Eat Better - Drink Less - Exercise More
Some of you reading this - with kale smoothie in hand, or on the treadmill - are crushing your New Year’s resolutions. Congratulations!
This isn’t for you.
This is for us who are on the tipping point of giving up. We’ve cleaned the junk food and booze out of the pantry and renewed that gym membership. We have the passion and momentum, but it’s fading fast.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle is hard, especially when you take on the ‘Big 3’ at the same time: alcohol, diet, and exercise. Getting up early to go to the gym instead of sleeping in, making healthy eating choices instead of indulging at will, and going without that unwinding evening drink gets old pretty quick.
If that’s you, you’re probably thinking it’s about time to call it quits, delete that resolution post, and start scrolling Postmates for a restaurant that’ll deliver a bottle of wine with your meal.
But you’re not going to quit! You’re going to keep those resolutions with the help of cannabis.
Cannabis offers many wellness and recreational resources that can help you get through when you’re ready to give up.
Here are some ways cannabis can help you tackle the Big 3!
Cannabis & Exercise
You might think it’s ironic to associate cannabis with exercise, but there are plenty of ways cannabis can help you maintain an active lifestyle. In fact, many health-minded people consume cannabis prior to exercising.
Yes, certain cannabis strains and products, especially Indica and Indica-dominant Hybrids, have sedative effects. The strain formerly known as Gorilla Glue (now branded as GG#4, Glue, or The Glue) earned its name because its effects ‘glue’ you to the couch. But, there are also strains and products whose euphoric effects are uplifting and invigorating.
Sativas and certain Hybrids can offer more energy than a cup of coffee or energy drink. You’ll feel ready to go, filled with energy to burn. But the physical motivation is only half of the experience of combining cannabis and exercise.
Cannabis’ euphoric properties are physical and mental. Sativas and Sativa-dominant Hybrids can instill both physical energy as well as mental clarity and focus. You’ll finally have the strength and willpower to make it through leg day!
Finding the right product is easy. Consult one of our knowledgeable Budtenders to learn more about strains and products that offer these properties.
Cannabis & Exercise Recovery
A tough workout recovery can discourage you from maintaining a daily gym habit. There’s nothing worse than exercising with burning, sore muscles.
Being sore is one of the biggest excuses we use to skip the gym. Not anymore.
There are a host of cannabis recovery products that can erase the pain and the excuses. Among them are topical creams, tinctures, and patches that are infused with cannabis extracts to target specific problem areas. You’ll also find ingestibles, which can offer whole-body relief.
Cannabis has a long list of healing properties, including:
- Muscle relaxant
- Bronchodilator (increased oxygen intake)
- And more
Cannabis recovery products are infused with a variety of cannabis compounds. You’ll find CBD, THC, CBN, and CBG cannabinoids blended with known wellness properties to ease your pain and keep you on that gym schedule. Many of these products are non-euphoric, meaning you won’t get ‘high’ from applying a CBD recovery cream. This is welcome news for people looking to benefit from cannabis’ wellness benefits without experiencing the intoxicating effects of THC.
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Cannabis & Diet
As noted, not all cannabis gets you high. In fact, hemp contains miniscule euphoric properties, which means you can eat all the tasty hemp seeds you want and only feel kind of guilty. Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts as they’re commonly known, have a mild, nutty flavor that is incredibly versatile in the kitchen.
Hemp hearts are quickly gaining popularity for their many benefits, which include:
- Fighting inflammation
- Boosting immune system
- Rich in fatty acids
- High in protein and calcium
- And more
Even though it can contain trace amounts of THC, hemp is non-psychoactive and you definitely won’t feel any euphoric effects. Hemp hearts come from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is the same plant that produces THC. The difference is that hemp plants are selected and bred for their extremely low amounts of THC and high amounts of other beneficial compounds.
Hemp hearts can be prepared in many different ways. Snack on them out-of-hand, raw. Sprinkle them on everything from yogurt to avocado toast. Or, blend them into smoothies, soups, and dips. There are plenty of recipes to be found online.
Chock full of vitamins and essential fatty acids, hemp hearts are a great way to introduce cannabis into your dietary routine.
Cannabis & The Munchies
Let’s get to the real question: Doesn’t cannabis give you the munchies?
Yes and no. Cannabis, especially high-THC cannabis products might stimulate the release of ghrelin, a hormone that can trigger the feeling of hunger. But feeling hungry and being hungry are two different things.
It’s important to create a meal schedule and stick to it if you want to avoid losing to the munchies. Knowing your stomach is already full makes a big difference if hunger hits hard. It can take a bit of willpower to overcome, but that’s what resolutions are all about, right? Just know that it’s a reaction to the effects, not actual hunger.
But be ready just in case those munchies just won’t go away. Prepare some healthy snacks before using high-THC products. You might be preparing a fruit bowl thinking: ‘I don’t want this!’ But all that changes when the munchies come on.
And don’t forget to keep healthy drinks on hand. Cannabis can also cause dry mouth, which promotes bad breath, so make sure to drink plenty of water.
If you find that high-THC products over-stimulate your appetite, try some lower-THC options. Since THC is the stimulating factor for the release of ghrelin, lower-THC products might help alleviate that issue.
Experiment with a variety of cannabis products to find out which ones least cause you the munchies.
Cannabis & Alcohol
With all this dedication and sacrifice, you’ve earned yourself a nice stiff dri… oh yeah, no alcohol.
There can be nothing more relaxing than a drink at the end of a long day. But where can you turn for relief when you’ve given up alcohol? If only there were a legal, safe and natural alternate mild intoxicant out there.
Cannabis has been used for its intoxicating properties for a very long time. Ancient civilizations cultivated cannabis for many reasons, and getting high was one of those reasons. Whether it was flowers or potent plant resin, cannabis has been getting people high for thousands of years.
Cannabis' euphoria is a gentle caress compared to alcohol’s slap across the face. Ease into a cannabis buzz, letting the effects come on, peak, and then wane with no residual after-effects. You won’t experience the dehydration, fatigue, and raging headaches that alcohol hangovers induce. You’ll wake the next morning feeling rested and mentally aware, ready to tackle the day.
You don’t have to smoke cannabis to enjoy its effects. For many, smoking flowers is the only way they’ve experienced cannabis. With today’s expansive product selection, there are many ways to enjoy a cannabis high without smoking flowers.
Edibles are a very popular option. You’ll find the traditional brownies and gummies, but you’ll also find fine chocolates and pastries, hard candies, and even drinks. Plus, many edibles are available in vegan/vegetarian and sugar-free options. Or, go with a tincture, which is a concentrated liquid that you dose with a dropper. Add some to your own culinary creations and bring out your inner canna-chef!
Vapable concentrates are also very popular. Consumers love the convenience and discretion of a vape pen or disposable cartridge. They’re easy to use, offer plenty of variety, and take all the guesswork out of the process. Plus, because cartridges are filled with distilled oils, you’re not smoking any plant matter, making them a better wellness option than smoking flowers from a pipe, bong, or joint.
Concentrates are the most powerful cannabis products. The cannabis plant is incredibly versatile. You can use the fibers for about a million different things, and the flowers and stems for their diverse properties. Production artists have found ways to extract and isolate a whole slew of active compounds from the plant. Concentrates are made from these compounds and can be very, very potent. Some of our strongest concentrates top 80% THC.
Topicals are a lesser known way to experience cannabis. Many topicals are designed with wellness benefits in mind and not at all euphoric. Although, there are a few topical products out there that are meant to induce a euphoric experience, especially transdermal patches.
For many, giving up alcohol is tough because of the mental and physical relief it offers (though at a price!). Substituting cannabis is a great way to still enjoy a relaxing euphoric experience, without breaking your resolution.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, cannabis can help you keep them! Use cannabis to motivate and energize yourself for regular workouts, replace unhealthy eating options with healthy hemp, understand your cravings, and substitute that aggressive, unhealthy alcohol buzz for the gentle and uplifting kiss of cannabis.
Change can be hard, but great rewards lay at the end of the path. Don’t give up. Even if you choose not to incorporate cannabis into your resolutions, you got this! Maintain a positive mindset, utilize a support network, take things one moment at a time, and think long term.
But, if you want 2020 to be the year you discover your best self, consider making cannabis a part of your wellness routines.