Article by Maria Loreto, The Fresh Toast via Growth Op
The pandemic has made different U.S. states question what constitutes an essential business, with many allowing cannabis dispensaries to continue to operate. A lot of these businesses reported an increase in sales once the shelter-in-place orders were announced, claiming that some costumers prioritized edibles.
Eaze, a cannabis delivery company that operates in California, reports that there’s been a 30 per cent increase in edible sales. Sales of flower and vapes have decreased from 25 per cent to 17 per cent, and 33 per cent to 25 per cent, respectively.
While this change might be temporary due to how easy it is to store edibles and to people’s fears of harming the health of their lungs, it’s one that makes a lot of sense in the long term. Experts believe that once quarantine ends, people should remain vigilant of the coronavirus, taking the necessary sanitary measures and keeping an eye on their health.
Although there’s been no reported link between getting the coronavirus and cannabis use, doctors claim that any harm that occurs to the lungs can increase the odds of developing strong symptoms if COVID-19 is contracted.
“Based on prior studies with other pulmonary infections, both bacterial and viral, it is highly likely that cigarette smoking and vaping will increase the risk of coronavirus pneumonia and increase its severity, though we don’t know to what extent,” Dr. Michael Matthay told the San Francisco Gate.