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FACT CHECK: Can cannabis or weed cure coronavirus infection?

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Summary

The claim that cannabis or cocaine can kill coronavirus is unverified, and can even potentially harm people. 

In the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri tweeted an image claiming that India should legalize cannabis as it has been consumed in India for a very long time and it can also cure the infection of coronavirus. 

Similarly, few people on social media have claimed that cocaine can also cure coronavirus infection. 

The truth behind the claim 

The claim that cannabis, also commonly known as 'weed' cure coronavirus is false. There is no scientific evidence that cannabis kills coronavirus. Moreover, the World Health Organization has also clarified that till now there is no cure of Coronavirus infection issued precautions that can prevent people from getting infected.

Furthermore, the screenshot shared by Agnihotri does not correspond to a news report but is a meme. It was created on the website en.dopl3r.com, a website gives users the option to select a meme temple, a category and add images and text.

However, there is ongoing research with natural fibre hemp plants (cannabis plant) to have cannabinoids that show some anti-bacterial activity. The research is ongoing for various biomedical applications. But, until now, there is no evidence that cannabis can have any effect on coronavirus infections.

Similarly, there is no evidence that cocaine can cure coronavirus infection. In fact taking cocaine has never treated any illness so far.

In conclusion, the claim that cannabis or cocaine can kill coronavirus is unverified, and even potentially harm people. 

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