There are all kinds of reports regarding new breakthrough covid cases, and this time; experts are bringing in the heavy artillery as a subject – smoking pot. Check out the latest reports about the issue.
Smoking marijuana and covid
It’s been just revealed that heavy marijuana users who are also vaccinated may be more susceptible to breakthrough cases of covid-19, a new study found.
The New York Post mentioned this study which was published last Tuesday in World Psychology.
According to the latest data, the study found that those with a substance use disorder (SUD) (“a dependence on marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, opioids and tobacco” ) were more likely to contract the coronavirus after receiving both of their vaccination shots.
It’s also been revealed that people without a SUD saw a 3.6% rate of breakthrough infections, compared to a 7% rate in those with a SUD.
At 7.8%, those with marijuana use disorder were most at risk for breakthrough infections, according to the same study.
When can the risk disappear
Among other substances, the risk disappeared when considering issues such as underlying health conditions and socioeconomic status, the online publication notes.
The difference has not been linked directly to marijuana use but on the other hand, it could be linked to the behavior of those dependent on marijuana.
Check out what the researchers wrote:
“Patients with cannabis use disorder, who were younger and had less comorbidities than the other SUD subtypes, had higher risk for breakthrough infection even after they were matched for adverse socioeconomic determinants of health and comorbid medical conditions with non-SUD patients.”
The experts continued and said the following:
“Additional variables, such as behavioral factors or adverse effects of cannabis on pulmonary and immune function, could contribute to the higher risk for breakthrough infection in this group.”
On the other hand, it’s also important to note the fact that marijuana advocates said the study did not show that marijuana could be a cause in breakthrough covid cases.
More than that, they also noted that most marijuana users are not dependent on the drug.
“This study is limited to people with ‘substance use disorder’ which is a very small subset of cannabis consumers.”
This is what Morgan Fox, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association, told Newsweek.