Sharing the joy of vaping cannabis without running the risk of infecting others
By: Herbert M. Green
One of the many things I love about consuming cannabis is the communal aspect of sharing. For a long time, I passed the doobie to the person on my left. About five or more years ago, I switched from the nasty habit of combusting my weed to vaping it. Luckily, the joy of sharing remained, although in a slightly different way.
Now that the COVID-19 virus is raging worldwide, I have to think twice before I pass my vaporizer over to a friend. Not in the first place because I’m concerned about my own health, but because I fear for the well-being of those around me and their families
So, how can we, in these trying times, still enjoy the gift of cannabis with friends without putting them at risk?
Why take the chance if you can avoid it?
Let me start off with a very important point. I am NOT a medical professional. What I take away from the information the pros presented is that this virus sticks to surfaces for quite a while and is primarily spread through contact and respiratory droplets.
This brings me to believe that passing my vape to my buddy on my left (yes, stoner-etiquette should still be observed! 😇) might put us both at risk. Even if we are both symptom-free, we can still transmit the virus if we’ve come in contact with it somehow.
For that reason, I personally would NOT recommend sharing anything that you’ve touched with your hands or has come in contact with your mouth. Just to be safe.
The joy of vaping cannabis isn’t in the pass, but in the shared experience
That doesn’t mean I’m merely a solo vaper these days, I just take extra precautions not to get too close to anybody, nor do I hand my own vape over. The beauty of sharing cannabis doesn’t lie just in passing the device back and forth, but partaking in the bliss of consuming it. This can just as easily be done if everyone present has their own vaporizer and their own stash of primo bud.
Tips for if you really want to share your vaporizer with someone during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But, if you absolutely HAVE TO SHARE a single vaporizer, here are some tips I came up with to (somewhat) minimise the risk. Again, I highly recommend against physically sharing your vaporizer, but I know there are some of you who simply can’t help themselves to puff-puff-pass, so here goes.
Tip 1: Don’t share your vaporizer during the pandemic!
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Tip 2: Get yourself a boatload of alcohol wipes
They’re not that expensive and readily available. Make sure you wipe your vape thoroughly before passing it on! That includes the mouthpiece, both on the inside and outside. Yes, it’s a lot of hassle and it does influence the taste of your vape, but it is better to be safe than sorry in my book!
Tip 3: Get a Volcano and separate balloons for everyone
If you own a Volcano Hybrid by Storz & Bickel, you’re in luck! It’s the ideal desktop vaporizer for sharing because it comes with three individual balloons. One person handles the filling-chamber and operates the device, while everybody else holds and attaches their own balloon to the device, preferably without touching the body. If you really have to use the tube kit, which I don’t recommend, see tip 2.
These two cats get it! Social distance and their separate balloon or mouthpiece. Good work peeps!
Tip 4: Don’t let your lips touch the mouthpiece
If you want to share a DynaVap or another portable vaporizer, like a Crafty+ or Mighty, get some extra-wide smoothie straws that are about 8mm in diameter. These should fit most mouthpieces. If not, make a cut into one end of the straw to make it a bit wider. Now you have a makeshift mouthpiece guard. Not foolproof, but it’s better than nothing.
Do you have any tips to add to this list? How are you doing during these trying times? Are you keeping your social distance? Let us know in the comments or on our social media channels.
Be smart, stay safe, peace out & vape on!
Herb M. Green