Pass on the Puff Puff
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recommends refraining from “smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs” as a prevention tactic for COVID-19. Luckily, recreational weed has left us with a buffet of options, from edibles to sublinguals, that will keep our lungs in fighting shape.
Data from Headset shows people are already leaning into edibles and cannabis beverages, but flower numbers aren’t taking much of a hit. Data for Washington, California, Nevada, and Colorado show edible sales have grown to 14 percent from 11 percent of the market. Compared to an average Monday, California’s Plus Products Gummies sales jumped 157 percent and Lagunita’s Hi-Fi beverages went up 70 percent.
Pre-rolls aren’t doing so hot, supporting Washington data that people are moving away from low-volume flower purchases and buying more in the 7 to 28-gram range. To limit return trips, Oregon has introduced a temporary law for medical cardholders increasing the daily cannabis purchase amount to 28 ounces, but the maximum monthly amount remains at 32 ounces.
If you’ve already stocked up on flower, you can save it for later by keeping it in a cool, dark place (air-tight glass containers are the best) or use it now by making your own cannabutter for edibles. Freezing is ill-advised as it will degrade the quality; in addition to destroying delicate trichomes, the weed is susceptible to temperature and humidity fluctuations. Your fridge/freezer is not constantly running and the freezer will not get cold enough to successfully flash freeze flower. Even if you’re fine with weak weed, defrosting it opens up the possibility for mold to grow. Basically, just put it in a cupboard or make some brownies.