COVID-safe ways to share cannabis with friends and family

Published Feb 8, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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Remember when we used to do things like a hug or a more traditional shake of the hands the moment we saw someone who we loved or cared about? Yeah, most of that is long gone in the past, and those who do engage in this riskier behavior tend to be more selective about who they do it with. We’re still dealing with a pandemic after all, and though it hasn’t quite been rough enough to stop all of us from working, it’s put a major damper on our social interactions.

An increased risk

As a toker, we’re at an increased risk for things like viruses because we swap a lot more spit than some of us would like to admit. Whether you’re coughing up a lung in the same room as a group of friends or just sharing a fatty in rotation with bong hits, those water droplets that we’ve heard so much about since it’s the main mode of transmission for this particular illness, are flying everywhere. That joint you licked or the damp tip that made it back to you in the circle is full of bacteria, something that many of us are working to avoid these days.

Should everyone be concerned?

Those who need to be the most concerned are pretty much anyone who either has an underlying health condition or someone close to them who might be vulnerable. The elderly, in particular, have been hit hard by COVID-19, but knowing that it probably won’t kill you isn’t quite enough. You could give it to someone else, who might not be so lucky, and that’s why the experts say we all need to be worried.

The safest ways to share cannabis

The pandemic and lockdowns have changed the way that we interact with the people we love, and we’re missing the way we used to do things, but that doesn’t mean that we have to go completely without our very best stoner friends. We just have to be a little bit more creative with how we do it so that everyone stays as safe as possible.

1. Go virtual

Instead of meeting up in person, why not find a mutual meeting place online where you can connect with all of your friends live and virtually face to face. It’s not quite the same as the circle you’re probably used to, but it has similar vibes, especially if you're all partaking in the same pot products when you do it.

2. Buy gifts online

It’s always nice to show up at a friend’s house on those special days to give the gift of green, the best way you know how, but right now, it’s not the best idea, especially if you’re trying to avoid close contact or if you reside in a region with limits on these types of gatherings. Instead, shop through all of your favourite dispensaries online, and ship it from the comfort of your home.

3. Drop and dash

If you’ve already got a present that you want to deliver, then buying online isn’t exactly an option, and in this case, you might want to drop and dash. That means driving over there yourself, leaving the package on the porch, ringing the doorbell, and then dashing back to your vehicle when you can safely wait from afar to ensure that the right person gets the gift. This way you can make it more personal and see their reaction without any risk at all.

4. A mouthpiece for every person

No matter what the recommendations might be, for whatever reason, some still feel the need to gather with those who are closest to them during this turbulent time. It might be to get or give support or to save your mental health. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter, what does make a difference is how you approach the situation, and a great place to start is with separate mouthpieces. Everyone involved should have their own joint or device to keep spit swapping to a minimum.

5. Social distanced sesh

Another tip for in-person meets is to keep everything outdoors in an area where there is plenty of room for everyone involved to space out and be comfortable. All you really need is a small backyard, a radio, and some good green, and though it might not be as cozy as past sessions, it will allow you to safely connect with those who you’re missing most during this crazy time.

Stay high and stay safe

We’ve had some pretty good news as of late when it comes to more effective treatments and vaccines that might be the keys to tackling COVID-19 once and for all, and that’s a great thing, but while we await the rollout and end results of all of this hard work, it’s best that we just stay home, stay high, and stay safe.

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