8 Women On How Much Weed They’re Smoking In Quarantine

Article by Carli Whitwell, Refinery29

8 Women On How Much Weed They’re Smoking In Quarantine CARLI WHITWELL

Turns out White Claws and jigsaw puzzles aren’t our only go-tos to help pass the time during quarantineCannabis sales in Ontario are up 600% since the state of emergency started, and doubtless other provinces are also noticing such highs (pun very much intended).
Canadian women are indulging almost as much as men, with many of us reaching for a now-legal joint or gummy rather than a cocktail at the end of yet another day of being bored in the house, in the house bored. As one reader put it, “I would rather have a puff of my vape pen than a couple of glasses of wine every night.”
A word of warning if you’re smoking, rather than ingesting, cannabis. Because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, smoking or vaping, whether it’s cigarettes or pot, can make a case of coronavirus more severe.
Here’s what eight Canadian women had to say about their current weed consumption during COVID-19.
“I smoke everyday — strains that are more THC-based — totalling at least one joint every two to three days. I get it from a friend. I’m smoking more due to more time on my hands more than being anxious, but it does help. Anything excessive is not a good thing. I hope to detox soon — hopefully.” — Sandra
“I smoke four to five times a week. Always at night to help me unwind after long hours of editing. (I’m a freelancer.) Usually after I’ve delivered my content and cooked dinner, I smoke a 0.5 gram joint. I prefer strains that have around 17 to 25% THC. I’ve definitely been using more since the outbreak. Being home always meant relaxation and fun. Now it’s synonymous with work, school, and chilling with a girlfriend while smoking a doobie. For me, smoking weed during this pandemic has helped cope with the stress of everything. It elevates my mood and also lets me fall asleep.” — Malavika
“At the beginning of the quarantine, I’d have the occasional edible (specifically, a star-shaped chocolate made by Budhr Shop — shoutout to Mona, the best edible chocolatier in Toronto). For the next few weeks, I could feel my anxiety ramping up. I was laid off in the fall and am on a short-term consulting gig for now, so I am definitely worried about my job search. An edible or two before bed helped me to sleep. (But sadly, it often triggers a violent case of the munchies, driving me to eat everything in sight. EVERYTHING.) I’ve been trying to cut back — not because I’m worried about weed consumption, more so worried about weight gain.” — Sarah
“I have a couple of beers on the weekend and a couple of joints throughout the week. I smoke with my husband. I’m a nurse, and at the beginning of the pandemic, I felt a bit anxious not knowing what to expect and how bad it was going to be. But I actually don’t feel stressed anymore because I can’t control anything other than just doing my part with hand hygiene and personal protective equipment. I don’t think my consumption has gone up because I still work Monday to Friday, so my routine is fairly similar.” — Hollee
“I’m a frequent smoker, but thought I should try edibles instead because of the whole COVID-19 will fuck up your lungs/life. But that was just a bad idea. Edibles are a very different high, one that makes you feel less control because it takes longer to hit and the high lasts way longer. I already have anxiety because of the lack of control in my life RN, so edibles are a hard pass for me. Back to the bong life for me, lungs be damned. I’m smoking more now, for sure. I’ve been smoking weed since I was 13. I’d usually do four to six hits of the bong a week. Now it’s like three times that. We also made our own edibles (brownies) and had them for dessert with my friends who lived downstairs (we were sheltering-in-place in the same house) and we didn’t do our weed math right. We were all so high, it took me a full 24 hours to come down.” — Julia
“I’ve basically been microdosing everyday by either smoking a 1:1 THC/CBD joint or taking an edible. (The dose on gummies are usually 2.5 mg.) The dosing is so low, you’re not getting high but it’s just enough to mellow you out. I have mostly been using to help calm my anxiety and try to help me focus.” — Amanda

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