As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, government and health officials have continued to issue mandates and guidelines to help slow the spread of the virus.
With so many changes, many people are struggling to maintain daily routines and normalcy. For some, cannabis consumption is part of their daily ritual. For medical marijuana patients and beyond, cannabis provides relief for a number of physical and mental conditions.
Marijuana Use During COVID-19
According to AmericanMarijuana.org’s study of 1,017 U.S. cannabis consumers, 29.28% of participants said they have smoked more marijuana since the COVID-19 outbreak.
The major takeaways:
- 29.28% of the participants have smoked more marijuana since the COVID-19 outbreak due to the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic. However, it is surprising to see 5.70% quit smoking marijuana.
- While the majority (38.52%) of the 1,017 U.S. cannabis consumers consumed the same amount even after the COVID-19 outbreak, only 26.50% had smoked less marijuana.
Additionally, participants were asked if smoking marijuana will make them more susceptible to coronavirus. Out of 1,017 survey takers, 144 revealed that they have lung problems, while the other 873 said that they do not.
The major takeaways:
- 54.35% of participants with lung problems agreed that smoking marijuana will make them more susceptible to coronavirus, whereas only 34.47% of participants without lung problems think so.
- 45.65% of participants with lung problems and 65.53% of participants without lung problems don’t think smoking marijuana will make them more susceptible to coronavirus.
Access to Marijuana During the COVID-19 Crisis
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted cannabis commerce across North America, as there have been adoption of curbside pickup and delivery ordering procedures, closures of some stores and events, and a even dramatic surge in marijuana sales as people are trying to stock up. Restrictions vary from place to place depending on local conditions.
In Michigan, provisioning centers are open with marijuana home delivery services, per the state’s emergency March 16 order, which allows all licensed recreational marijuana and medical marijuana dispensaries to deliver to people’s doorstep during this time. Online ordering and curbside pickup is also available.
For further guidance on openings and closings, curbside pickup, and legal cannabis delivery services of marijuana retailers, Leafly has provided the following resources:
- What’s open today: Leafly’s guide to dispensary openings and closings in the COVID-19 era is updated twice daily. Check it to see what’s happening in your state.
- How to use curbside pickup: Leafly has a guide to curbside pickup, where it’s happening, and how it works.
- Here’s how to use legal marijuana delivery services
Per Michigan law and the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA)’s guidelines, only 2.5 ounces of marijuana can be purchased at one time per customer.
Health and Safety Guidelines
The following COVID-19 health and safety orders are important to adhere to:
- Stock up on supplies to limit trips to the stores.
- Wash hands, according to CDC guidelines.
- Practice social distancing and follow your state’s stay-at-home orders
- Stop sharing joints, blunts, bongs, etc. The coronavirus can be spread through droplets from the nose or mouth of an infected individual to another by either inhaling the droplets or touching objects that were sneezed or coughed on. That’s why according to AmericanMarijuana.org’s study, 71.65% of participants stopped sharing vaping/smoking devices.
- Worried you’re showing symptoms? Use this Coronavirus Assessment Tool.
- Consult a medical professional in regards to any claims of “cures” or “remedies” for Coronavirus involving cannabis products or CBD oils.
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