With the threat of the coronavirus aka COVID-19 spreading like wildfire across the globe, so are cure-all remedies including cannabis cures. But what can cannabinoids cure? Can cannabis really cure Corona?
An estimated 160,000 people have contracted the novel virus and about 6000 have died globally of the coronavirus since the outbreak began in Wuhan China in December 2019. The virus quickly spread around the world, affecting approximately 100 countries at the time of writing this article.
As a result, the world seems to have gone on hold.
- Foreign travel has nearly ceased.
- Bars and restaurants are closed.
- Schools are closed or held online
- Public gatherings including concerts, conferences, and theater shows are canceled.
- Stores in the United States are running out of stock to support a mass quarantine.
Essentially, culture is canceled. People are asked to stay indoors to avoid catching the potentially-deadly virus, especially if they have a compromised immune system.
You might joke that you just woke up to the zombie apocalypse at last, but this is serious. So it is not surprising that people are grasping for a cure.
But first of all, stop asking “Can Cannabis Really Cure Corona?” Cannabis products like CBD ointments, CBD ingestibles, and medical marijuana might make your day easier—and perhaps your quarantine less stressful, but it’s NOT going to cure the highly contagious coronavirus.
We have 3 problems here:
- There are plenty of well-meaning people out there who are eager to “help,” but are misinformed.
- There are opportunists at play who are eager to capitalize on the cannabis industry, which is anticipated to reach over $70B dollars, $20B for CBD alone.
- The disease is a new strain and there is no cure to date according to the World Health Organization (WHO), although trials are underway.
Watch Out for Snake Oil Cannabis Cures for Corona
Ever since Rick Simpson Oil came on the public radar in the early 2000s, people have been touting cannabis products as the cure-all for every ailment from skin cancer to antimicrobial benefits for “superbugs,” but the FDA has only approved one cannabis-derived drug, Epidiolex, to date.
That said, the coronavirus is not immune to the spread of misinformation. For instance, a post from India is circulating on Twitter about the “magic of cannabis.”
Solution to a lot of world’s problems lie in India. But you can’t find them as long as you ridicule our ancient wisdom.
Cannabis is a magic plant. Till mid-80s it was sold by Govt. Because of Rajiv Gandhi and western Pharma companies it got bad name.
Make cannabis legal. pic.twitter.com/qrwynpT6IW
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) February 8, 2020
Similarly, an article on Market Watch suggests that CBD could cure “Fido’s” coronavirus. But let’s make one thing clear. There is no known cure for this disease.
If you’re a dedicated natural DIYer, you might be tempted to think you can make your own home remedy. But even the people living a natural lifestyle are not taking their chances, as you’ll see from the viral Facebook post below.
While a cannabis remedy or other naturopathic solution might be fine and good for supporting your immune system or helping you calm your fears, this is not the time to whip out your own home remedy to cure pneumonia—although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might support you if you’d like to make a DIY hand sanitizer as long as the active ingredient contains 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol alcohol. If you live in a country that sells Everclear, go ahead and add some aloe vera gel and even CBD in it to make it your own, but know that it’s the alcohol that’s more than likely killing the virus.
Still, we recommend following the advice of the WHO, your government, and healthcare officials on proper prevention and self-care. This is a good case for bridging your holistic lifestyle with conventional medicine.
According the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the coronavirus
is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
That’s why people are wearing masks in public like doctors.
— Juha Lilja (@lilja_juha) March 14, 2020
Did you know? The plague doctor from the renaissance wore a beak-like mask stuffed with aromatic herbs that may have been helpful in social distancing and protecting the doctor from the stench of disease, but was not the best palliative measure. What helped stop the spread of the disease was a modern understanding of bacteria, including hygiene, and the development of antibiotics.
So wash your hands and seek modern medical care if you develop symptoms of the coronavirus.
How to Wash Your Hands Properly to Kill Viruses
- Wash your hands: Viral particles can live outside of the body anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Soap dissolves the fat membrane of the tiny virus and causes it to fall apart.
- Sharing is not caring: Keep your cigarettes, pipes, joints, one-hitters, and mouth droppers to yourself. And don’t share your drinks either.
- Be antisocial and practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing, stay out of public places, and don’t shake hands with anyone. That’s right. This is your excuse to stay home.
- Hands off! Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. The tiny droplets can enter your body through any opening.
- Practice safe sneezing (and coughing): Body fluids can fly great depths. So cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. And demand that people around you follow the same practice. Be sure to throw away the soiled tissues and/or change your shirt if you just sneezed into it.
- Clean, clean, clean: Now’s a good time to get your spring cleaning going early. Disinfect your handles, doorknobs, tables, and every other surface someone might have touched with Clorox bleach or a high-alcohol content cleaner (70% or more).
Stay safe in this pandemic and be careful about what you read and hear. Cannabis and other home remedies are highly unlikely to kill the coronavirus. Follow the CDC and WHO’s health advice and limit your exposure to the virus by staying home and away from people as much as possible. If you must go out, practice good hygiene.