The impact of the novel Corona virus has pushed people all around the world on back foot. Everyone is taking some precautions, trying to save themselves and their loved ones from catching this deadly disease. The virus has dropped its feet deep into our lives and has fundamentally changed the way we used to approach our social life. People, right now, are concerned about numerous things due to the outbreak of this disease.
However, one of the major concerns they are facing is if it’s safe to use cannabis during this global pandemic or not. And if yes, how to keep themselves safe from any chance of harm.
As of 6th April 2020, the virus has infected more than 1.2 million people, globally. And out of this, around 67,000 cases have resulted in death. The fatal virus is known to spread from one person to another very quickly. And therefore, people are given very strict instructions to practice social distancing. As we currently don’t have any vaccine for this novel disease, reducing all direct social contacts outside of our homes is the only way to curb its spread.
However, this has become a major concern for the people who have a medical marijuana card. They are already suffering from a specific ailment for which they require cannabis to manage their symptoms. But due to the limited contact from the outside world and this anxiety build-up due to the virus outbreak, they are suffering even more.
So, is there nothing we can do right now? Should we just sit and wait for it to pass?
Well, not exactly. Getting high on weed in these times of crisis may be difficult. But it’s not completely out of the picture. You can still get high. But there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Let’s see what these are.
Be Mindful of How the Virus Spreads
The biggest concern around the novel Corona virus is that the specialists and the healthcare professionals don’t have much idea, right now, of how it acts on humans. We do have a blurred picture of how it works. But there’s still a lot we don’t know.
However, regardless of what we know or don’t know, there are several qualities the virus shares with other infections. And this can help us a lot in reducing the initial risks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed that the virus can spread from one person to another via droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes near the other person.
The CDC says that the only way to prevent yourself from catching the infection is to avoid the exposure to it in the first place. And therefore, it’s best to keep some distance from others.
Do Not Share
If you are thinking of consuming marijuana, make sure you do it with your own personal equipment only. “Personal” here means each person consuming should be using their own method without sharing it with anyone else. In other words, they should be following “one person, one joint” policy.
As already discussed, the disease primarily spreads through the droplets which are produced when an already infected person sneezes or coughs. But it’s not just sneezing or coughing. We can understand here that the virus is present in our mouths only. And when we use a consumption device for our cannabis, no matter how careful we are, certain germs from our mouth will be left on it.
So, if you are thinking of consuming weed with a friend, ask ahead if they have their own device. If they don’t have it, it’s better to cancel.
Keep Your Hands Clean
CDC also says that you may catch the novel corona virus by touching a surface having the virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth. Though it might not be the main way the virus spreads, it certainly has the potential. According to various studies that are conducted on the subject, the virus has the ability to live on certain surfaces for as long as surfaces like glass.
Experts suggest that you can reduce your exposure to the virus significantly by washing your hands frequently. So, be sure you wash your hands thoroughly before taking them anywhere near your face. This includes while consuming cannabis too. The ideal way to do this is to use soap and water. But you can use an alcohol-based sanitizer too, as a backup, if the soap is not available.
Even if you are getting your weed from some other person, make sure they also have taken proper precautions and measures to keep themselves safe from the virus.
Keep Your Consumption Device Clean
Just like your hands, your devices, too, need cleaning. However, while alcohol may be effective in disinfecting your hands, it is not a very good choice for your devices’ surface. This is particularly due to its high evaporation rate.
While washing your pipes, bongs and other devices with soap and water is still considered the best method, you may use alcohol before the soap and water cleaning to take out any material off the surface that may contain germs. Just be sure you clean your devices thoroughly, before and after your each cannabis session.
Use Some other Purchasing Method
You can, very much, reduce the risk of catching, as well as spreading, the virus by limiting your exposure to the outside world. However, people who have a medical marijuana card generally get their supplies from a dispensary. And therefore, if they stop going out, they may lose out on their regular cannabis dose. So, what to do in this situation?
If you have an option of cannabis delivery available in your state, make use of it. Getting your supplies delivered at your doorstep will minimize the chances of you getting in contact with more people.
Also, try using cashless methods of transaction, wherever available. But as the cannabis business operates mostly in cash, you will have to handle it. But in those situations, you must take precautions. If you touch cash, make sure you wash your hands properly afterwards. And until you do so, avoid touching anything, especially your marijuana.
Stay Calm and Cautious
Panicking in this situation will not do any good to you, but can harm you even more. And therefore, it’s best to keep yourself calm and Cautious. Misinformation, here, is also nothing less than the virus itself.
The WHO and CDC both are working extensively to provide you with the latest information and resources to help you deal with the situation. So, there’s nothing to worry about. Just keep yourself updated with the information and keep following the instructions, you’ll be just fine.