Hey everyone I’m Christine Sclafani for TNM NEWS.

COVID-19 has taken over the United States with more than 500,000 known cases and over 20,000 deaths making us the worldwide leader of Coronavirus cases. Many officials and legislators are attempting to flatten the curve by putting into effect closures of non-essential businesses and demanding that citizens stay home to help minimize the spread. Many industries are struggling with new guidelines and rules they have to follow, including, of course, the cannabis industry.

In many of the states that are enforcing a non-essential lockdown, cannabis businesses have been deemed essential allowing them to operate as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Dispensaries in Nevada are only allowing deliveries right now to prevent large groups of people gathering in storefronts. Other states are doing curbside delivery or only allowing less than 10 people into a store at once.

However, these limitations are not stopping cannabis buyers by any means, in fact, most stores are struggling to keep up with the demand. Not only dispensaries; both production and cultivation facilities are operating as well. With all that being said you have to ask the question, is it good to smoke cannabis if you have tested positive for COVID-19?

Coronavirus is a respiratory infection so putting any form of smoke into your body is most likely not going to help, but there is no definitive answer if cannabis helps or hurts the infection.

Some may say smoking cannabis isn’t the best choice of medicine because COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, and honestly they may not be wrong. But the true answer to this question is unknown.

Smoking anything does cause airway irritation and is associated with increased risks of bronchitis. Bronchitis is a more common side effect of smoking and causes inflammation of the bodies airways. Cannabis smoke can cause irritation to the body but again, it is unclear whether smoking cannabis hurts or helps in regards to COVID-19.

Smoking cigarettes on the other hand can be a real danger for someone who has developed COVID-19. People who smoke cigarettes are more likely to have complications with the virus opposed to nonsmokers. So in a nutshell, there are many options out there if you are worried about smoking during these times. So put your mind at ease and try some edibles, tinctures, capsules or many of the other unique ways to consume cannabis. But most importantly – Stay home, Stay safe and stay lifted.

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