Health and Fitness

COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions For Cannabis Use.

Vaibhav Rai

April 23, 2020 10:43 AM

As the Coronavirus set foot in the United States, cannabis users were particularly worried about how they would get their products during lockdown. But thankfully, the government declared medical dispensaries to fall under the essential business category.

With telemedicine and e-commerce, patients can now get their 420 Evaluations in Bakersfield and order cannabis products online as well. Not only can you see a doctor online but also get marijuana medicine delivered at your doorstep.

Now let’s address the elephant in the room.

Do these precautions still leave cannabis users at a high risk of getting infected from the coronavirus?

This is probably the best time to ponder on this question if you are a cannabis user. Thousands of patients across the US are staying home wondering whether they should be smoking their next joint or not. If you are in such a situation, then read along to learn what's best for you.

No More Passing : 

Cannabis has long had a history of being a group activity. But now is definitely not the time to share. Let it be a bong, vaporizer, blunt, or anything else you use to administer cannabis. You need to use your own, clean your own, and protect yourself. 

You might want to share with people living with you but there is a probability that they might be carriers, so it is in everyone’s best interest for you to maintain a certain distance. Once you have consumed cannabis, be ready to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. 

Avoid inviting guests at home or visiting them. However, when consuming marijuana, you can do a quick group video call to your buddies to share your happiness.

Prefer Safe Cannabis Consumption Methods : 

Although smoking and vaping marijuana provides immediate effects, these consumption methods are not ideal in the middle of a pandemic.  

Coronavirus is linked to respiratory problems and smoking or vaping may actually damage your first line of defense against the virus i.e. lungs. Even if you look at it in general terms occasional cannabis smoking can cause harm to the lungs as much as smoking cigarettes does. So, if you have safer consumption methods that you can use then it is better you avail them.

Choose other consumption methods such as edibles, oils, topicals, etc. Before choosing any marijuana product, you should learn about how it delivers effects and for how long. For instance, marijuana topicals are applied directly on the skin to receive localized relief.

Buy Only Lab-Tested Products : 

In the United States, 33 states have legalized medical or recreational use of cannabis. But in many states, only medical dispensaries are considered essential parts of the healthcare system during the COVID-19, thus they are kept open. In the states that have closed adult-use dispensaries, consumers are moving into the black marker. We strongly discourage you from doing that. 

Lab-tested products that are screened for pesticides, molds, and quality whereas the black market is littered with untested goods that may be laced with dangerous chemicals.  Tested products ensure that health benefits such as boosting the immune system, relieving pain, etc are delivered to your system without any problems. This is why we advise that you should only use state-licensed dispensaries to buy cannabis products. Avoid purchasing any illicit products.

Telemedicine & Delivery Services : 

Telemedicine is getting popular in cannabis legalized states, helping patients to consult MMJ doctors to receive medical marijuana recommendations online. Thus, without leaving their homes, patients can access medical care. 

Like other businesses, cannabis dispensaries are also making efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19. Many have started offering curbside pickup services, allowing patients to have safe access to marijuana. Patients or designated caregivers can place online orders, get cannabis delivered to their vehicles near the dispensaries. 

States offering curbside pick up services for medical patients are—California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan New Hampshire, New Mexico, Washington, New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Oklahoma. 

To wrap it up— to protect oneself from COVID-19 one needs to practice good respiratory hygiene. 

 For cannabis users, it’s important to follow the health and safety guidelines to ensure the safe consumption of marijuana. If you are experiencing any trouble while breathing, stop smoking cannabis. Prefer edibles, topicals, tinctures, and oils instead. Avoid sharing joints and bongs with others. Visit only trusted sources to buy high-quality, lab-tested cannabis products. Use delivery and curbside pickup services to ensure the safe purchase of cannabis. Apply for your 420 evaluations Bakersfield or MMJ renewal online with telemedicine services. 

Unfortunately, this is not going away anytime soon. So, as a collective, society has to adapt and change and we need to do our bit by practicing social distancing and curbing its spread.