Cannabis consumption and COVID-19
In light of our provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry’s ongoing actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and particularly the physical distancing requirements, it’s a good idea for anyone consuming cannabis to take appropriate precautions. In order to reduce the impacts that COVID-19 is having on our community, here are some ways you can consume cannabis responsibly.
- Don’t share joints, vapes, pipes, or bongs. You may be passing more than you think. Reports are that COVID-19 may spread through respiratory droplets released when you speak, cough, or sneeze and is also left on shared items and surfaces such as forks and glasses — or joints, vapes, pipes, and bongs. You may contract the virus by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, either by putting them in your mouth, or by touching them and then touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Wash your hands often. The BC Ministry of Health recommends frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom, when you come in from the outside, and before and after preparing food. When soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- If you’re sick – skip the smoke. It has been reported that COVID-19 causes infections in the nose, throat, and lungs. Since we know that over time, smoking cannabis can impact your lung health, it may be best to take a break from smoking or vaping.
- Keep your distance. Remember to keep a safe distance from others, experts recommend at least two metres or more. We also recommend monitoring Dr Henry’s announcements and following her instructions as she issues them.
- Use government resources to stay up to date. To ensure all your information is as accurate and up-to-date as possible, use official sources such as BC Ministry of Health to get the latest information on COVID-19.
Government of British Columbia COVID-19 resources:
Government of Canada COVID-19 resources:canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19