Although there are no studies to confirm the specific contagion with coronavirus, previous studies warn that cannabis smokers are more prone to catch a similar virus. Giving that COVID-19’s final redoubt in the lungs, the conclusions of those studies apply to it too, as reported in an article on Mirror.
“People who smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke are more susceptible to getting sick,” said Dr. Stanton Glantz from the UCSF Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education. So, it isn’t just the active smokers that are exposed, but those that live around them and become passive smokers too.
Cannabis Smokers Have Weaker Immune System, Some Specialists Warn
Cannabis smokers might feel that they aren’t as exposed as tobacco smokers, but they’d be wrong. “If you look at cannabis smoke and compare it to tobacco smoke, it’s not that different,” said Dr. Glantz.
It isn’t the smoking itself that creates the risk, but the damage it causes to the immune system. And the immune system is everything we have for now to protect us from getting infected or surviving if we do. With a depressed immune system from either nicotine in tobacco or THC in cannabis, the body might not make it.
It might be a good time to give up the habit. Being a recreational drug use, giving up might prove to be even harder to do it in such a stressful situation. But those that can find the resilience to do it should try and do it.
Cannabis Smokers vs. COVID-19
By inhaling THC in cannabis, chemical reactions are being triggered in the brain, similar to naturally occurring endorphins and dopamine. Thus the pleasure sensation it gives. The trip has three stages of psychoactive effects.
The first stage is relaxation and euphoria. Secondary effects are the facility for philosophical thinking, introspection, and metacognition, often consistent with anxiety and paranoia. And it all ends in a hunger sensation.
There is also a fourth stage: vascular stenosis, lung cancer, heart attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and affected immune-inflammatory processes that increase the susceptibility to infections — such as the infection with coronavirus. Experts warned, accordingly, that cannabis smokers are prone to COVID-19-related complications.