COVID-19: Cannabis etiquette questions and answers
In light of recent events, stoners everywhere have questions, and we want to help by providing answers. Here, you will find some of the most common things that every cannabis enthusiast needs to know to stay safe and stay healthy during this uncertain time so that you’ll know what to do, what to avoid, and how to pull off this oddly terrifying endeavor all while practicing social distancing laws to do your part to slow the spread of highly contagious COVID-19.
1. Is it safe to smoke cannabis?
The coronavirus is a respiratory condition that can severely impact your body's ability to absorb oxygen efficiently, which is why it might not be a great idea to start smoking more, especially if you’re already showing symptoms of an illness. However, for a healthy person who is bored out of their mind during this lockdown, it is perfectly safe to smoke weed, and it might even help a bit with passing the time.
2. Is it safe to buy weed?
We’ve been instructed to keep to ourselves, to maintain social distancing guidelines, and to restrict travel to errands that are absolutely essential such as work, groceries, or a doctor’s appointment and that has led to many questions about the safety surrounding the options we have to buy weed at this time. Luckily, there are plenty of safe choices out there, including curbside pickup for those with cars and front door delivery, which is perfect for anyone with trouble getting around right now.
The only thing that we would recommend is that you take some extra precautions, which may be different depending on the scenario at hand. Things like gloves, masks, and a good hand and package washing before touching your face at all can go a long way in protecting yourself against COVID-19. You can even take that a step further by choosing to pay for your weed online, which will eliminate the exchange of cash money, and help to keep you healthy.
3. Is it safe to share cannabis with friends?
Right now, public gatherings are banned, and social distancing recommendations state that you should not be interacting with anyone who resides outside of your own home if you can help it. This helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is why it’s not really safe to go out of your way to share a toke with your friends. If you’re feeling in the giving spirit, and know someone who needs a bit, then place some buds or concentrate in a bag, and leave it on their doorstep to retrieve once you’ve moved a safe distance away.
Swapping saliva by sharing a bong or a joint with friends might sound like a great time, especially since for most of us, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen one another, but it is important now more than ever to avoid these kinds of activities, as they can contribute to the spread of COVID-19, which isn’t going to help us to flatten the curve and slow the rate of infections.
4. Why is weed suddenly considered an essential service?
It's pretty amazing what can be accomplished in such a short period of time, and it was only a little over a year ago that we were celebrating our first legal cannabis purchases. After years of advocating and speaking up, we’ve finally got permission to toke legally, but most were shocked when they saw that dispensaries, along with alcohol stores, made the list of essential services.
This is because thousands of people depend on cannabis for medicinal purposes, be it through prescription or self-medication, and without it, all of those who have come to depend on it could experience withdrawals and lose vital levels of relief that can seriously impact their quality of life. Just like food, cannabis is now finally recognized as an essential service, and though it’s unfortunate that it took a pandemic to see it, it’s a change that will go down in history as it marks its importance within society today.
5. Should I continue to visit my local cannabis dispensary?
If you’re looking to buy weed to get you through this uncomfortable time of being stuck at home, there is no need to worry, as there are plenty of options available depending on where you reside. There is weed delivery, curbside pickup, and even home delivery through some dispensary locations, and you can take advantage of those perks, but not everyone has that option.
If you have no choice but to visit your local dispensary in person, then try to call ahead to see if your purchase can be paid through methods that offer reduced contact and if it can be brought to the door so that you don’t have to go inside. Unfortunately, there is still the occasional dispensary that insists on in-person visits, and in those cases, you’ll just have to follow health recommendations by washing your hands, avoiding touching surfaces, and maintaining a distance of 2 meters between yourself and anyone else.