House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was just caught in the act of touting an entirely unproven treatment for COVID-19 — something that Democrats have relentlessly hammered Trump for allegedly doing since April.
Donald Trump has touted a number of studies showing that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine shows promise as an experimental treatment for COVID-19, and Democrats along with the mainstream media have run a months-long smear campaign against him for recommending a drug that isn’t officially approved for coronavirus.
However, Nancy Pelosi had no problem turning around and touting cannabis as “a therapy that has proven successful” for COVID-19. You read that right — Cannabis.
The best evidence available to back up Pelosi’s claims that cannabis has any relevance to the COVID-19 treatment conversation is a report from CBS News in mid-July that some experts from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have recommended that studies should be launched to explore the possibility of using CBD — a compound found in cannabis — as a therapy for COVID-19.
Experts from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute are recommending that scientists study the anti-inflammatory properties in CBD as a potential treatment for lung inflammation caused by the coronavirus.
There is no scientific evidence that cannabis or its compounds can help with COVID-19 specifically, but in a peer-reviewed article in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, the authors said further research is needed to understand if CBD can help patients infected by the virus.
Conversely, there are at least 12 studies already published showing that under the right circumstances, hydroxychloroquine is an effective therapy for COVID-19 — some are peer-reviewed, and some are observational.
Pelosi’s comments came on Friday when reporters asked her why the hotly-debated forthcoming Phase 4 coronavirus rescue package includes provisions supporting the cannabis industry.
“I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this,” she told reporters. “This is a therapy that has proven successful,” going on to attack Republican counter-proposals to the Democrat bill produced in May.
Shockingly — or not — there has been very little mainstream media coverage of Pelosi’s touting of an actually unproven treatment for coronavirus.