As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to rise in Los Angeles, residents are stocking up on all necessary items, including cannabis.

Part of the increasing demand for weed is the need for people to chill out, with the hope that THC and CBD might help them keep their cool.

The other factor is that Angelanos are hoarding goods as they gear up for potential self quarantines or even a lockdown. Grocery stores are currently looking bare, with many completely running out of items such as toilet paper.

While any other types of business in the area, including restaurants, and entertainment venues are feeling the hurt from changing behaviors amid the outbreak, the cannabis industry is reporting historic success.

“People are in scarcity mode. The streets are emptier, but specific businesses like grocery stores and dispensaries are seeing more people than usual — and people are stocking up and purchasing in bulk,” Steve Lilak, head of sales for California cannabis company NUG, told The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’ve seen regular customers buying three or four of what they normally buy just one of in L.A. dispensaries.”

Lilak says that last Wednesday alone, his shop had 1,000 customers, the amount they usually see on a Saturday.

Meanwhile the Los Angeles dispensary The Sherbinskis says it is having itse best week for sales and delivery is busier “than ever before.”

Caliva, a company which has recently enlisted Jay-Z as its chief brand strategist, is also seeing “record-breaking sales over the past two weeks” in its four locations.

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Natalie