Even those who have just returned from Mars or a subterranean hideaway are aware of the COVID-19 virus. In a matter of weeks, it has caused panic in a significant proportion of the world. While it seemingly began in China, it quickly rampaged its way through Asia and then Europe and the United States. Now, the virus exists in many countries in the world.
While China, Japan, and South Korea attempt to regain a semblance of normality, many other nations remain on lockdown. We have witnessed the other side of what happens when ‘First World’ nations face a crisis. We see solidarity for sure, but also scenes where people ‘panic’ shop and fight septuagenarians for toilet paper.
One of the main issues faced by societies gripped by the Coronavirus is isolation. Businesses have shut down to deal with the pandemic, and governments advise populations to practice social distancing. Aside from exercising and shopping for food, we’re better off remaining indoors.
If you suspect you have the virus, or indeed it is confirmed, we wish you the best of luck in your fight. Individuals in this category must ‘quarantine’ themselves to ensure they don’t spread what is a highly contagious virus. This self-imposed solitude is unnerving for many. What better way to pass the time than with a few great marijuana strains? Let’s take a look at five of the best.
Should I Smoke Marijuana in Quarantine? *
*We are NOT qualified to provide medical advice.
Before we proceed, let’s analyze whether it is a good idea to use weed in quarantine. Realistically, it is best not to smoke cannabis if you have COVID-19 (or any virus) or believe you have it. It is a novel virus, so we don’t know a great deal about it. However, THC is immunosuppressive, which means it could compromise your body’s immune response. This is the last thing you want when a virus has invaded your body.
The process of smoking is also an issue due to the impact on the lungs. There are studies with contradictory results regarding the effects of smoking marijuana on the lungs. Nonetheless, the Coronavirus seemingly devastates the lungs. Common sense suggests that you don’t want to cause any damage to them by smoking just as a virus gets into your system!
Therefore, this guide is primarily for those who are in ‘quarantine’ or self-isolation because of a lockdown. We will show you the best strains to get you through the process of staying indoors for most of the day. Cannabis could help alleviate the boredom: Get high and watch Pineapple Express for an example of what we mean! You may also find that it helps manage the symptoms of any anxiety or stress you might have.
Cannabis Quarantine Best Practices
One of the great things about marijuana legalization in some states is the ease of access. At the time of writing, marijuana dispensaries in legal states are classified as ‘essential’ businesses. Ideally, however, you will take advantage of an online service that delivers weed to your door. Unfortunately, such services are few and far between, and only available in certain states. The next best thing is to find a ‘click and collect’ service.
Here are a few other tips on using marijuana during quarantine:
- If you choose high-THC strains, imbibe responsibly. Research suggests that excessive THC consumption can exacerbate symptoms of stress and anxiety in some individuals.
- Those concerned about their lungs should use one of the many other consumption methods available. Marijuana concentrates have their place, as do vaporizers. Edibles are a great way to enjoy weed without combustion. Make sure you wait at least an hour to feel the effects.
- When was the last time you cleaned your grinder? Check it for kief to help add a little ‘edge’ to your cannabis session.
- Consider creating moon rocks to help pass the time. We only recommend this process to experienced users and those with a very high tolerance. This form of weed involves dipping buds in concentrate and rolling them in kief! You can learn more in our guide to making moon rocks.
- If you don’t want to get high, consider high-CBD strains such as Charlotte’s Web and ACDC.
- Don’t forget accessories! Make sure you have enough lighters, papers, and disinfectant wipes!
Hopefully, we have given you some useful information on using marijuana while in quarantine. Let’s check out the best strains for the job below.
1 – Golden Ticket
The strain likely gets its name from the famous tickets won by the children in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is a balanced hybrid that’s a cross of Face Off OG and Golden Goat. Archive Seed Bank created what is a heavy-hitting marijuana strain, with a THC content of between 16% and 25%. Its CBD content often reaches 1%.
Archive used Face Off OG for its potency and combined it with the strong terpene profile of Golden Goat. Despite the high THC level, you don’t get stoned immediately when using Golden Ticket. It can take up to half an hour after the first puff to get the full impact. Initially, you may experience a euphoric rush that becomes more intense with each toke.
Users often claim that waves of negativity wash away, an ideal scenario when quarantined with your thoughts! If you have work to do at home, a couple of puffs is likely enough to boost productivity. One or two hours after using the Golden Ticket strain, you could feel a light pressure moving from the head to the rest of the body. The result is a feeling of complete calm without couch lock.
2 – Gorilla Glue #1
Although GG#4 is more famous and popular, there is a lot to be said for using GG#1 right now. While it retains the potency of its siblings, it is a little more sedative. The result is a soothing feeling that brings you a step closer to tranquility. If being quarantined makes you feel anxious, this strain can help keep you content.
Gorilla Glue #1 is a cross of Chocolate Diesel and Chem’s Sister. It is incredibly potent with a THC content of 25-28% and just 1% CBD. It is an indica dominant strain that offers a coffee and chocolate flavor. In general, you can expect a high that primarily affects the body, and this strain is ideal for evening use.
Please note that GG#1 is not for newbies, and it makes you feel heavily sedated. Users say that they feel a powerful narcotic effect that provides almost instant relaxation. You may experience a drowsy euphoric feeling that helps you wind down at the end of a long day. Make sure you keep a glass of water handy because GG#1 could induce cottonmouth.
3 – Mars OG
Despite the name, Mars OG is moderately potent, and not strong enough to make you think you’re on a faraway planet! It is a strongly indica-dominant hybrid that’s a cross of OG Kush and Mars. With a THC content of 16-20%, it will have a relatively powerful effect but shouldn’t prove overwhelming when used sensibly.
Users report feeling a gentle onset of intoxication, ideal when you want to unwind without getting completely stoned. It doesn’t take long for the indica side of Mars OG to take effect. It works its way to the body and helps take the tension out of your muscles. Crucially, however, it never threatens to make you feel lazy.
Mars OG is an excellent option if you have problems getting to sleep. Temporary insomnia is understandable if you permit the isolation of quarantine to get to you. It is also a strain that doesn’t have a robust flavor profile. One word of warning: This strain could cause you to cough occasionally. Please explain this to any housemates you have before they think it is something else!
4 – Donkey Butter
It only takes a whiff of this strain to understand why it got its name! If you can get past the distinctive odor, you will find that it is the ideal quarantine companion. Exotic Genetix created Donkey Butter, which is a cross of Grease Monkey and Triple OG. The former is also an Exotic Genetix creation.
Donkey Butter is potentially an extremely potent strain with a THC content of 18-27% and minimal CBD. Be warned: When you smoke this strain, the acrid smoke will make your eyes water, so leave a window open! It is an indica-dominant strain that provides a high that starts slowly and builds up.
You will likely not feel particularly intoxicated for up to 30 minutes after the first few puffs. Once it takes hold, you should experience a calming cerebral high that feels great during an afternoon of lockdown. However, make sure you use Donkey Butter conservatively, or else you will find it tough to make basic decisions!
5 – Banana OG
You are in for a surprise if you expect Banana OG to have dessert-like qualities! In reality, it stinks to high heaven, and the flavor is more citrus and pine than banana. That said, there is a hint of the tropics in this strain when you light it. It was probably bred in the United States and is a cross of OG Kush and Banana Kush.
It is another indica dominant strain with a high THC content of 23-27% and perhaps up to 1% CBD. Banana OG is yet another example of a deceiving strain. Its initial effects seem mellow and belie the massive THC percentage. At first, you will get a gentle body buzz and perhaps an unusual feeling on the back of your head.
The buzz spreads throughout the body without ceremony, and you will likely find yourself relaxed. THEN it really gets to work! From chilling on your sofa, you will suddenly experience a wonderful feeling of euphoria. Users state that once they are intoxicated and comfortable after using Banana OG, they have no desire to go anywhere else. It sounds like an ideal scenario when in quarantine!
Final Thoughts on the Best Marijuana Strains for Quarantine
Although living in lockdown seems like a pain in the ass, it doesn’t need to be torturous. A lot of people have access to the Internet, food, and even Netflix, so it isn’t as if we must fight on the fields of the Somme! Nonetheless, staying in quarantine is incredibly boring for those who enjoy socializing. Try some of the strains we mention above to help make the process feel less monotonous.
When you use cannabis sensibly, it could help with any feelings of anxiety or stress you may have. However, it is best if you steer clear of smoking or vaping weed. If you are quarantining yourself due to a virus that impacts your immune system, inhaling vapor or smoke isn’t the best idea. Only smoke or vape if you have already been isolated long enough to know you don’t have an illness. Otherwise, consider edibles, topicals, or tinctures.