Retailers have reported a significant shift from smoking and vaping cannabis to consuming edibles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Californian delivery service Eaze said that edibles now account for 30% of all sales, up from 15% a few weeks ago. Sales of bud and vapes have decreased accordingly.
Sites like Weedmaps tell a similar story, as consumers seek consumption options that place less strain on their lungs.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19, which makes it difficult for people to breathe when it infects them. A Chinese medical journal reported that smokers experienced more severe symptoms than non-smokers after contracting the coronavirus.
That has inspired many cannabis users to switch to edibles or tinctures in order to eliminate any stress on the lungs. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is among the trade groups urging people to avoid smoking and explore alternate ingestion methods.
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