Are you wondering if smoking cannabis makes you more susceptible to COVID-19? It is pretty well known that people who smoke cigarettes are more susceptible; but is that also the case with smoking medical cannabis? Well, one way that you could be putting yourself at a higher risk is if you are sharing joints, blunts or other smoking accessories because the virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets from an infected individual. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own nose or mouth, so be careful passing things around – or just retrain until we are out of this muddy water. It is also known that COVID-19 is mainly transmitted from person to person, so it is important that you practice good hygiene, especially washing your hands.
When we looked at the available data, there does not seem to be enough evidence to suggest that cannabis has any effect on COVID-19, or on the cold or flu. In fact, most experts even agree that there is not enough evidence to suggest that vaping can make anyone more susceptible to infection. Some politicians don’t ever seem to take a break from finding ways to demonize cannabis, much like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmaker did on Monday. She speculated, without any evidence – an scientists immediately called her out for it, that vaping may be a contributing factor to the spread of COVID-19. However, the experts agree that as long as you practice good hygiene and social distancing, you will be at a lower risk of catching the virus. The CDC has not specifically placed smokers or vapers in the high-risk category. There is no evidence that if you do become infected that cannabis can cause you to take a turn for the worst…after all, cannabis does have excellent pain relieving anti-inflammatory properties. While this is true, it does not mean that taking a lungful of dab smoke from a glowing red nail is the best way to fight off symptoms because this could cause irritation in your throat and lead to a cough, which would inevitably end up causing more pain.
The best way to use your cannabis would be at lower temperatures with devices like an e-nail (see below) or an adjustable portable dab pen that allows you to lower the temperature. If you do not have one of these devices, this would be a great time to try a cold dab to help save your throat. Essentially all you have to do is drop your dabbing material in before you heat up your banger and slowly bring it up in temperature. In addition, the best way to get your medicine in your body while infected with any bronchial disease is to ingest it. Make up some edibles or purchase some from your local dispensary in order to spare your lungs from smoke for a little while. Knowing that any type of irritation is not beneficial for your respiratory tract, you may want to consider using alternative cannabis ingestion methods to circumvent smoking. Using cannabis edibles, tinctures and patches are a great way to dose with cannabis.
If you are extrovert and you just have to smoke with someone, it may be a good idea to use protection. They actually make bong condoms to help keep your social smoking as hygienic as possible – check out some silicone options at Sky Walker Vapes: https://skywalkervapes.com/products/sw-silicone-mouthpiece-bong-condom. One other way to be hygienic during this time is to roll two joints and each person smoke their own. With all of this down time, it may also be a great time to pull out the ISO, or whatever cleaner you use, and wipe down your glass pieces.
Please do remember that if you are at a higher risk of COVID-19 affecting you negatively, due to a suppressed immune system, we advise that you do not risk it and avoid taking the chance of contracting it. As always, make sure that you are practicing good hygiene and ensure that you are plugged into a cannabis support community during this time of isolation. Many of these communities are doing live feeds to still have daily interaction. COVID-19 is not something to take lightly and people are dying so we should all take hygiene practices very seriously when sharing cannabis with others. The best practice would be not to share at this time, however, we all know this is not practical at all times so be safe out there my fellow cannabis users. Let us know what you are doing to make sure that you are plugged in and safe? Sound off below.