Cannabis and the coronavirus, five tips for marijuana users
The global pandemic known as COVID-19 may halt some of the cannabis industry’s momentum. As states across the US ask businesses from all sectors of the economy to shorten hours, minimize services, or even temporarily shut down, dispensaries and the vertical supply chains are feeling the squeeze. Here are a few tips for cannabis consumers who want to practice safe habits to help avoid contracting the virus.
Wash your hands
Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after every time you consume cannabis. Hand sanitizer is a useful tool but not a replacement for hand soap.
Avoid sharing bongs, pipes, joints and blunts
Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets, these droplets can easily land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, even possibly inhaled into lungs. It is recommended to stop using any shared smoking apparatuses.
Implement social distancing
Make sure when and wherever possible that you stay at least six feet away from other people. While it may be disappointing to hear about upcoming cannabis events being canceled, it’s for good measure. Cancellations of festivals, trade shows, and even seshes will help slow down the spread of the virus.
Pass on the CBD gimmicks
No research proves CBD can cure, ease, or make one immune to the symptoms of the coronavirus. Don’t believe the hype. Take a scientific approach to what you put into your body to boost your immune system. We love weed, but it is not a substitute for fruits, veggies, and plenty of water.
Reduce smoking and vaping
Studies suggest smokers have increased susceptibility for delayed recovery from respiratory infections. Among Chinese patients diagnosed with COVID-19 the odds of virus progression (including death) were 14 times higher among people with a history of smoking.
The coronavirus needs to be taken seriously, but there is also no need to panic. Do your best to clean your space, practice good personal hygiene, and minimize visiting places with large crowds. Be safe and consume responsibly.