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Fact Check: Marijuana, Palm Butter and Toborgee can’t Cure Covid-19

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Claim: Weed, slang for the cannabis plant, Palm Butter and Toborgee can ” cure coronavirus,” according to audio shared by several Facebook pages and WhatsApp messenger.

The audio in a form of a news report from the “Liberia Stupid people Association” with the voice saying:  the president of the Liberia zogo association says that weed mixed with toborgee and palm butter is the best medicine for the coronavirus. he said that is why no zogo has gotten the virus, he said because zogo takes the virus regularly.

The president is also asking the government to enforce weed  (Marijuana) is taken by everyone three times a day.

some headline says, “Scientists are shocked to discover that weed kills coronavirus.”

Rating: FALSE

The facts: As of Tuesday, February 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said “there is still no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat” the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Using cannabis for medical purposes remains a hot topic for debate, but it is legal in Uruguay, Canada, and South Africa. There are also some states in the US that have already legalized medical marijuana as of January 2020. It is legal for medical use in 33 states and allowed in 11 states for adults over the age of 21.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a US federal government research institute, said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine,” but said there are studies showing that cannabinoids, the chemicals in the plant, may help treat illnesses and symptoms. It added that the US FDA has approved two drugs in pill form that contain cannabinoid chemicals.

However, killing coronavirus is not included in the known benefits of cannabinoids. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, an agency under the US government’s National Institutes of Health, listed 13 specific health conditions that could be helped by cannabis or cannabinoids based on studies.

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