How COVID-19 Has Impacted The Cannabis Industry

How COVID-19 Has Impacted The Cannabis Industry

Hello, everybody. How are you all doing? Yeah. I know it has been a couple of years since I posted. I felt inspired since I am in quarantine like everybody else in Chicago.

The global pandemic has changed life as we know it, probably for some time to come. Every single industry in our global economy has been affected by COVID-19. In this article I will discuss how the pandemic has forced us to abandon cannabis events, avoid smoking and vaping and turn to making edibles and using telemedicine to communicate with our doctors. I will share a couple of recipes for you to try since most of us are staying home!

Disruptions in the Cannabis World

1. Events Must Be Postponed
As we approach the most celebrated date in the cannabis world on 4/20, there will be no public gatherings of events. I suspect that they will move forward virtually through the many different platforms available:
Zoom seems to be the platform that millions are using
Google Duo
Google Hangouts

These platforms are also extremely important for folks who live by themselves and especially for those who are housebound/quarantined and can no longer be visited by family, friends, neighbors and health care professionals. The social isolation for many people is causing a huge increase in anxiety, stress and depression.

2. Disruption in the Vape Supply Chain

If you are still using vaping products, since most of the vape components come from China, you will probably experience a disruption in the supply chain.
Smoking and vaping are being highly discouraged as delivery methods during the pandemic. There is a myriad of evidence suggesting that smoking does the following:
Suppress the immune system function in the lings
Trigger inflammation
Increase the incidence of influenza and respiratory infections

The likelihood is that vaping may have similar effects, increasing your risk for developing a serious infection from COVID-19.

Keeping Busy While Staying At Home

I see a lot of people complaining that they are bored, so here are some suggestions on how to spend your time while Staying At Home:

1. Clean your paraphernalia using high percentage isopropyl alcohol, so when this is over, they will be clean and shiny and ready for use
Dab Rigs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ascertained that COVID-19 is not transmittable through the air. However, if someone infected with the virus sneezes or coughs on any type of paraphernalia, it could be transmitted that way.

The virus can survive on the following materials:
Up to 4 hours on copper
Up to 24 hours on cardboard
Up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel

2. Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
1 cup of isopropyl alcohol
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix ingredients together and transfer to a spray bottle

3. Make Your Own Topicals
Massage Oils
Soothing Balms and Lotions

4. Make Your Own Edibles
You know you have been meaning to try making edibles at home and you now have lots of time to try your hand at it. Here is a simple recipes to make and share via technology. You could host a virtual cannabis-induced meal with friends.

Marijuana Elote en Vaso (Mexican Style Street Food Corn)

4 Ears sweet corn
1 tablespoon cannabis infused butter
6 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese see note above

1 teaspoon hot sauce more or less to taste
lime wedges for garnish


1. Remove corn from cobs and place in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 3 minutes. Drain.
2. Mix hot corn with remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Divide between 4 serving glasses and garnish with additional lime wedges. Serve hot.

Recipe by Cheri Sicard. Serves 4

Stay safe, everybody!


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