Author’s Note: This piece was written by a germaphobe.

Neglect about the illegal vapes that are placing Americans in early graves, there is an additional significant overall health concern taking location across the United States appropriate now that cannabis customers need to be concerned about. Contact us paranoid, contact it propaganda, hell, quit what you are undertaking appropriate now and contact the godforsaken CDC.

There is now proof displaying that all of these communal smoke sessions that stoned society has taken element in all of these decades is actually no distinct than if we dragged our tongues across the business enterprise finish of a toilet seat. All sorts of vile contagions linger on these bongs and bowls that most of us pass about all willy nilly and they could rather possibly infect the masses with a vicious zombie plague that threatens humanity with extinction. Or perhaps we’re just getting overly dramatic.

But that is not to say we are not concerned about how these social smoke circles that have grow to be so prevalent amongst the cannabis scene are setting us up for a lot more sickness. What’s a lot more is these illnesses, such as the typical cold and flu, are avoidable if we’d just exercising a bit of caution.

A study from the people at California-primarily based Moose Labs shows that marijuana smoking devices essentially include 50% a lot more bacteria than a toilet seat. Let that sink in for a minute. Taking into consideration some of the crappers we’ve come across in our time, this statistic is regarding, to say the least.

“An astounding level of bacteria was identified on cannabis pipes, vaporizers, and joints substantially greater than what was initially anticipated,” the study reads. “In reality, it was complicated to come across a neutral object in day-to-day life that was as contaminated as a cannabis pipe.”

Certain, we have an understanding of that not all bacteria is evil and determined to infiltrate the human physique to wreak havoc in such a way that spawns a vicious outbreak as opposed to any we’ve ever observed in the films. But there is no denying that there are some germs out there whose only mission in their disgusting existence is to turn people’s systems inside out and make them really feel like a heaping pile a dog crap.

And these small critters are hanging onto our pot paraphernalia for dear life.

Not only are these tiny beasts gathering as a outcome of the individuals we share our bongs with, but there can also be unsafe bacteria in the weed itself, in our bong water, and, effectively, you are just going to have to excuse us a minute when we go vomit up a lung. How we’ve all managed to stay away from getting quarantined is beyond us. Marijuana may well be safer than a lot of factors, but how we consume it just is not.

So it stands to purpose that we will have to do every thing in our energy to safeguard ourselves from these microscopic orgies of destruction. But what can we do to hold these gnarly varmints from producing us ill?

There are a plethora of techniques to smoke marijuana safely without the need of exposing oneself to foul bacteria.

For starters, just quit smoking weed with other individuals. We reside in a time exactly where legal marijuana dispensaries carry a assortment of pot goods developed for individual use. This is not freaking 1973. There need to under no circumstances come a time when 10 individuals are sitting about a space taking hits off the identical joint, bowl or bong.

Repeat just after me, BYOW — bring your personal weed!

The cannabis trade is usually speaking about legalizing marijuana like alcohol. Effectively, we’ve got news for you, people. Men and women who drink do not sit about passing a single bottle of Coors Light to every other till absolutely everyone in the space gets a swig. Unless they are in a back alley someplace and desperate as hell, absolutely everyone ordinarily has their personal bottle since — wait for it — swapping spit with strangers (and even individuals we know) in pursuit of a buzz is just gross. Like way beyond just operating the threat of catching the yacks!

Did you know that smoking weed with other individuals can spread herpes? HERPES. Come on tokers, aside from catching a cold or the flu a lot more often than most — “Gee, I wonder why I’m sick all the time” — there is usually a possibility that you could finish up with sores sprouting from your lips that are destined to ride it out with you till the bitter finish. Getting stoned is fairly fantastic, but it is not worth risking searching like a deleted scene from 1 of these “Sex and You” videos they utilized to show teens in overall health class.

No way, no how, no, thank you!

Thankfully, there are some possibilities out there for these amongst the old college who just flat out refuse to quit smoking weed with other individuals. Moose Labs, god bless them, has designed a line of protected smoking accessories that can be utilized to support protect against the spread of bacteria and illness. They have a thing known as the MouthPeace, which permits a particular person to take a hit off a bong without the need of placing their lips exactly where other individuals have been just before. There are also bong condoms that operate similarly to standard prophylactics in the sense that they safeguard the physique from getting infected with creepy crawlies.

But we’ve under no circumstances observed any person use these security goods just before. Possibly that is just since most people didn’t recognize they existed. Nevertheless, we do not really feel confident that these smoking attachments are going to save higher humans from all of the coughing and wheezing they have endured more than the years due to this careless behavior. And we’re definitely good that it is not going to protect against individuals from obtaining to clarify to their substantial other that it was the bong, not an additional particular person, that essentially gave them an STD.

Sadly, there is some progress that desires to be created with respect to the cannabis scene these days, and it begins with weed connoisseurs getting significantly less Cheech and Chong and a lot more Howard Hughes.

Inform US, are you scared of germs when it comes to toking with other individuals?