Marijuana users could be more susceptible to breakthrough COVID cases, study finds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new study suggests that if you use marijuana, you could be more likely to catch the coronavirus even if you’re vaccinated.

But one Memphis woman told FOX13 the study doesn’t have her quite convinced.

“Weed is good for you,” Yvonne Dukes told FOX13. “It’s good for your skin, everything.”

This Memphis senior said she is not buying the results of the study we shared with her.

The 71-year-old told FOX13 she smokes marijuana.

“[It] takes care of my aches and pains,” she said.

The study, published last week in World Psychiatry, found that those with a substance use disorder — a dependence on marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, opioids, and tobacco — were more likely to get COVID after receiving both of their vaccination shots.

“There’s a lot of statistical noise in this,” Dr. Steve Threlkeld told FOX13.

Dr. Threlkeld is one of the leading infectious disease specialists with Baptist Memorial Healthcare. FOX13 asked him about the study.

“It could be, for example, with the younger group that was indicative of the marijuana group, they could have more of a tendency to get together in larger numbers in small rooms,” he said. “That may account for it compared to a cocaine user or some other substance abuse,”

FOX13 asked Dukes if she believed the study’s findings.

“I don’t believe anything unless I see it for myself,” she said.

But she did reveal this to us: “I cut off my weed usage,” she said. “It’s been cut off for about a month.”

The self-proclaimed weed user said it all came down to one thing.

“My heart,” she said. “It’s good for your skin. My heart is a different story.”

Dukes told FOX13 she is vaccinated.

Dr. Threlkeld said, like everyone else, marijuana users should get their vaccinations.