While some very early research shows that CBD may have some anti-viral properties, there is no research that shows cannabis, THC or CBD rich, to be a cure for viruses or even colds. So beware of unethical CBD companies selling bogus Coronavirus “cures.”
That said, cannabis can definitely help ease symptoms such as inflammation and aches and pains. In can also increase your ability to rest and relax and might strengthen your immune response.
The advice given to everyone during the Coronavirus pandemic of avoiding going out and crowds of people is important, as is frequent hand washing.
Beyond that, if you are a regular cannabis user, these tips, some of which are no brainers, are essential:
- Stop passing joints, blunts, bongs, pipes, vapes, etc! I know this is a hard habit to break because cannabis is normally so social, but now is the time for each person to have their own pipe/vape/joint, etc.
- Wash, wash wash! We are supposed to minimize touching our faces, likewise it is important to wash hands frequently and for 20 seconds at a time, especially before and after smoking, vaping, eating, or using topicals.
- Edibles are your friend. If you have any kind of flu, virus, or even common cold, smoking and even vaping can irritate already irritated throats and exacerbate coughs. Get symptomatic relief like easing of pain or help sleeping by taking your cannabis in the form of edibles.
How Will the Coronavirus Affect the Cannabis World?
- Events: It’s both ironic and sad that in a year when the entire month of April is 4-20-20, we will see literally no 420 celebrations. Events in the cannabis world are being canceled or postponed left and right. This is happening not only in the US but around the globe.
- Vapes: If you are a vape fan you may see disruptions, as most vape components come from China and trade has been severely impacted.
- Dispensaries — If you are a fan of flowers there should be no impact as those, at least in theory, are grown in the states in which they are sold. However, as more and more quarantines, curfews, and business closures happen, it could impact your ability to access your dispensaries at all, so you might want to stock up a bit if you can.
What To Do While In Coronavirus Self-Quarantine
Experts are advising people to stay home as much as possible in order to avoid contact with persons who unknowingly might be infected and thus slow the spread of the virus. Slowing the spread is essential in order not to overwhelm hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Most of us are so busy, some forced time at home can be a relaxing break (providing we aren’t sick). However, as time goes on, it can get mighty boring!
I am constantly astounded that, despite the streaming video services I subscribe to, I frequently have trouble finding anything I want to watch. I’m sure I am not alone in this. And if you do find some good shows to catch up on, how many hours of TV a day can (should) you watch?
I had to laugh when I recently read a story about Pornhub giving Italians free premium access during that country’s quarantine.
Might I suggest some more productive (but only slightly less subversive in the eyes of the establishment) activities that focus on our favorite herb instead?
Here are some productive ideas to keep you busy during self-quarantine:
- Clean your pipes, bongs, and dab rigs (and your hands) as good as new: Who has time for this on a daily basis? But if you are stuck at home, you have the time to make your glassware shine like the day you bought it. Click the links for video instructions on how to do it.
- EXTRA BONUS MAKE HAND SANITIZER: The 90% alcohol recommended for cleaning pipes and other glassware also makes awesome hand sanitizer. Mix 1 cup alcohol with 1/2 cup aloe vera gel and 10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil. Store in a spray bottle, use frequently.
- Make some edibles: As I said above, edibles are your friend during cold and flu season. This link will take you to HUNDREDS of tasty tested medicated recipes. A lot of the recipes are suitable for freezing, so why not use the time to stock up?
- Make some cannabis topicals: Topical cannabis can help soothe aches and pains and reduce inflammation. Learn how it works plus download my FREE Marijuana Massage Oils tutorial at this link. Massage oils are the easiest of all topicals to make and are a great introduction to making marijuana skincare products.
- Take cannabis classes without leaving home! My online courses will teach you all about cannabis, as well as how to cook with it, and make a HUGE variety of topical products. If you are going to be stuck in the house, why not use that time to further your education and learn some skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life?
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