Coronavirus & Cannabis: What You Need To Know

Coronavirus known as Covid-19 has been spreading for almost half a year now and even though its effect is under control in China at the moment – it’s spreading to other countries faster than we can check.

SOS alert[1] has been given out and with thousands of patients being accepted into intensive care to be tested for Covid-19 – media is claiming that the world is losing battle to containing the virus.

Scientists were able to provide faster and more efficient test kits but it could take anywhere between 3-6 months to find the first cure.

Until then, countries are left alone to fight the Covid-19 virus and to do their best to minimize the damage. However, this situation is already taking a huge toll on the economy, business, travel, and plenty of other industries.

It’s gotten to the point of stores not willing to accept cash, stores running out of hand sanitizers, people fighting for masks and even people preparing food stashes.

No matter where you are from – you can check in live and keep being updated hourly, but what is the connection between Covid-19 and CBD?

In this article, you will find out predictions on how to stay safe if you’re a CBD user, things you can do to additionally protect yourself – but also some of the things you should immediately stop doing in order to stay healthy.

Coronavirus and Cannabis: What you need to know

How cannabis users can stay healthy around coronavirus

Even though there’s still no cure to eliminate the Covid-19 virus and cure the unfortunate victims – we are still able to work hard to contract the virus and stay safer until the scientists come up with the good news.

Some of the most basic rules to contain the virus or to stay healthy is to wash hands more frequently, cough into a tissue and dispose of it immediately, and stop touching face, mouth, and eyes without previously sanitizing your hands.

And since such serious precautions are already set – we’ve also listed the needed changes CBD consumers should follow. It’s all about staying safe and understanding what works and what might not work.

You’ve seen people wearing masks but is it true that a mask without a filter can protect you from Covid-19? Up to a certain point it can – but filtered masks are the best way to go.

Therefore, keep on reading to find what exactly should every CBD consumer do in order to stay healthy.

Stop sharing joints, blunts, and bongs while coronavirus is spreading

We know that some of the best CBD experiences come from a shared joint, blunt, or a bong – but this is the first thing you should eliminate.

No matter how fun it could be – you shouldn’t risk receiving or passing on Covid-19 virus. You should immediately stop exchanging blunts, joints, and bongs and strictly stick with your own products just the way you should stop handshaking with other people in public.

It might be a hard habit to get rid of all of the sudden – but there is no other choice if your goal is to stay safe.

Don’t gather or use Vape in a crowded place

The easiest way to get Covid-19 is to stick around the crowded place for too long and even though this is a very well known fact by now – there’s something that other people don’t know.

Using a vape or being around someone who uses a vape in a crowded place just speeds up the spreading of Covid-19 via air.

We understand that it could be extremely hard to start vaping only in the privacy of your home or uncrowded places – but it’s best if you could just stop vaping in the public.

This would result in better containment of the virus, less chance to spread the virus by yourself, but also less chance to get infected by the virus if everyone would stick to this.

Wash your hands frequently

Whether you are a CBD user or not – washing your hands is one of the most important tasks that no one should avoid.

If you aren’t washing your hands regularly yet you are following other precautions – nothing of the following would apply.

Covid-19 lives up to 3 days when it is transmitted to surfaces such as a handrail by a person who has been infected. Even though the main way to spread Covid-19 is by person-to-person interaction, you can catch the virus by touching an object and then transmitting it to your face (mouth, nose, eyes).

If you’re frequently outdoors and you have nowhere to wash your hands – hand sanitizers are a great way to keep your hands clean.

Get an optimal amount of sleep

We all know that when we sleep – our body is working hard to maintain itself which means that it also fights the bacteria that infect our body.

Getting an optimal amount of sleep (7-8 hours a night) is important as it can help our body recover faster from cold, flu, and viruses which might even help avoid or fight Covid-19. Lack of sleep is one of the most known ways to lead the chance of getting sick by compromising your immune system. 

If you are lacking sleep due to inability to fall asleep – CBD oil for sleep can help with relaxation and effectiveness no matter the sleep disorder you might be dealing with.

No one is sure when we will get a cure for Covid-19 or a medicine that will help prevent the negative effects of Covid-19.

Dealing with viruses isn’t something uncommon for humans. So even though nothing is proven as of now – getting an optimal sleep definitely isn’t a bad thing to do.

Keep your throat moist

Do you remember the last time you felt very little throat pain throughout the day – but when you woke up the next day you could feel your throat burning?

The reason for this is that when we are asleep – our throat is mostly dry. And if you didn’t know by now – dry is the ideal condition for bacteria and viruses to spread and multiply.

With this being said, you should do your best to keep your throat moist throughout the day and even throughout the night as this could potentially lessen the chance of bacteria and viruses spreading inside your body.

Especially when you are vaping as vaping can get you dehydrated easily. Drinking plenty of water when vaping is highly recommended.

Eat a healthy diet

We all know that burgers, fries, and lots of other “junk food” just taste too good to pass on them – however, it has never been a better time to work on your diet in order to stay as healthy as possible.

In order for your body to protect you properly and keep you as healthy as possible, you need to fill it with high-protein, low-fat food.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat anything other than only healthy food – but follow 80-20 rule where you would consume 80% of healthy food and only occasionally treat yourself with 20% of other types of food. 

The best way to keep a healthy diet is to stick to high-protein food, include a lot of vegetables and fruit, and eat less food that’s high in fat.

Don’t buy into unproven coronavirus remedies

Without any research, we can name at least a couple of media sources that aren’t doing a very good job at their own research and they end up spreading biased opinions that just won’t do any good.

And when you consider the amount of talk being lead through various social media channels on the internet – you can easily find out how much misconception is out there.

We want you to stay as healthy as possible and as protected as possible, but you should use your own head and you shouldn’t buy into unproven Covid-19 remedies.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that CBD shouldn’t be consumed until Covid-19 is under control – however, there’s no research or evidence to back this up.

But on the other hand, of course, if you felt symptoms and you experience breathing problems – you should lay off CBD for a while until you get better.

Take precautions about physical contact with others

The easiest way to spread or get infected by Covid-19 is through physical contact. It’s definitely something that’s not working in our favor.

Covid-19 is a possibly deadly virus that spreads so easily. However, it’s our job to take extra precautions about physical contact with others – but also contact with any other objects in public.

China is being very good at staying cautious by getting rid of handshakes and greeting with their feet instead.

We’ve even seen elbow bumps as a very efficient way to remove any physical contact with others that could potentially lead to spreading of Covid-19.

If you are around someone who is sick, it’s advised to stay at least 1 meter away since that’s most likely how far Covid19 can spread through sneezing and coughing.

Be aware of COVID-19 symptoms

Let’s be honest. Symptoms of Covid-19 aren’t any different from symptoms of a cold or a flu.

Here 3 most common symptoms of Covid-19:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

However, even though some people might experience these symptoms – it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the illness[2].

Since Corona is a very new virus, scientists aren’t very sure how it is transmitted from one person to another or what is the first symptom.

Instead, it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure – but if you feel like you might have been ill – instead of visiting your local doctor’s office, you should call the assigned number for people who are potentially positive to the virus.

This will eliminate the initial visit that could potentially endanger others and enable the virus to spread further.

If you are experiencing breathing difficulties – it would be best to lay off the CBD for a while until you get help as breathing hot air directly into your lungs won’t help your recovery.

Clean Pipes, Bongs, and Vapes Properly to Prevent Coronavirus

Cleaning your pipe, bong, or vape regularly in order to keep it sanitized to eliminate the spread of virus around you – whether you smoke a bong in your home with your roommates around you or you vape in the public with a lot of crowd around you.

This could potentially help lower the possibility of Covid-19 being spread through pipes, bongs, and vapes even if you aren’t sharing it with others.

We still aren’t sure whether Covid-19 can be spread through the use of pipes, bongs, or vapes, but it’s important to stay as safe as possible which means keeping yourself and your accessories clean.

The best way to clean pipes, bongs, and even vapes is by mixing the alcohol with warm water, adding a bit of kosher salt, and then mixing the mixture before letting it sit for about 30 minutes before using it to rinse out your accessories.

Also, if you are trying to find out how to clean your pipe, you could help yourself with a pipe cleaner as it’s a great way to coax the gunk out before rinsing it with the previously described mixture.

Resources

[1] International SOS: CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) OUTBREAK

[2] NHS (2020) Overview – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

About Keith Myers

Keith J. Myers is Editor in Chief of the Health Canal. He has overseen and directed the editorial growth and skill of this website since 2012. Before joining Health Canal, Keith was a writer and editor who covered topics in CBD, health, science, and wellness.