People have been wondering if smoking Marijuana increases your chances of getting Coronavirus and medical experts are here to answer this frequently asked question.
Question: Can Smoking Marijuana Increase Your Chances of Getting the Coronavirus?
Answered by Pulmonologist Humberto Choi, MD: This is indeed a very good question. Here in the US, we have a lot of COVID-19 patients in hospitals under the age of 50. This rate is much higher than in other countries around the world and it is a major concern for the US. One of the main reasons is that more people in the US are vaping and smoking marijuana/tobacco. So one hypothesis is that smoking and vaping marijuana could be one of the reasons why young people are easily affected by Coronavirus.
He also said that our immune system is strong enough to protect us from airborne diseases and infections. But frequent use of Marijuana can greatly suppress our immune system and make our body vulnerable to such diseases and infections. So it is possible that smoking marijuana increases your chances of getting the Coronavirus.
Most of the people who vape use different techniques to intensely modify the vape products at home which results in a higher concentration of chemicals inside the vape. These higher concentrations are very hard to trace and could lead to many dangerous circumstances. We already know that smoking marijuana can significantly increase the risk of certain lung infections and diseases such as fungal infections.
In conclusion, your lungs need fresh air to work properly but if you’re constantly inhaling a substance that contains substances such as CBD or THC then your body is at risk. If you’re using marijuana for medical purposes then avoid smoking marijuana and find some other way to get your daily dose.
If you’re smoking marijuana in these times then it could definitely increase your chances of catching Coronavirus so it’s better to avoid smoking marijuana for the time being.
Prevention is better than Cure!