Now more than ever it’s vital for all of us to stay healthy and be conscious of what we put into our bodies. COVID-19 seems to be everywhere, bringing uncertainty and anxiety wherever it goes. As we as a society navigate this new territory, it’s important to educate ourselves in order to better protect our bodies and everyone around us. This is especially true with cannabis and our consumption of it. Here are some tips for those of you looking to give yourself an extra layer or awareness and protection as we learn more about this pandemic.
- Keep alcohol wipes handy in your pocket if you share your smoking accessories
- If you must share, thoroughly wipe down the mouthpiece of your smoking/vaping device with alcohol and let air dry before the next person takes a hit. You can use alcohol wipes that are commonly found in First Aid kits or just use the rubbing alcohol that you keep around to clean your pieces. Double check that it is at least 60% alcohol, which is the lowest limit recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) for sanitization purposes
- If you like to smoke in groups remember to space yourselves 6 feet apart per recommendation by the CDC. This will minimize your chances of coming into contact with the virus
- Did you rip it a little too hard and are coughing? Make sure to turn away from anyone nearby and cough into your elbow. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water once you have recovered.
- Are you standing/sitting next to the person coughing after a big hit? Give them extra space
- Everyone should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after completing a group smoke session
If you’re running low on your stash and need to make a pit stop at your local dispensary? Remember to do these things during/after your visit:
- While you’re at the dispensary do not touch the display counters
- If you accidentally touch the display cases, feel free to use the hand sanitizer provided by the dispensary
- Wash your hands after handling cash
Yes, it’s true, COVID-19 is no laughing matter, but, as in so many other situations in life, knowledge is power, and the smarter we are about what we put into our bodies and what we expose ourselves to in our day-to-day activities, the more likely we are to come out on the other end of the tunnel happy and healthy.
Stay smart and safe, stoner fam!