Smoking cannabis is not the best thing you can do when it comes to preventing and treating respiratory diseases.
Now that a pandemic is on the loose, it’s important to take some extra precautions, even when it comes to seemingly unrelated and safe activities, like smoking marijuana.
While there’s no need for you to stop smoking altogether, there are a few things you should account for when consuming cannabis while engaging in social distancing. Marijuana use has long been associated with community; marijuana lounges, joints and bongs, all meant to be shared.
In conversation with the New York Post, different marijuana lounges and smokers explained that they’ve been avoiding sharing marijuana and cleaning their bongs more thoroughly, ensuring that no virus or bacteria remains.
Here are a few actions that can reduce the risk or spread of the coronavirus:
Stop sharing joints and bongs
When practicing social distancing, it’s important to avoid sharing joints or bongs with roommates and others, even when they might not be showing symptoms, since people can be asymptomatic and still carry the virus. When it comes to romantic partners, it’s very hard to prevent the spread of diseases or alter the way you behave in private. In any case, avoid sharing joints with each other if you’re feeling sick.
Avoid smoking when ill
When battling a cold, flu or infection, hot smoke will only irritate your lungs and make your symptoms and cough worse. While THC & CBD have anti-inflammation and pain killing abilities, it’s important to account for the method of consumption and to also speak with a doctor. Cannabis has a complex effect on our immune system and a pandemic might not be the best time to experiment with your health.
Consider consuming edibles
If you’re healthy and enforcing social distance, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t explore and try out new things. Prevent freak-outs by consuming small doses, by avoiding your triggers and by drinking lots of water.