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Marijuana and concerts have been a thing since the beginning of marijuana and concerts.
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Ready or not, live music could celebrate its long-awaited return in 2021. Although the COVID-19 debacle suspended concerts for more than a year, some believe events in the US will make a comeback in the months ahead.
Bob Ruox, President of Live Nation’s US Concerts, recently told Rolling Stone: “All the signs point to 2021 returning to the summer concert season we all know and love. With vaccines available to everyone in May, we are confident that events can soon be back to normal.
To some nervous music lovers, this welcome view sounds like things could go back to normal, and everything everyone loves about live shows – camaraderie with strangers, expensive beers, and free drugs – could be on the verge of a resurgence.
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But not so fast. While Americans will likely get out to feed their ears this summer, caution remains. Most of the restrictions on vaccination time are likely associated with limited seating and masks, but there is another important health issue: smoking weed with others.
Marijuana and concerts have been a thing since the beginning of marijuana and concerts. Many people actually had their first weed experience seeing musicians on stage. But times change, although Bob Dylan probably never imagined his lyrics, which means people would have to change the way pot is used as part of the concert experience.
Even with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who says people should be able to feel safe in “early to mid-fall” staying in an audience, the science around virus spread remains the same. Perhaps getting a hit from the joint passed around in the crowd isn’t the best move this year.
So far it has been known that COVID-19 migrates from person to person mainly via respiratory droplets, which is why masks are used. This means that smoking marijuana (or anything else) with others should be avoided.
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Studies have shown that smoking cannabis is a dirty business anyway. According to a 2020 study, bongs, bowls, and vape pens contain 50 percent more bacteria than a public toilet and around 90 percent more than a dumpster.
In addition, the average smoking device contains 1,304 percent more bacteria than a dog food bowl, 530 percent more than a cell phone screen, 92 percent more than an ATM keypad, and 62 percent more than a shopping cart handle.
So, yes, smoking marijuana in a communal setting is pretty gross. Although many are being vaccinated to fight off COVID-19 – and studies have shown vaccinations are extremely effective – they are still ready to leak the cannabis equivalent of a toilet seat. In the interests of a healthier America, it might be better if concerts are BYOB for now.
It is conceivable that from now on we will have to rethink how we use pot at concerts. With legalization in more US states, this may be easier now than it was in the past.
There are quite a number of cannabis products on the market these days that are designed for the personal potty experience. Edibles and vape pens are among the most popular.
Many old stoners may refuse to give up smoking as their preferred method of consumption, and that’s perfectly fine. These people are needed to fill the concert air with the aroma of weed so everyone else knows that the drum solo is around the corner. Just keep that wet fish lip petri dish to yourself.
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