Is weed delivery a safe choice right now?

Published Mar 21, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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As each region advances to the next stage of preparation, stores and businesses all over the globe are closing their doors in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, most fast food and delivery services are continuing to function unimpeded, aside from a long waiting list of customers, and the occasional dispensary here and there have remained open in hopes of serving up some relaxation to consumers when they need it the most.

With all of the panic and precaution, it’s entirely reasonable to question the safety of unnecessary purchases, but the truth is that the risk for contracting COVID-19 this way can be reduced exponentially if you follow a few simple rules along the way. So, if you’re ready to order up some CBD edibles, or fresh cannabis flower, then you might want to take a moment to go over our helpful list of tips and tricks for a successful and safe weed delivery exchange.

1. Stay in and order delivery

It might be tempting to head on over to your local dispensary, but right now, the safest way to stock up on weed is to order online or to pick up the phone and see if your local dispensary is offering a curbside or delivery services. This way, you can stay at home and avoid contact with more people while still having joints to enjoy when you need it the most.

2. Wash your hands

Whether you are out buying a bong, or stocking up on regular old groceries, practicing good hygiene will help to keep you safe from this virus. Remember to wash your hands as frequently as needed, and to do so with warm water and soap for at least 30 seconds to kill the germs. Sanitizer also works in a pinch, but it is second best to good old hand washing.

3. Sterilize packages and all other incoming goods

When we head out to the store, few of us realize how many germs we come across, and a whole lot of them come home with us on the things that we buy. Now in most cases, this isn’t typically a concern, but right now, it’s a risk that you might want to avoid, and the best way to do that is to whip up some good reliable disinfectant spray and use it to clean everything that you buy before bringing it into your home.

4. Buy only sealed cannabis packages

If you want to be able to sterilize your weed packages, then it’s important to note that not all wrapping is made equal. Parchment paper sacks will absorb the disinfectant and potentially damage your cannabis products, so it’s a good idea to buy completely sealed products that are easy to wipe down, without missing any spots.

5. Order less frequently

For some people, interaction with delivery drivers is something to look forward to, but right now, it’s best to limit travel and trips as much as possible. So, if you would normally buy a few grams every few days, now might be a good time to consider grabbing a couple of quarters or an ounce instead.

6. Avoid physical contact

Fist bumping, high fiving, and hugging people who live outside of your home is one of the first things that you need to desist from if you want to stay healthy, at least for now. Even the friendliest people you know will be understanding if, during this time, you opt out of physical contact, which could transfer illness and bacteria like COVID-19.

7. No chit chat

We know how great it is to see a fellow stoner, especially if you’re someone who is surrounded by people who don’t quite understand your love of cannabis, but right now, you want to avoid lingering and chatting it up with your delivery driver, or anyone else around for that matter. Since this latest illness transfers through water droplets, all it takes is one cough to spread it around, and the longer you linger, the higher the risk of that happening.

8. Go cashless whenever possible

Money is horribly dirty on a good day, but during times like these, we are incredibly fortunate to have access to electronic funds. Whether its an e-transfer, online payment system, or paying without contact using tap, all of these options are much safer and cleaner to use than cash money.

9. Wear gloves until the package is disinfected and your hands are washed

A lot of people think that if they’re wearing gloves, there is no need to wash their hands after touching something, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when you’re talking about germs. When you take the gloves off, it’s highly likely that at least some of the bacteria will transfer to your hands, so be sure to wear the gloves while you handle the package, and as you disinfect it, proceeded with a good long hand scrubbing.

10. Do not accept packages from someone who is displaying symptoms

Most reputable businesses are now taking extra precautions to ensure that their workers are not coming in to work sick, and this should be especially true for those who work in the service industry, as they interact with large numbers of the public every single day. However, if your weed delivery driver happens to show up looking sick, you might want to refuse the delivery, and if you don’t, a vigorous cleaning of the package and a call to management should be the next two things on your to-do list.

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