You might be wondering if there is any correlation between smoking the occasional joint, and your chances of being infected. According to a recent study, there’s a good chance that it’s not a good choice. Smoking Marijuana will not help.
Chief Medical Officer of the American Lung Association, Dr. Albert Rizzo, said;
“What happens to your airways when you smoke cannabis is that it causes some degree of inflammation, very similar to bronchitis, very similar to the type of inflammation that cigarette smoking can cause. Now you have some airway inflammation and you get an infection on top of it. So, yes, your chance of getting more complications is there.”
There are multiple factors to be aware of. Rather obviously, regular or daily users of Marijuana are at the highest risk. Due to the fact that consistent usage of the drug will cause lung damage, very similar to COPD or Bronchitis.
Suppose that maybe you just started smoking in order to calm yourself down or just for giggles. Well, you’re still introducing a problematic variable to your diagnosis. If you start coughing heavily, or possess similar symptoms to COVID, you’re increasing the difficulty to be diagnosed correctly.
Not convinced? Well, don’t worry because Dr. Mitchell Glass made it even clearer why there is an increased risk for Marijauna smokers.
“Marijuana burns at a much, much lower temperature than a commercially made cigarette. Because of that, the person is inhaling a certain amount of unburnt plant material.”
Dr. Mitchell Glass
Ultimately what this comes down to is that we need to be more actively aware of how we’re treating our bodies. Particularly in terms of activities and substances that cause distress and overworking of the lungs. While you aren’t exactly playing with death or anything, you are still increasing that chance that things may not work out well.
And if you have a good immune system, which is the best tool against COVID, then why do anything that compromises it? Make the smart decision and just wait it out for a while.