FIT WebQoof: Could Weed ‘Kill’ the Novel Coronavirus?

FIT WebQoof: Could Weed ‘Kill’ the Novel Coronavirus?

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FIT WebQoof: Could Weed ‘Kill’ the Novel Coronavirus?
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The Claim

The new strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has been spreading rapidly across countries. As the 2019-nCoV continues to affect thousands of people, viral and unverified claims about its treatment and cure are being shared all over social media.

The latest claim is that weed or cannabis can kill the novel coronavirus and save those who are infected by it.

The claim has been shared widely, including by Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri.

The Truth

At the onset, it must be clear that scientists and doctors are still figuring out ways to treat 2019-nCoV. Researchers are in the early stages of understanding the potentially dangerous strain of virus which has never been encountered in humans before. Efforts to develop a vaccine are ongoing, but a new vaccine will probably take months, or even years to come into actual use.

In a few cases, antiviral drugs conventionally used against HIV, flu or Ebola have helped show improvement. But experts are still wary of considering them a universally applicable and proven course of treatment. China is in the process of conducting clinical trials of these medicines.

So can any claims be made about a plant being a possible ‘killer’ of the virus?

FIT spoke to Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant - Internal Medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.

Dr Sumit Ray is a Senior Consultant, Critical Care Medicine. Speaking to FIT, he said, “Cannabinoids are useful for stress, pain relief and anti-nausea. They have been part of many cultures, not just in Indian. But, there is no evidence to suggest that it has anti-viral activity.”

Therefore, these claims are devoid of any scientific basis and must not be believed without prior verification.

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