkish soup made of sheep's head and trotter.


On the list “remedies” gaining traction in Turkey, cannabis sits at the top. On March 12, Islamist columnist for Yeni Akit, Abdurrahman Dilipak, made the statement that he believed hemp to be an effective treatment for the coronavirus.


“Here's a recipe for you: use it if you can bring it from abroad, or if you can find products from the hemp product THC and CBD, which are R&D at universities,” said Dilipak. “Pure hemp oil is also useful, but if you can find it. Erbakan had resisted the US imposition on poppy. Let's see if the AK Party can resist opponents of CBD-THC on hemp?”



Dilipak, who has over 700K followers on Twitter, was met with a mixture of support and opposition for his claim.


There is currently no proven medication for COVID-19. While around the world, approximately six clinical trials are either in the planning stages or recruiting patients for hydroxychloroquine, a common anti-malaria drug being tested for its effectiveness in eliminating the COVID-19 virus, it has not been approved as a treatment for the disease and evidence supporting its efficacy remains limited, according to Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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