Cannabis and COVID-19
People have been experiencing increased fear, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep.
When you’re stressed out or anxious, one of the most common things to be negatively affected is your sleep. Whether this means strange, vivid dreams, a shift in your sleep schedule or sudden insomnia, your quality of sleep has likely been affected by the pandemic.
In recent weeks, the internet and other news outlets have reported a spike in strange dreams and people who can’t settle down to sleep for their usual eight hours. Psychologists think that fears and anxiety triggered by the coronavirus will have an impact on our quality of sleep.
Cannabis and sleep have a strong connection, particularly strains or products that have a high level of THC.
We know pot can help us sleep but can it help us prevent or cure COVID-19?
Preliminary research emerging from Canada indicates that certain strains of cannabis may increase resistance to the coronavirus. If the study can be verified, it would appear that cannabis works in a similar way to nicotine.
“The results on COVID-19 came from our studies on arthritis, Crohn’s disease, cancer, and others,” said Dr. Igor Kovalchuck, a professor of Biological Sciences. As with the current research into nicotine’s effect on the coronavirus, it is thought that perhaps some strains of cannabis reduce the virus’ ability to enter the lungs.
All that aside, for the second month in a row, New Mexicans have found a way to cope with the stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They purchased legal cannabis in record numbers in April and March. Sales of cannabis were almost double compared to the same time last year.
During a press conference last week, Gov. Lujan – Grisham was asked what her plan is to address the financial uncertainty that’s emerged amid the COVID pandemic. She said recovery efforts will largely involve coordination with oil and gas companies that account for a sizable share of the state budget, but she also regretted that legislators were unable to approve cannabis legalization, which would’ve represented another source of income for the state.
“If there was ever a time for wishful thinking, I wish we had passed recreational cannabis because that would be $100 million” in tax revenue,” the governor said, though she also acknowledged that the estimate was made “before COVID-19.”
There’s no doubt cannabis can help us get through this crisis, and if you have a medical marijuana card you are in luck. And if you don’t – well Southwest Wellness can help you get one!
Southwest Wellness is at the forefront of Cannabis Culture in New Mexico, with their grow and dispensary in Taos, their stores in Albuquerque, and now a new offering in our beautiful capital city of Santa Fe! Located at 1829 Cerrillos Rd.
Opening very soon, keep checking their site.
For more on Southwest Wellness, visit them online or at all of their other locations.
Southwest Wellness in Taos is located at 1023 Salazar Rd with a new (additional) location coming soon to 925 Paseo del Pueblo Sur here in Taos. A new location in Santa Fe will open this Spring at 1829 Cerrillos Rd.
In Albuquerque, the 9132 Montgomery Blvd location has now been joined by two more: 2325 San Pedro Dr NE and 101 98th St SW.