APR 07, 2020 9:35 AM PDT

Researchers to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Marijuana Patients

WRITTEN BY: Annie Lennon

Users of medical marijuana are facing delays in receiving their medicines due to disrupted supply chains from the coronavirus crisis. Making them vulnerable  as a group impacted by the virus, researchers from the University of Miami School of Nursing have announced a preliminary study to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on patients prescribed with medical marijuana.

For the study, the researchers launched an anonymous electronic survey (you can take it here) to record the experiences of those using medical marijuana. Taking between five and ten minutes to complete, all answers will be kept strictly confidential.

In particular, the researchers hope to gather information from patients using medical marijuana regarding their mental and physical health, as well as changes in the frequency of their use, dosage and administrative method of the substance. They are especially hoping to find out whether usage of the substance has changed due to COVID-19 closures and updates.

On top of this, the researchers hope to receive information on sharing habits of inhaled cannabis products such as joints and vapes. This data may then be used to help them the scientific community map how the usage of cannabis has, and is able to, spread the virus. 

“The global qualifying conditions for medical cannabis, though not uniform, all include individuals with compromised immune systems and other chronic health conditions.” said Denise C Vidot, assistant professor lead author of the preliminary study. “Therefore, this is a population that we cannot forget about in our joint effort to ‘flatten the curve.” 

“If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that population-based data is vital to make informed decisions. My team and I understand that the plural of anecdote is not data. So, we are combining our skills to do our part to provide that data. Our goal is to have cannabis users from every country complete this survey, so the data is more generalisable.”

The announcement of this preliminary study comes weeks after health officials across two-dozen states in the US passed emergency laws to ensure that state-qualified medical marijuana patients would be able to have uninterrupted access to cannabis products. 

 

Sources: Miami University, NORML, Health Europa 

 

About the Author
  • Science writer with keen interests in technology and behavioral biology. Her current focus is on the interplay between these fields to create meaningful interactions, applications and environments.
You May Also Like
DEC 04, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
DEC 04, 2019
Is Cannabis Helping America Sleep?
Researchers find cannabis is being used as a sleep-aid in Colorado. Many Americans struggle with sleep disturbances -- s ...
FEB 05, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
FEB 05, 2020
Should You Be Using Marijuana While Pregnant? Researchers Weigh In
Recreational marijuana use becomes increasingly common as legalization spreads across the country. That includes women w ...
FEB 12, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
FEB 12, 2020
Smoking Marijuana Leads to False Memory Formation
Smoking marijuana is known to make people forgetful. Now however, research has shown that smoking the substance may also ...
MAR 27, 2020
Health & Medicine
MAR 27, 2020
Possible Link Between Marijuana Use and Heart Health
Research presented in a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that 2. ...
APR 21, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
APR 21, 2020
Is CBD Effective Against Women's Health Issues?
Products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are increasingly known as a natural and effective way to handle a wide range of wo ...
APR 26, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
APR 26, 2020
History of Cannabis Dependence Goes Hand in Hand with Poor Mental Health
As legal restrictions loosen around the recreational use of cannabis, researchers are becoming increasingly concerned ab ...
Loading Comments...