Cannabis and Self-Care
August 6, 2020 in Health Tips
We are all living through one of the most stressful times in living memory; a pandemic and all its repercussions. For many, this includes caring for children and worrying about aged parents. Millions have lost their jobs. Those lucky enough to still have jobs which they can perform remotely are juggling work, childcare and home responsibilities. Many people are experiencing anxiety and helplessness due to several factors such as social unrest, climate change and quarantine. Making time for self-care these days is more important than ever to maintain both physical and mental equilibrium. Adding cannabis products to your daily routine may go a long way to do just that. In this article I will present just some of the many ideas on how you can incorporate cannabis into your self-care regimen.
Those of you who already practice yoga appreciate its many benefits; improves flexibility, mobility and balance, increases serotonin levels which improve your mood, increases circulation and blood flow, increases focus and energy levels and promotes relaxation. You can practice yoga in the safety of your own home thanks to technology. Choose an uplifting strain and a delivery method that will keep you in a constant state of relaxation during your entire yoga class in order to reap the most benefits.
Meditation is not easy to master for many people. We live in a world where it is increasingly difficult to turn off your thoughts and to allow your mind to experience full silence. Meditation is great for getting rid of negative thoughts, managing stress and anxiety, improving self-awareness and improving your quality of life. By adding cannabis to your meditation sessions, you may find that it increases more fully your ability to turn off, tune out and relax more deeply.
While all you need is a comfortable, quiet spot in which to sit or lie down for meditation, you may find that you need some assistance. There are many online meditation classes which include guided imagery and diaphragmatic breathing instruction. It is recommended that you add cannabis to your meditation routine only after you become comfortable with it.
One of the best ways to manage stress and anxiety, to build up stamina, increase muscle strength, mobility and flexibility is through exercise. There are so many possibilities from walking, jogging, swimming and bicycling to pilates, weight and strength training, either outside, at home or at the gym, if safe to do so. It is crucial to find a type of exercise that you enjoy enough to engage in on a regular basis. I wrote a previous article about the benefits of using cannabis during exercise. Here is the link.
Go Out Into Nature
Many of us already have a “happy place” out in nature which acts as a calming influence. Combine that with cannabis and it doesn’t take long to feel the stress leaving your body. Mine is going down to Lake Michigan and walking along the beach or sitting and watching the waves.
Do Something That Makes You Laugh
Laughter is the best medicine and there is all sorts of research which supports the claim that it is good for your health. Laughter does the following:
1. Relaxes your entire body, especially your muscles
2. Boosts the immune system by lowering stress hormones
3. Triggers the release of endorphins
4. Protects the heart
5. Burns calories
6. Diffuses anger and conflict
7. Adds joy and improves your mood
8. Strengthens relationships
9. Just may increase your life-expectancy
Cannabis is great for allowing you to get in touch with your silly side, so choose a funny movie or a comedy special and enjoy!
Cannabis Bath Products
For many people, a hot bath is the epitome of relaxation. Now, imagine adding cannabis oil or a cannabis bath bomb and the resulting experience will take pain-relief and relaxation to new heights.
If you spend many hours in front of your computer, you probably suffer from neck and shoulder pain as well as sore wrists, possibly even carpal tunnel syndrome. Keep a 1:1 CBD:THC topical at your workstation and make sure you take regular breaks at least every hour. Massage your cannabis lotion or salve into your neck, hands, wrists and forearms. Make sure you get up and walk around.
Cannabis As A Nutritional Supplement
Full-spectrum cannabis oil, hemp seed oil and hemp seeds are full of protein, fatty acids, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Add hemp milk or hemp seeds to your fruit smoothie for a nutritious start to your day.
Try New and Different Delivery Methods
Have you tried using a cannabis transdermal patch or a suppository? They both offer almost immediate relief due to the direct-to-bloodstream path. This means that the active ingredients in cannabis avoid having to pass through your digestive system and your liver before they reach the cannabinoid receptors.
Cannabis suppositories provide the highest bioavailability of any delivery method at about 80 %. Compare that to about 35% when ingesting cannabis orally and about 15 % for smoking. With any inhalation method, you immediately get a high dose which is quickly metabolized by the body.
Rectal delivery delivers maximum relief with no side-effects and no psychotropic effects and starts working within 10-15 minutes. The delivery of the medicine is slow and steady which results in longer periods of relief and instant stimulation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Trandermal Cannabis Patches
In addition to providing direct-to-bloodstream delivery, transdermal patches afford better dosing control. Once you establish the lowest dosage of medicine that works for you, you can administer the precise dose every time. Patches are portable, discreet, produce no odor, are easy to apply, have no toxic byproducts and provide continual relief for 8-12 hours.
I hope these suggestions are helpful in finding ways to improve your quality of life during the pandemic.
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