US cannabis industry figures revealed this week that to avoid spreading the deadly coronavirus, marijuana smokers should avoid sharing joints and opt for edible products.

“As long as cultures have consumed cannabis, the practice of sharing a joint amongst friends has been a common social practice,” said Erik Altieri, executive director of NORML.

“But given what we know about Covid-19 and its transmission, it would be mindful during this time to halt this behaviour,” he stated.

Altieri has urged users to not share the various tools they might use to smoke marijuana. This includes bongs, water pipes or vaping pens. He also suggests cleaning them with disinfectant gel.

“Further, because Covid-19 is a respiratory illness, some may wish to limit or avoid their exposure to combustive smoke – as this can put undue stress and strain on the lungs,” the statement said.

“The use of edibles or tinctures can eliminate smoke exposure entirely,” Altieri said in the statement.

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