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Coronavirus: Medical cannabis access eased amid lockdownThe global COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives and disrupted our routines. Restrictions on movement and social distancing protocols have been imposed and the rules surrounding medical cannabis access have been no exception.

To ease the burden for medical cannabis patients during this period of lockdown, some countries and states have relaxed their medical cannabis laws to provide greater access to the drug.

1. Countries that have relaxed access to medical cannabis

Many nations have seen a drop in patient visits to their local doctors, which has led to a decrease in demand for medical cannabis.

As a result, some countries have taken the opportunity to extend access to medical cannabis to those who may not have had access before. Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, and the United States are among the countries that have relaxed access to medical cannabis in light of the pandemic.

These nations are taking active steps to ensure that those who need medical cannabis can access it with as little disruption to their lives as possible.

2. Benefits to medical cannabis during the pandemic

The pandemic has caused some unintended but welcome consequences for medical cannabis. As people have been forced to stay home, many countries have relaxed regulations on the access, sale, and use of cannabis for medical purposes. This has enabled more people to access medical cannabis and to benefit from its therapeutic effects.

In addition, the pandemic has allowed researchers to conduct more studies on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, as social-distancing measures have freed up resources for research. This has led to an increase in the number of studies being conducted and published on the potential health benefits of cannabis, which could lead to even more access in the future.

3. Resources for medical cannabis access during the lockdown

With many states across the country implementing stay-at-home orders due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many medical cannabis patients have found it difficult to access their medicine. Fortunately, some states have relaxed their restrictions, making it easier for patients to obtain their medicine. Here are three great resources for medical cannabis access during the lockdown:

  1. Delivery services: Many medical cannabis delivery services have adapted their operations to comply with the stay-at-home orders. These services allow patients to order their medicine online or over the phone and have it delivered right to their door.
  1. Telemedicine services: Many medical cannabis clinics are now offering telemedicine services, allowing patients to consult with their doctor remotely. This allows patients to obtain a medical cannabis recommendation without leaving the safety of their home.
  1. Retail stores: Some states have allowed medical cannabis dispensaries to stay open while other businesses have been forced to close. This has enabled patients to access their medicine during the lockdown period.

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