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Here at the Daily Leaf, you know that we encourage you to maintain. Cannabis is, after all, the entire reason that we exist. However, a recent post over at NORML, the responsible uncle of legalization advocacy groups, has reminded us that in an effort to push product, some less reputable providers of piff aren’t beyond making dodgy claims.

Recently, according to a KGW report, Lumi, a Southeast Portland dispensary, was contacted by the office of the Oregon State Attorney General regarding a sign that seemed to imply that their CBD products could provide immunity to the virus. This is a violation of the Unlawful Trade Practices Act.

Nationally, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have stepped in to force CBD retailers to remove covid related claims from their website. Likewise, Forbes reports, email scammers are using covid fears in an attempt to drum up demand for their CBD products.

We want to make one thing entirely clear: there is no scientific evidence that cannabis or any cannabis-derived cannabinoids treat or prevent covid infections. It is within the realm of possibility that some cannabis-derived medicine may, eventually, be found to treat to the infection. But, as of now, there is no evidence to suggest that this is the case. What’s more, because the infection leads to respiratory distress, smoking any substance, cannabis or otherwise, could potentially aggravate the condition.

For those who are feeling healthy and enjoy cannabis use as part of their lockdown recreation, we encourage you to continue doing so. Puff, puff, but don’t pass.

But for those who are feeling unwell, please stay away from smoking anything. And don’t allow any unscrupulous sellers to leverage all of our natural concern in this trying time to sell you a cure that doesn’t exist. Eat, smoke, or dab because you enjoy it, not because it will provide any covid cure. It will not.

Photos Courtesy The Green Fund