As COVID-19 cases continue with virtually no end in sight, many people, young and old, are complaining that social distancing protocols are deterring their social lives. From the closing of bars to new rules preventing on-campus college students from housing guests, virtually everyone in existence is searching for ways to cope with their new Partick Star-esque lifestyle. In Canada, British Columbia Premier John Horgan called upon Canadian actors like Seth Rogen and Ryan Reynolds to use their platform to positively affect the behavior of young people amid the pandemic.
“We need young people to understand that now is not the time to go to large parties. @VancityReynolds & @Sethrogen — please help spread the message to stop the spread of #COVID19,” Horgan tweeted.
We need young people to understand that now is not the time to go to large parties. @VancityReynolds & @Sethrogen – please help spread the message to stop the spread of #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/u9SodpRnxu
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) August 12, 2020
Doctor Rogen to the Rescue
Known as a long time cannabis advocate, the Pineapple Express star has even recently attributed his creative success in Hollywood to the plant.
“I smoke weed all day every day and have for the past 20 years,” Rogen stated in a Yahoo Entertainment interview earlier this month. “So I’d say by nature I’m always post-smoke. So every creative decision you’ve ever seen me make throughout my entire life has been made after smoking weed.”
Thus, it’s not surprising that Rogen’s advice on preventing the spread of COVID was as simple as smoking weed and watching movies.
“Please do not go out to parties and BBQs and other large gatherings!” The COVID is still out there,” tweeted Rogen. “It’s more fun to hang out alone and smoke weed and watch movies and TV shows anyway! Do that instead! Thank you!”
People of British Columbia! Please do not go out to parties and BBQs and other large gatherings! The COVID is still out there! It’s more fun to hang out alone and smoke weed and watch movies and TV shows anyway! Do that instead! Thank you!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 15, 2020
Along with thanking Rogen, Horgan reminded citizens not to “pass around drinks, smokes, tokes, and vapes,” as recommended by B.C.’s COVID-19 “Good Times Guide.”
Respiratory Illness and Smoking
While Rogen may have promoted cannabis’ benefits of isolation, it’s important to consider smoking’s effects in terms of respiratory illness.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) explains that, “because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, some of you may wish to limit or avoid their exposure to combustive smoke — as this can put undue stress and strain on the lungs.”
“Alternative delivery devices, such as vaporizer heating devices can significantly mitigate combustive smoke exposure, and of course, the use of edibles or tinctures can eliminate smoke exposure entirely,” adds NORML.
No reason to fret, though.
Written by Rita Thompson