What have you done for your hands lately? They have done a lot for you from holding a burger to raising a glass. They’ve rolled a blunt or two and maybe even packed a bowl of the finest cannabis. We tend to neglect our hands and take them for granted until we really need them.
Croptober is in full swing and that can only mean that there are tons and tons of cannabis flower ready and waiting to be expertly manicured. For those not lucky enough to have trimming machines or just stay true to the roots of cannabis harvesting have become quite close with a set of Fiskar scissors.
We’ve asked questions, done research and got our hands dirty to determine the best ways to keep your hands healthy this harvest season.
If you’ve ever touched weed you know how sticky your fingers can get. If you trim with bare hands the trichomes will build up on your fingers and it can be difficult to remove. Using disposable gloves will protect your hands from the build up of trichomes and the need to use chemicals to remove them from your skin, causing it to dry out and crack.
2.STOP USING CRAPPY SOAP
Avoid soap with alcohol in it. This will help avoid dry cracking hands. Try a soap with moisturizer in it. Nivea, Aveda or Aveeno usually have great options. Dry cracking hands can lead to painful or sore wounds on your skin making it uncomfortable to use your hands during harvest.
3.BECOME AQUAINTED WITH VASELINE
Vaseline or any petroleum jelly can become your best friend during dry times. Cracked skin is an open wound, again making it uncomfortable to use your hands. Applying vaseline on dry areas won’t make it heal faster but it will prevent it from drying up during the healing process and reopening a wound.
4.CLEAN YOUR NAILS
Clean nails are a huge part of keeping healthy hands. Start by putting soap under the white parts of your nails and scrub with nail brush. Clip your nails as necessary and clip back any hangnails or rugged cuticles. Water and dirt can get in-between these and cause infection.
Trimming can keep your hands in an unnatural position for extended periods of time. Give them relief with a short massage whenever you apply moisturizer. A good time to apply moisturizer is immediately after washing your hands. This helps to lock in more moisture. Using a cream with urea will help to gently remove any unwanted calluses. But don’t use it on chapped skin as anything with acid will sting.