Smoking Weed During Self-Isolation
Should we really be doing it?
Who would have thought that 2020 would be the year in which days lasted a thousand years? Well, it turns out that in the times of lockdown and self-isolation, they do. And, let’s be honest, there’s only so many snacks you can eat and so much living room yoga you can do to get you through.
Facing the unknowns of quarantine can be overwhelming, to say the least, and with more and more countries across the world going into lockdown it’s no surprise that an increasing number of people have been turning to weed to help them navigate these bizarre times.
One California-based marijuana startup recently reported a 300% increase in month-on-month sales. In March alone, Cann, who sells low-dose cannabis-based drinks, more than doubled their sales for January and February combined. Cann’s booming business is reflective of what’s happening more widely, as people attempt to fight the monotony of quarantine, search for escapism and support their mental health.
But, it’s not just weed- sales of alcohol, sex toys, and exercise equipment are all at unprecedented highs. After all, we all have our own vices. Whatever it is you’re throwing yourselves into that’s cool; these activities are giving us something other to focus on and soothing our nervous little brains while we partake in them respectively.
As many throw themselves into exercise it’s easy to see this as the most-healthy choice and condemn those choosing to use alcohol and marijuana, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Like anything, in moderation, exercise is great. But focussing too much on exercise- which is easy to do with so much free time- can lead to disordered thoughts around body image, ultimately working to add stresses to an already stressful situation.
So, don’t automatically cancel cannabis for being an unhealthy option. There are a number of reasons people are turning to weed in particular during this time; it’s calming effects are much-needed by many right now as the turmoil of coronavirus continues to dominate the news. With studies showing that the plant can provide relief from anxiety and insomnia, it can help people to reframe the current situation and make it more bearable.
Look, we all know smoking anything is not good for the old lungs. And with COVID-19 being a virus that targets the respiratory system, smoking is not exactly the doctor-prescribed method for taking your marijuana right now. Luckily, there are healthier ways to get your weed intake, so maybe head for your favorite edibles rather than your lighter. If you are mixing tobacco and cannabis, you could make it a bit easier on your lungs if you use some healthy alternatives for tobacco like Damiana, Wild dagga, Blue lotus, and Passionflower.
These are unprecedented times so whatever you need to stay in, stay safe and stay sane is ultimately ok. But if you’re looking for a trip without any intoxicants, skip the weed and just watch Tiger King on Netflix instead.