Would Dosing with MMJ Affect the COVID Vaccine?
The COVID-19 pandemic is still in effect after it started early last year. The number has steadily increased, and at the time of writing, over 107 million people have contracted the virus, with 2.3 million losing their lives. In the past few months, with the development of a vaccine, some light has finally come to the end of a long and scary COVID tunnel. The vaccine is designed to protect people from the virus in certain ways so that the world can return to normal.
The development of the COVID vaccine has raised some questions when it comes to pre-existing health conditions and other drugs. Those who have had severe allergies to any ingredient or ingredient in the newly developed Pfizer vaccine in the past are the only ones classified as unable, and not much has been said about other health conditions. What does this mean for medical marijuana users? Would giving MMJ affect the COVID vaccine? Let’s find out.
Does cannabis affect the COVID vaccine?
Many people who use medical marijuana to treat a chronic condition may wonder whether their medication will affect the COVID-19 vaccine, or vice versa. Unfortunately, there is limited, if any, information about the effects MMJ has on the vaccine.
Since there are no known interactions between the COVID-19 vaccine and cannabis use, it can be assumed that the two are not seriously reacting to each other. Depending on your condition, it may be a good idea to speak to your doctor before getting the COVID vaccine.
Image by CDC on Unsplash: There is no evidence that medical marijuana affects the COVID-19 vaccine.
Should I stop taking MMJ to get the COVID vaccine?
Since there are no known interactions between medical marijuana and the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine, there would be no need to stop taking MMJ to receive the COVID vaccine. The vaccine provides your body with a specific protein that is supposed to be registered as a virus. This then triggers an immune response in which COVID-specific antibodies can be generated. These antibodies stay in the body to fight off infection or illness from COVID-19 when you encounter the virus after widespread vaccination and when security measures are relaxed.
One thing to consider when using medical marijuana if you want to get the COVID-19 vaccine is how well your immune system is working, and whether or not the MMJ might weaken it. For the vaccine to work properly, the immune system needs to be able to respond to it properly. Some studies suggest that marijuana has the ability to suppress immune activity, which in theory could reduce the effects of the vaccine.
Smoking and COVID vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t give the virus to anyone. What is used in the vaccine is a kind of blueprint of the virus so that the body can make antibodies based on information it receives through mRNA. This means that smoking medical marijuana and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are unlikely to cause any adverse effects.
However, smoking hinders the immune system, which can lead to suppression of immune function. People with compromised immune function may not be able to develop as many antibodies as their healthy counterparts, which could affect the effectiveness of the vaccine. However, this is not final, and unless you are on the strict no-go list for the vaccine, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about receiving it.
Image by CrystalWeed Cannabis on Unsplash: Since smoking marijuana can affect immune function, switching dosing methods can be a good option for those looking to receive the vaccine.
How to ensure the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine for MMJ users
If you are ready to receive the vaccine, you should switch your dosing method to something other than smoking. Smoking medical marijuana can be detrimental to your lungs. All types of smoke contain carcinogens and toxins that are released when burned. When you inhale this smoke, these substances get into your lungs. There are many alternative ways to dose MMJ such as: B. foods, topical ointments and creams, oils and patches.
Since you are using medical marijuana for a disease, keeping an eye on the dosage is also important so that you are the healthiest while taking the vaccine. This ensures that it is working as it should and that you will continue to experience health relief while being protected from this dangerous virus.
Selected image by Markus Spiske on Unsplash