Cannabis is so much more than just a psychoactive high (although consuming cannabis recreationally is great). Combined with other tools like eating well, getting adequate rest, and other acts of self-care, it can be another step you take on your path to a healthy, fulfilling life. A lot of people could benefit from the soothing and self-awakening benefits of cannabis, but haven’t learned about it’s different forms, strains, dosages, and ways it can be used to increase their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
With mindful observation and intention, you can discover the perfect strain and dosage for your body and curate a wellness routine that works perfectly with your innate endocannabinoid system.
Here are a few reasons this plant should be a tool in your wellness routine:
1. You’ll get a better night’s sleep
Have you ever smoked a joint, gone to sleep, and then woken up feeling the most rested you’ve felt in a while? That’s because cannabis, especially a potent indica, is a sleep aid that can treat insomnia and provide the good night’s rest that eludes the majority of us. Sleep is vital to our well-being, mental and physical health, and affects our mood, focus, and attention to detail. Unfortunately, getting enough sleep is usually the first thing that gets sacrificed when something seemingly more important needs to be done. Make resetting your sleep schedule a priority and ritual of its own by sipping a cup of warm CBD tea before bed, smoking some indica flower, or taking an infused soak in the tub to soothe your body and mind. Getting 8 hours of sleep is possible with a little preparation and care.
2. Cannabis is a natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxant
Freedom from pain and tension is a huge contributor when it comes to quality of life and cannabis has all facets of this covered. THCa and CBD topicals and tinctures will not give you a typical psychoactive high, but will relax your body, relieve muscle spasms, pain, and inflammation, making other acts of your wellness (like taking a yoga class, sitting long enough to meditate comfortably, or simply getting to sleep) much more accessible.
3. You’ll experience less stress and anxiety
In a society where we are overworked, trying to simultaneously maintain financial stability and our relationships, a little cannabis can alleviate stress and anxiety so we can function under pressure. Most people resort to unhealthy habits to deal with stress, but mindfully consuming cannabis can be a natural way to avoid this. Sticking to low doses and CBD is key, since THC tolerance varies so much from person to person and over-indulging can exacerbate anxiety for some. Cannabis activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of resting and digesting, so enjoying a balanced hybrid or CBD strain before, during, or after a stressful situation can work to calm your fight or flight response and have you feeling blissful in no time.
Minellia Eustacio @yogawithminelli
Minelli’s practice and teaching is inspired by the simplicity of mindful movement and deep breathing. She discovered her authentic voice in guiding feel-good yoga classes with an emphasis on curiosity, non-judgment, and honoring your body by accepting it for what it is at this very moment – something she continues to learn as a constant student of yoga.
Her goal is to bring awareness to the mindfulness, healing, and bliss of cannabis-infused yoga, and guide others back within their bodies – back to a place of security, knowing, truth, strength, and power.