By Melissa Hutsell
Public health officials all over the world are urging populations to practice social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
It’s not a drill. Residents in several Bay Area counties in California are sheltering in place. Healthy and at-risk populations are being urged to stay 6 ft. apart, and cancel events and gatherings of 10 people or more.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these guidelines be in place for the next eight weeks.
Ready yourselves not with copious amounts of toilet paper, or BHA ridden water bottles—but with enough indoor entertainment to keep your spirits high. Enter the Emerald’s guide to staying safe and entertained indoors during the global health crisis (below).
But first, make sure to follow the CDC’s guidelines—wash your hands, clean your pieces religiously, and bogart your joints for the foreseeable future. Also, make sure to have fun.
Make a Gravity Bong
One way to cope with a quarantine is to get high AF. Perhaps the most effective way to do just that is with a gravity bong—and they’re easy to create with household items.
Here’s what you’ll need, according to Emerald contributor, Rita Thompson.
- Plastic bottle (ideally 16-20 oz)
- Bucket, or 2 liter plastic bottle
- Aluminum foil
- Knife or box cutter
- Bud of choice
Take a look at the video below for a visual, step-by-step-process.
Check out the Emerald‘s list of safe and fun DIY smoking devices for more ideas here.
Learn How to Make Your own Edibles, and More Free Online Courses
Cooking and baking are some of the best ways to stay cheerful when cooped up inside. And there are plenty of recipes, and courses available online for the novel or expert chef.
Cheri Sicard, aka Cannabis Cheri, offers a free course for those interested in making their own edibles. The course teaches consumers how to properly dose their food for medical or recreational purposes, and covers the most crucial elements of infusion.
In light of the global pandemic, LinkedIn Learning has opened up a number of free courses for those working from home. Check those out here.
Many industry wide events are postponed, including Hall of Flowers in California. But, networking opportunities are moving online. For example, Women Empowered in Cannabis is partnering with Tokeativity to host online events this April.
Get Creative, and be Playful
Board games are an interactive, and family-fun source of entertainment. But if you’re tired of the classics, try these cannabis-inspired card games:
- Higher Thought and Sparked—Two Q and A style card games intended to inspire conversation and connection
- Deluxe Weed—A strategy game with the objective to grow the most plants in your garden (while avoiding busts and pests).
- Ganjaland: An Epic Weed Adventure—a board game where the first player to arrive at the bud brick gets to wear a literal crown.
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Arts and crafts can be the ultimate cure to boredom for the artistically inclined stoner. Get lost for hours in these adult-themed coloring books:
- Color Me Stoned—the book includes an A to Z list of different strains, from Acapulco Gold to Zombie OG.
- Sloths Who Smoke and Drink—includes 14 designs, such as 420 sloth, sloths at a bar, party time sloth, and tequila sloth.
- Day Trip:The Stoner’s Psychedelic Coloring Book—The book’s 40 hippiesque illustrations range from spaceships to giant mushrooms.
TELL US—what are your favorite ways to stay entertained indoors?
This post has been updated to include networking events, and museum tours.