Amid the growing outbreak of the coronavirus, experts quickly dismissed any potential benefit from cannabis in the battle to stop the disease. On Feb. 6, experts from New Frontier Data addressed urban myths that are floating around, which suggest medical cannabis may have some sort of way to treat coronavirus symptoms.
The disease, called 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2019-nCoV is unique among countless other coronaviruses that cause the common cold.
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Purell a stern warning after the company claimed that the product helps to slow the spread of 2019-nCoV, which is unproven and unlikely. Hand sanitizers only eliminate certain kinds of microbes, and not all types of viruses. Viruses, for instance, are much smaller than bacteria, and antibacterial products are mostly designed for killing bacteria only. Even surgical masks may not be any help to slow the spread of the virus.
In addition, the experts from New Frontier Data contended that there is absolutely no proven benefit from cannabis regarding the current coronavirus epidemic. “Despite popular demand for answers and remedies against legitimately publicized health risks during the cyclical flu season or the newfound onset of the Wuhan coronavirus, there is no known role for cannabis to play against either,” an expert from New Frontier Data reported for Benzinga.
While cannabis may reduce nausea during illnesses with flu-like symptoms, there is no evidence to support the idea that it can reduce 2019-nCoV symptoms or any other type of serious virus outbreak.
If any medical cannabis source claims to help with the symptoms of the coronavirus, they’re wrong. The FDA won’t even allow hemp or CBD products to offer medical benefit claims, as they can only be sold as dietary supplements and not medicine.