ALA: Smoking weed raises the risk of COVID-19 complications


FILE – In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. A new federally funded study found, not surprisingly, that marijuana use in Washington state is up since pot became legal in 2014. The hard, or not-so-hard, evidence was in sewage samples. (AP Photo/Elaine […]

(WIAT & CNN) If you are bored or stressed by the coronavirus outbreak, experts from the American Lung Association say DON’T use marijuana to relax.

According to health experts, it increases your risk of experiencing complications from COVID-19.

Dr. Albert Rizzo, Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association, says that COVID-19 affects breathing and so does smoking marijuana.

He says the use of the drug causes inflammation, which is kind of like bronchitis. And if you get COVID-19 on top of that, it could be a major problem.

The American Lung Association says even occasional marijuana smoothing could cause issues. Health experts say it could confuse doctors who try to diagnose you.

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