Cannabis users encouraged to take a break over lockdown period due to COVID-19 health risks

first_imgNewsHub 31 March 2020Family First Comment: The health risks were already there before the coronavirus! Users are now just more at risk. Time to go DrugFree – for health’s sake.Stoners are being told to ease up on the weed over the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, with scientists saying the health risks are significant.Dr Marta Rychert, a senior research officer at Massey University’s SHORE and Whariki Research Centre says around five percent of New Zealand’s population uses cannabis as medication.“People who self-medicate with cannabis are the most vulnerable in the terms of COVID-19,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.“They are older than recreational users and often suffer from multiple health problems.”A recent survey by SHORE showed the most popular way to use marijuana was to smoke it.“Smoking presents unique risks in the context of COVID-19 due to the impacts on lung function.”People who self medicate using oils or tinctures will not suffer the same ill effects.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/03/cannabis-users-encouraged-to-take-a-break-over-lockdown-period-due-to-covid-19-health-risks.htmllast_img read more