Advice for Cannabis Users During the Pandemic: Switch to Edibles
Even in survivors, COVID-19–the disease caused by the novel coronavirus—appears to do lasting damage to the lungs. Lung function is also an important risk factor for significant complications from the disease.
Some doctors are now recommending that cannabis users switch from smoking and vaping devices to edibles.
“Right now, we are facing a pandemic where SARS-CoV-2 attacks lung cells, preferentially in the lower respiratory tract. In my view, better to be safe than sorry, so I’d advise anyone who uses marijuana to switch to edibles, especially if they have underlying health conditions like respiratory problems (asthma, COPD), heart problems (hypertension, diabetes), or immune deficiencies,” Dr. Steffanie Strathdee told Leafly.
“It has been demonstrated that smoking marijuana damages airway epithelium, increases mucus production, and causes loss of ciliated epithelial cells,” Dr. Crotty Alexander added.
There is not enough research to explain how marijuana smoking compares to tobacco smoking in terms of complications from COVID-19. But experts say it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are so many great edibles out there to try.