Cannabis and COVID-19

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What is this about cannabis coronavirus? 

The global concern over the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has many people taking precautions against contracting the virus. It’s also raising a lot of questions about weed, smoking, edibles, THC, CBD, and your health during this difficult time. cannabis coronavirus

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more information. Here’s what we know about cannabis and COVID-19.

The lockdown measures implemented to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 may affect (illicit) drug consumption patterns. This rapid response study investigated changes in cannabis use in a non-probability sample of cannabis users in the Netherlands during the early lockdown period. We fielded an online cross-sectional survey 4–6 weeks after implementation of lockdown measures in the Netherlands on March 15, 2020. We measured self-reported \motives for changes in use, and assessed cannabis use frequency (use days), number of joints per typical use day, and route of administration in the periods before and after lockdown implementation. 1,563 cannabis users were recruited. Mean age was 32.7 ± 12.0 years; 66.3% were male and 67.9% used cannabis (almost) daily. In total, 41.3% of all respondents indicated that they had increased their cannabis use since the lockdown measures, 49.4% used as often as before, 6.6% used less often, and 2.8% stopped (temporarily). One-third of those who were not daily users before the lockdown became (almost) daily users. Before the lockdown, most respondents (91.4%) used cannabis in a joint mixed with tobacco and 87.6% still did so. Among users of joints, 39.4% reported an increase in the average number consumed per use day; 54.2% stayed the same and 6.4% used fewer joints. This rapid response study found evidence that during the lockdown more users increased rather than decreased cannabis consumption according to both frequency and quantity. These data highlight the need to invest more resources in supporting cessation, harm reduction, and monitoring longer term trends in cannabis use.

Breaking news on marijuana and coronavirus

The coronavirus has disrupted cannabis commerce across North America, triggering runs on stores, closures, and the adoption of curbside pickup and delivery ordering. SARS-CoV-2 is canceling most 420 events, and changing personal behavior away from sharing joints and pipes.

The latest as of April 20, 2020:

  • On this 4/20 holiday, cannabis consumers are finding new and creative ways to celebrate while keeping their social distance amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
  • A new set of projections from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimated that some states could begin limited reopening as soon as May 4, while others might have to wait until June.
  • New York reported its lowest single-day COVID-19 death toll (478 people) in more than two weeks, which is a hopeful sign.
  • Congress and the White House are negotiating over a new $450 billion business relief fund, none of which (again) would be available to any cannabis company, or even companies that do business with cannabis companies.
  • The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, turned to his wife, Yumi Hogan, a Korean immigrant who speaks fluent Korean, to strike a deal with a Korean company to secure coronavirus test kits.
  • Meanwhile, state and local officials who receive PPE orders are taking extraordinary Mission: Impossible-style measures to prevent federal officials from hijacking their goods.
  • Last Thursday, President Trump issued a set of measured guidelines for states to follow as they begin to consider reopening. The next day, he called for Americans to rebel against and “LIBERATE” states that were following his own guidelines. cannabis coronavirus