Owing to its countless health benefits, medical marijuana is considered to be essential for those who use it to manage medical conditions. It’s particularly helpful for those with arthritis, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and many other illnesses.

However, is it safe for you to continue ordering your medical marijuana supplies amidst a global pandemic? Read on to find out:

Can COVID-19 spread via packages?

According to the World Health Organization, the coronavirus mainly spreads through respiratory air droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. However, these droplets are heavy and don’t stay suspended in the air for too long. Eventually, they fall onto a surface; this may include packaging.

Does this mean that you’re at risk of contracting coronavirus if you touch a package? Not necessarily.

As per another research, the virus remains infective on these surfaces for around 24 hours, after which it’s not necessarily a threat. A medical marijuana delivery usually takes longer than this, considering it has to go from a dispensary or a warehouse to your doorstep. Furthermore, even with same-day deliveries, you can take precautions to minimize the risk.

How to handle medical marijuana deliveries safely?

Here are a few precautionary measures that you must take:


According to the BBC, any package that has been disinfected with a disinfectant that contains 62 to 71% alcohol can inactivate the virus within a minute. Do the same for any medical marijuana package you receive. For further guidance, review the list of reliable disinfectants released by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Make sure you’re disinfecting the package thoroughly and immediately after you receive it. Don’t bring it inside the house without disinfecting it first. Wear gloves while you’re at it. Once you’re done, dispose of both the gloves and the wipes.


Accept the package from a distance

Social distancing applies in this case too. Contact your marijuana dispensary and get them to tell the delivery person to drop the package at a distance. Try and get in touch with them yourself to guide them accordingly. This will allow you to avoid coming into direct contact with them. This is known as contactless delivery.

Once they’ve dropped it safely outside the house, you can disinfect it and take it inside. We recommend making your payments online, so you don’t have to touch cash that was touched by someone else.


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