The year 2020 will probably go down in history as one of the strangest years in the modern age. Yes, that includes both World Wars and everything in between. You may have already guessed why. The preamble will hence come across as unnecessary then that it turns out many have turned to cannabis because of COVID-19. This deadly pandemic led to world-wide economic collapse, hundreds of thousands of fatalities and lock-downs. Not surprisingly, cannabis rapidly became a favorite coping mechanism for many.
In the US, recreational cannabis is an open secret in many places. Unless you live in a handful of progressive states, odds are the cannabis you use comes from illegal sources. We’re not here to judge. However, it seems astonishing that in the past 7 months, the nation’s cannabis industry scored surprisingly well for itself despite the odds.
The pandemic had a marked impact on the lives of most people’s habits
Even the biggest self-proclaimed extrovert must admit that the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on life. Public gatherings, meeting places, restaurants, clubs, bars and social events in general became banned. Most work environments, those that weren’t designated ‘essential‘, kept employees at home. Hence, it became increasingly common to hear about boredom, frustration and loneliness. Video-chat platforms like Zoom became the new norm of communication.
To kill time, and grapple with unfamiliar emotions like anxiety and purposelessness, many turned to hobbies. For some, this ranged from baking, to woodwork, to video games. And for some, that became recreational cannabis. Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike flocked to dispensaries right before lock-down’s imposition. Unsure of when they would regain access to the drug, they rushed to buy up stores. And unbeknownst at the time, cannabis dispensaries would soon gain the ‘essential’ status, to keep operating.
The biggest factor behind the success of cannabis in the pandemic lies behind its appeal
Cannabis is not like other recreational drugs. When taken correctly, there are little to know repercussions. It does not cause major hangovers, and overdosing to death doesn’t happen. Also, it has few negative effects on the user’s health. It actually carries several health benefits, especially when used to treat anxiety, PTSD, depression, cancers and even arthritis!
What the main selling point for cannabis is involves its convenience, especially in states with legal and regulated retailers. Simply go to the store, purchase it and consume it in any manner desired. This could be in the form of edibles, inhaled or as oils. For many users trapped indoors with nothing else to do, the feeling of sensory escape from the comfort of home proved irresistible.
Some folks seriously believe marijuana holds a cure for COVID-19, but research shows some merit to this
A virus is a virus. It needs very specific factors to kill. These range from strong alcohol-based hand sanitizers, to the body’s own natural antibodies. Coronavirus is no exception to this. Suggesting that smoking cannabis would somehow “cure” COVID-19 is erroneous and harmful. There is no way that this is possible.
However, recent studies all indicate that cannabis may indeed be suitable as a treatment for the disease. Many new investigations into the body’s endocannabinoid system hope that the CBD and THC present in weed have use. These substances could potentially alter the body’s physiology to prevent the coronavirus from even infecting someone. As it stands, much work and time need to pass before anything comes from this theory though.