Cannabis and Coronavirus
Karen Berger, PharmD, Medical Writer
My Facebook news feed is filled with articles and personal stories about the coronavirus. Every night, my kids ask me to read them the latest news and statistics about coronavirus. Talking about and preparing for the coronavirus seems to have taken over everyone’s lives.
Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced, “In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled.
There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.
Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals.
In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher.
WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.
We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”
I don’t remember much from my infectious disease class in pharmacy school, but ironically I do remember learning about pandemics, because they seemed so unreal, like one would never happen. So, what is a pandemic? While an epidemic is when a disease strikes a community or several communities, a pandemic is an epidemic that spreads all over the world. Literally, from the Greek translation, pan means all, and demos means people. ALL PEOPLE can be affected. This is scary. I am scared. My kids are scared. My husband is just upset that he can’t watch my daughter play basketball because the tournament has been canceled.
I am sad for the people everywhere that are suffering from coronavirus, I am sad for the situation in Italy I keep hearing about – it breaks my heart.
As of March 12, we are up to almost 135,000 cases and 5,000 deaths worldwide.
So, I guess I should bring this back to cannabis, because that is what I am supposed to be writing about. Because I can’t think about anything else but COVID-19 right now, let’s switch gears and talk about how coronavirus is affecting the cannabis world.
- Cannabis vape hardware: Most hardware for cannabis vape products comes from China – up to 95% comes from Shenzhen, China. With only 5 to 10% of products being made domestically, US manufacturers cannot keep up. When coronavirus started in Wuhan Province, China, in December 2019, factories stopped producing vape hardware. Now, factories have resumed production, but are not at full capacity – many workers are afraid to come to work because of the virus, or under quarantine. Delays are also expected in marijuana packaging, plastics and extraction and cultivation equipment.
- Events canceled: Many cannabis-related events have been postponed or canceled. Spannabis, a popular cannabis festival in Barcelona, Spain, has been postponed. Also postponed – CannaTech in Tel Aviv, Israel. Events in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Texas have been postponed or canceled.
Patients have been using cannabis for many years for anxiety and sleep, as well as many other conditions. Although cannabis won’t cure coronavirus, it can help you ease your fears and promote relaxation and sleep in this time of immense stress.
Be sure to reach out to your friends and neighbors, or emergency services if you need them. Follow these tips from the CDC to keep yourself safe. Make sure you have at least a two-week supply of your prescription medications as well as plenty of non-perishable food on hand.
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