4/20 Power Talk - Joe Eberstein discusses youth marijuana use!

On 4/20 this year, tune into #PowerTalk21 to listen to certified drug prevention specialist; Joe Eberstein from the San Diego County Marijuana Prevention Initiative. Click here for Facebook pre-recorded interview for event information .

Does marijuana use heighten coronavirus risk?

Any substance that is combusted and then inhaled exposes the airways and the lungs to particles and toxins that lead to some degree of airway inflammation, similar to inflammation that may be seen in those with chronic asthma or COPD. Those two patient groups have been shown to have an increased risk of complications from COVID-19, so it would suggest to me that cannabis smokers, like cigarette smokers, may have the potential for more complications if they get infected.

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Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome Prevalent Among Regular Users

Cannabis withdrawal syndrome was prevalent among regular cannabis users, according to new study findings.

The findings highlighted that clinicians must be aware of the high prevalence of cannabis withdrawal syndrome to counsel patients and support those reducing their use of the substance.

NIDA Director outlines potential risks to people who smoke and use drugs during COVID-19 pandemic

The precarious intersection of the COVID-19 national health emergency and the concurrent epidemic of drug overdose deaths is outlined in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Volkow discusses how the serious health risks of COVID-19 pose unique challenges to people who smoke or vape, are already struggling with substance use disorders (SUD), or are in recovery from addiction. 

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Marijuana Shouldn’t Be an Essential Business Amid a Respiratory Pandemic

From a public health standpoint, why is pot deemed an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic?

After all, there is still much we don’t know about the new coronavirus. The virus causing COVID-19 attacks the lungs, which could present a serious threat to individuals who smoke marijuana. And we do know that marijuana smoke and vaping open the lungs up to increased respiratory infections.

To view Times of San Diego article, click here.