Can I Consume MMJ On The Day Of My COVID Jab?

Millions of medical marijuana patients are about to receive their COVID vaccine. COVID is still a relatively new disease, and receiving a vaccination will be a novel experience for many people.

Unsurprisingly, medical cannabis patients have plenty of questions about MMJ and the COVID vaccine, such as… Can I consume medical marijuana on the day of my COVID jab? Does medical marijuana help with COVID vaccine anxiety? Is smoking MMJ before getting my COVID vaccine OK? Which is the most COVID-safe MMJ dosing method?

Today we’ll answer all these questions and more.

Medical Marijuana Smokers And COVID

The COVID pandemic has radically changed the day-to-day life experience of many MMJ patients. Most medical marijuana patients, and most Americans in general, have seen their work and living situations change during the pandemic. Buying medical marijuana has been a different experience for many patients, with dispensary opening hours changing and home delivery becoming more popular.

Now that the COVID vaccines are rolling out, MMJ patients are wondering if medical marijuana will interfere with the efficacy of the jab.

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Can I Consume Medical Marijuana On The Day Of My COVID Jab?

There is no evidence to suggest that medical marijuana interferes with the efficacy of the COVID vaccine. So, in general, there is no problem with consuming MMJ on the day of your COVID jab.

Does Medical Marijuana Help With COVID Vaccine Anxiety?

Some people are feeling quite anxious about getting a COVID vaccine. Some may be wary of the vaccine itself, while others are anxious about needles. Certain strains of medical marijuana can be used to treat anxiety and calm the nerves.

Medical Marijuana And Pain Relief

Some MMJ patients suffer from chronic pain, and for this reason, getting to the vaccine center could be difficult. MMJ is highly effective at treating chronic pain, so those who use it may not be able to get to the vaccine center without dosing with MMJ.

Is Smoking MMJ Before Getting My COVID Vaccine OK?

Smoking has been shown to increase people’s chances of getting respiratory illnesses such as COVID, so smoking MMJ is not the most COVID-safe form of dosing. However, there is no evidence that suggests that smoking MMJ before getting your COVID vaccine interferes with its efficacy.

Can I Dose With Medical Marijuana And Drive?

One important factor to take into account is that medical marijuana impairs driving and reduces your ability to drive safely. So if you are driving to and from the vaccination center, you should not dose with MMJ until you arrive home.

Can I Take Pain Medication Before The COVID Vaccine?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you do not take pain medications before getting your COVID-19 vaccine because it may result in a decrease in the antibody response. It is fine to take a painkiller after having the jab.

Who Should Not Get The COVID-19 Vaccine?

The COVID vaccine is safe for everybody apart from people with specific allergies. People with a severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not get it. People with a severe allergic reaction to any vaccine or injectable medication should consult with their doctor before the COVID-19 vaccine.

Are Medical Marijuana Smokers More Susceptible To COVID?

Smokers in general, including MMJ smokers, are more susceptible to respiratory illnesses such as COVID. Several studies have shown that smokers have a higher risk of getting COVID-19.

What Are The Different Medical Marijuana Dosing Methods?

Medical marijuana has several effective dosing methods apart from smoking. If you wish to change how you dose to avoid increasing your COVID risk, you could try:

  • Vaping
  • MMJ-infused edibles
  • MMJ-infused teas and drinks
  • Topical rubs, lotions, oils
  • Tinctures
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Which Is The Most COVID-Safe MMJ Dosing Method?

Smoking is the least COVID-safe (and most unhealthy in general) method of dosing with MMJ. All of the other medical marijuana dosing methods are more COVID-safe and healthy in general.

How Can I Get A Medical Marijuana Card?

Medical marijuana can be used to treat a large array of medical conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms

The best way to get a medical marijuana card is to visit the MMJRecs online clinic. Here you will have a consultation with an MMJ doctor in your state. Once they have verified your suitability for MMJ treatment, you will immediately be emailed a legal medical marijuana physician certification form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Vaccinations And MMJ: All You Need To Know

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, it’s starting to feel like we just might make it to the other side of this pandemic. But because we’re still in the early stages of getting people vaccinated, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the vaccine. Medical marijuana (MMJ) users may have even more questions, including “Does marijuana affect the COVID vaccine?” To find out more about the connection between vaccinations and MMJ, read on.

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

First off, you might be wondering what the COVID vaccine is. The vaccine is currently being distributed by three different drug companies (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). The first two vaccine brands require two shots either three or four weeks apart, while the third option is one shot only. The shots are administered in your arm (just like a regular flu shot) by a medical professional or pharmacy worker.

The vaccine was designed to protect people from the coronavirus and went through extensive clinical trials to test its safety. It’s believed that the vaccine is effective in up to 90–95% of people. This means that only a small percentage of individuals would end up still contracting the virus even though they’ve been vaccinated. The vaccine is also valuable in that it can help people who do contract COVID to avoid becoming as severely sick from it.

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Does cannabis affect vaccination effectiveness?

At the time of writing, there have not been extensive studies into the influence of marijuana on vaccine effectiveness. Much more information needs to be gathered before doctors and researchers can make that determination. At this point, there are no clinical studies that indicate that using MMJ products will make the vaccine less effective.

During the past year, there has been some research conducted on using marijuana while suffering from COVID. The findings vary: some researchers believe that marijuana might actually help with symptoms of COVID, while others believe that it could worsen symptoms in late-stage COVID. One thing researchers seem to agree on: smoking cannabis could be detrimental at any age because it can weaken the lungs’ response to outside germs (like COVID).

If you’re worried about cannabis and COVID-19, your best bet is to use edibles or tinctures when imbibing. Bottom line: we don’t yet know if the vaccine is affected by cannabis usage, but it’s likely you’ll be fine if you’re using MMJ products and you get vaccinated. It’s assumed the vaccine will be just as effective.

Can MMJ patients get vaccinated?

Right now, there are no restrictions on MMJ patients getting vaccinated. In fact, many MMJ users make great vaccine candidates because they often suffer from chronic illnesses. In many states, individuals with a variety of serious conditions are now eligible for vaccines (including folks with diabetes, lung conditions, cancer, etc.) People who rely on MMJ products to relieve physical symptoms are likely to also be eligible for the COVID vaccine.

What steps should you take as an MMJ patient to get vaccinated?

Because there are still a lot of unknowns at this time, your best bet is to take some extra steps before you get vaccinated to ensure your safety.

1. Research whether you’re eligible for the vaccine in your state

Every state is doing the vaccine rollout a little differently. Some states have already started vaccinating their general population, while others (like California) are only vaccinating health care and essential workers at this time. In order to tell whether you’re eligible for a vaccine right now, head to your specific state’s health department website. There you’ll find information about when it will be your turn to get vaccinated.

2. Call your doctor

If you’re an MMJ user, it’s a good idea to contact your doctor before you get vaccinated. They can help answer any questions you might have about the safety of using cannabis and getting vaccinated. Make sure to ask anything you might be wondering about, including post-vaccine side effects or symptoms, so you’ll have all of the information you need to feel safe.

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3. Make an appointment

Different states are handling vaccine appointments in various ways. You should be able to find information about how and when to make an appointment by heading to your state’s health department website, as mentioned above. When making the appointment, read through everything to see what you’ll need to bring with you (typically ID and/or documentation) so that you’ll be all set to get your vaccine at your appointed time.

There are obviously still more studies that need to be conducted so that we know more about the connection between MMJ and vaccines. At this time, the best option is to ask your doctor about it and continue to use your MMJ products responsibly.

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