Have you been prescribed medical cannabis to treat an illness but are concerned about potential adverse interactions with your COVID-19 shot? If so, don’t worry. This article will set your mind at ease. It will explain how you can take your shot without compromising its effects. Though, it is recommended that you consult your physician before making any changes to your CBD treatment. For more information on cannabis treatment and the COVID-19 vaccine might interact, read this article compiled by Medical Marijuana Doctors.
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Though a majority of research on cannabis has been positive, very few studies have been conducted on how it interacts with the COVID-19 vaccine. Those that have were inconclusive. Until more research is conducted on the subject, it’s best to consult your physician before changing your treatment regimen.
Cannabis experts urge patients not to consume cannabis before getting vaccinated for the COVID virus. The reason for this is that cannabis is known to impact cognitive functions, so if your cannabis consumption is too recent, it could affect your ability to remain attentive during the appointment while they take your consent before giving you the vaccine.
Though it is encouraging for you to know that so far, there are no reported cases of interaction between cannabis and the COVID-19 vaccine, a lot remains unknown.
Other Factors May Need To Be Considered
Many medical cannabis experts are not particularly concerned about the interaction between the COVID-19 vaccine and cannabis consumption; the concern is elsewhere. For instance, when Frank Lucido, a medical cannabis expert, was consulted to give his insights on COVID-19-cannabis interaction, he said there is little cause for alarm on their interaction so far. However, his concern was more on the effect that cannabis consumption could have on the lungs and ensuing ventilation challenges should a patient suffer the disease.
Keeping To A Routine
According to specialists, if you are new to marijuana or have recently gotten your COVID-19 vaccination, you should wait 24 hours before beginning any cannabinoid therapy program. When it comes to cannabis, it is understood that cannabinoids can remain in a user’s system for 5-13 days. However, for people who need to use it daily, no harmful interactions with the COVID-19 vaccine have so far been observed, though you are advised to take it in consultation with your physician.
There have been a lot of questions about whether or not people who use high doses of CBD, say 100 milligrams and over of CBD, should cut back on their dose when getting vaccinated. The answer is not clear-cut, but there are some things to consider. There have been no studies that show that cannabis use makes the body’s immune response less effective after a vaccine. However, if you’re concerned about it, cutting down your cannabis during vaccination time should do the trick– Though a doctor should monitor the situation.
However, a recent CDC report recommends that people who have been recently vaccinated for COVID-19 should speak with their doctor about using over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen for vaccine side effects. As non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), these medications may induce a decline in protective antibodies, making you more prone to infection.
However, cannabis does not seem to have any impact on the immune response. This is contrary to the uneasiness some people have because it is known that cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties and so could potentially reduce immune responses in your body.
In spite of the growing concern on the possible cannabis-COVID-19 vaccine interaction some states in an effort to get more people vaccinated, have begun offering cannabis-based promotions. One such promotion is called ‘Snax for Vaxx’ in the state of Arizona. This program aims to encourage people to take the COVID-19 shot by collaborating with local pharmacies and incentivizing those taking the vaccine with free cannabis edibles and joints. A similar program in Washington coined as Joints for Jabs offers people who have taken the COVID-19 jab a pre-rolled joint at any of the state-licensed dispensaries.
Therefore, there are no known studies showing an interaction between the COVID-19 vaccine and Cannabis treatments, but to be safe, you should talk to your doctor before taking any cannabis while also receiving a vaccination. If you’re concerned about potential interactions or want help figuring out what’s best for your situation–let us know!