Marijuana is one of the herbs that South Africa is trialling against Covid-19. There are currently no medicines or vaccines against the deadly disease, which is caused by the novel coronavirus.
The South African government, in partnership with universities and traditional healers, is evaluating whether six herbs used in African traditional medicines could be effective in fighting the disease which has killed almost 6,000 people in the country and more than 623,000 worldwide.
African traditional medicines are a fundamental part of South Africa’s healthcare system, with many people using both medicines from traditional healers and drugs prescribed by medical doctors. One study estimates that about three-quarters of the country’s black population uses African traditional medicines.
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