At the moment, millions of people all over Asia, the U.S. and Europe have been forced into self-isolation. In the few months that it has been active, the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc, with more than 300,000 people infected and at least 12,944 dead, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The virus is very communicable, and the best preventive measures are self-isolation and social distancing.
However, that’s easier said than done. And for those who aren’t used to working from home or long periods of isolation, it’s going to be quite tough. As more and more U.S. states go into lockdown to curb the spread of the condition, there has been a spike in demand for marijuana as people stock up. There is plenty of evidence that marijuana can help reduce stress levels and anxiety, and it could be the perfect companion during a long period of isolation.
Researchers have found that high-CBD/high-THC strains reduce stress while high-CBD/low-THC strains help limit depression. If you’re planning on using marijuana to help cope with the anxiety and stress of self-isolation, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
For starters, if you’re smoking with other people, do not share joints, pipes, bongs, vape pens, or anything that will touch your lips. “Community has always been central to cannabis culture, but given the health crisis we find ourselves in, it is best we think of community a little differently,” says Erik Altieri, Executive Director of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws. He suggests moving any group sessions to FaceTime, Zoom or Skype.
Secondly, make sure you keep your smoking equipment clean. A study conducted by Moose Labs, a Los Angeles-based cannabis accessories company, found that cannabis equipment can collect a staggering amount of germs. According to co-founder Jay Rush, the average gas station toilet has about 900 bacteria per square inch, while the average bong has about 3,000 bacteria per square inch.
Altieri says to regularly clean and disinfect your equipment with high percentage isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to ensure they stay sterile.
Lastly, experts advise against smoking as it affects lung health. The Coronavirus attacks respiratory systems, and smoking puts you at greater risk. New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, recently stated that smokers and vapers are indeed more vulnerable to the Coronavirus. “If you are a smoker or a vaper, this is a very good time to stop that habit,” he said.
Instead, opt for edibles, oils, and tinctures as they don’t need to be combusted and inhaled. If you’re a little adventurous, there are plenty of marijuana recipes that are sure to keep you busy.
The entire cannabis industry, including companies like HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) (OTCQB: HTPRF), is hoping that people adhere to all the recommendations provided by health experts so that everyone can come out of this crisis stronger.
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