Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available, it seems that we can survive this pandemic. However, since we are still in the early stages of vaccination, there are still many questions about it. Medical marijuana (MMJ) users may have other questions, such as Does marijuana affect the COVID vaccine? To learn more about the link between vaccination and MMJ, read on.
What is COVID 19 vaccine?
At first, you may be wondering what the COVID vaccine is. The vaccine is currently marketed by three different pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson). The first two brands require two vaccinations at three to four week intervals, while the third option requires only one vaccination. The vaccine is administered (just like a regular flu shot) in the arm by a doctor or pharmacist.
The vaccine was developed to protect humans from the coronavirus and has been subjected to extensive clinical trials to verify its safety. The vaccine is thought to be effective in 90-95% of people. This means that only a small percentage of people will contract the virus, even if they have been vaccinated. The vaccine is also valuable in the sense that it can help people who have contracted COVID prevent such a serious disease.
image by CDC on Unsplash : The COVID vaccination is an ideal way to prevent contracting the virus.
Does cannabis influence the effectiveness of vaccines?
At the time of writing, there is no comprehensive research on the effects of marijuana on vaccine effectiveness. Much more information is needed before doctors and researchers can make this decision. At this time, there are no clinical studies indicating that the use of MMJ products affects the efficacy of the vaccine.
Over the past year, research has been conducted on the use of marijuana in COVID. Results vary: Some researchers believe marijuana can help alleviate the symptoms of VaDOC, while others believe it can worsen symptoms in the later stages of VaDOC. Researchers seem to agree on one thing: Smoking cannabis can be dangerous at any age because it can weaken the lungs’ response to outside microbes (such as COVID).
If you are concerned about cannabis and COVID-19, it is best to use tinctures or edibles when inhaling. Conclusion: We don’t yet know if the vaccine is affected by cannabis use, but you probably don’t need to worry if you use MMJ products and get the vaccine. The vaccine should be just as effective.
Can patients with MMJ be vaccinated?
Currently, there are no restrictions on vaccination for MMJ patients. In fact, many MMJ users are excellent candidates for vaccination because they often have chronic diseases. In many states, people with a number of serious medical conditions are now eligible for the vaccine (including people with diabetes, lung disease, cancer, etc.) People who rely on MMJ products to relieve their physical symptoms are also likely to be eligible for the COVID vaccine.
What steps should a patient with MMW take to get vaccinated?
Since there is still a lot that is unknown at this point, it is best for your safety to take a few extra steps before getting vaccinated.
1. Find out if you are eligible for the vaccine in your state.
Each state has slightly different vaccines. Some states have already begun vaccinating the general population, while others (e.g., California) currently only vaccinate health care workers and essential personnel. Go to your state’s Department of Health website to find out if you are eligible to get the vaccine now. You will find information about when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
2. Call your doctor
If you are taking MMJ, you should consult your doctor before receiving the vaccine. They can help you with any questions you may have about cannabis safety and vaccination. Be sure to ask any questions you have, including about side effects or symptoms after vaccinations, so you have all the information you need to feel safe.
3. Make an appointment
Vaccine requirements vary from state to state. Information on how and when to make an appointment can be found on your state’s health department website, as described above. When making your appointment, read everything carefully so you know what to bring (usually ID and/or documents) to be ready to receive the vaccine at your appointment.
Clearly, more research is needed to learn more about the link between marijuana and vaccines. At this time, the best option is to ask your doctor and continue using MMJ products responsibly.