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Heylo's Fight Against COVID-19

Heylo's Fight Against COVID-19

April 17, 2020
What is Heylo doing to fight the spread of COVID-19 and help our community come together through a period of physical distancing. A message from our CEO Lo Friesen.

In March of 2020, Wasington’s Governor Jay Inslee ordered the temporary closing of all non-essential physical businesses during a critical response period of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Cannabis was included in the list of essential businesses and Heylo recognizes the significance of this decision and how it will be reflected on the future of cannabis. As a company Heylo has a responsibility, more than ever, to show up for our community and support those in need. This responsibility extends beyond just staying open and providing jobs. Here’s an overview of the steps we’re taking.

Sanitation Practices and Ethanol Donation

We have taken the gravity of this virus very seriously and have increased the frequency and vigor of our cleaning and sanitation practices. We are fortunate to have the space to practice physical distancing while operating as usual. We have partnered with Community Integrated Services, a company with a strong mission and impacting those most vulnerable, to donate our 190-proof organic ethanol in order to help their community stay safe. 

“Community Integrated Services, a supported living company providing community based residential support services to adults with developmental disabilities would like to thank the Heylo team for helping our organization prevent the spread of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through their donations of organic ethanol we have been able to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness while protecting our team and community.” 

- Charles Morton, Clinical Director of CIS

In addition, Heylo is donating disposable gowns and swabs to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. We are grateful to have found a partner to receive these donations. 

Donation of Profits 

We are donating 5% of our profits to the Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund between March 20, 2020 and April 20, 2020. The COVID-19 Response Fund is rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Zero-Margin Cannabis Sanitizer

In March we released HIGHgiene, a cannabis sanitizer with 70% ethanol and 100mg of cannabinoids (2:1 ratio of THC-CBD). Not only does it help sanitize, but it helps educate around the antiviral and antibacterial compounds within cannabis, including cannabinoids and terpenes.

Explore why cannabis sanitizer actually makes sense on our blog.

Practicing Gratitude and Building Community

Cannabis is a plant that has fostered community for centuries, if not millenia. “420” as a number and a date (April 20th) has been a signifier of the community in the modern era of cannabis. This 4/20 is a special one - 4/20/2020, or “4/20 all month long”. As such, we’re taking the significance of this month to practice gratitude for all that we have, and how far we as a community have come. 

  • The Heylo team is grateful to have work and to be able to serve our retail partners
  • We are grateful for those who are caring for the sick, in hospitals and at home 
  • We are grateful for our community of supporters

420 Digital Disco with SassyBlack

On 4/20/20 at 4:00pm PT the Heylo Instagram will be taken over by Seattle artist and DJ SassyBlack for a one-hour variety show in celebration of the holiday. The event will feature prizes, special guests, and a dope dance party. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event, free and available anywhere! More information is available on Facebook.

Authored by

Lo Friesen

Lo is the founder and CEO of Heylo Cannabis. She is an environmental chemist with passions including gastroenterology, golf, and cannabis science.

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