10 Tips For A Healthy Relationship With Cannabis

Cannabis can be a wonderful ally, soothing discomfort, enhancing senses and boosting mood. 

However, for many people, despite these advantages, cannabis can become a burden. It can impair presence, cloud judgement, and become a source of anxiety rather than relief. 

With that in mind, here are 10 ways to make your relationship with weed healthier. 

1. Vape more, smoke less

Inhaling cannabis smoke can irritate the lungs and cause damage. Combusting cannabis also produces harmful chemicals, some of which are known to be carcinogenic, like carbon monoxide. 

Using a dry herb vape avoids combustion and is much smoother on the throat and lungs, allowing you to inhale all the beneficial plant oils in cannabis – like cannabinoids and terpenes – while preserving the health of your lungs. 

Read: Will A Dry Herb Vaporizer Save Me Money In The Long Run?

2. Add CBD and other cannabinoids like CBG

High doses of THC commonly causes an increase in heart rate accompanied by anxiety and even paranoia. This is especially true in those with a low tolerance for THC. 

Some other cannabinoids, like CBD and CBG, however, have a unique ability to reduce the negative effects from THC. CBD in particular can offset the effects of THC without reducing the ‘high’. Adding CBD and CBG to your weed can make the experience more manageable and enjoyable. 

Read: 10 Of The Best CBD Products For 2022 (UK)

3. Microdose THC

There are times when you might feel like smoking some weed but you don’t want to get too high. For these times, a microdose of THC can be great for taking the edge off with being too intoxicating. 

Taking a single puff on a joint or a vape will give you a slight buzz but won’t make your eyes red or affect your short-term memory. 

Read: 12 Observations From Microdosing Cannabis Every Day For One Month

4. More flower, less extracts/carts 

While vaping can be safer than smoking, constantly puffing on cartridges filled with cannabis extracts can quickly raise your tolerance and increase the risk of becoming addicted or dependent on them. 

By using carts or extracts with up to 99% THC, you’ll find that flower no longer has the same effects. Therefore, try to stick to flower (ideally in a dry herb vape) and avoid regulation using carts or dabs.  

5. More omega-3, less omega-6

Cannabinoids work by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is your body’s regulatory system. The body produces its own cannabinoids (known as endocannabinoids) which are made from omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). 

It is now well-established that dietary intake of PUFAs has a direct effect on endocannabinoid levels and the functioning of your ECS. In fact, we know that there is an optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 PUFAs of about 1:3. 

Therefore, if you find relief from cannabis, you may also find relief from lowering your omega-6 consumption and increasing omega-3 consumption. If this is the case, you could find getting a healthier balance of fats could help you rely less on cannabis for relief. 


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6. Exercise while high

Exercise is so good for us that there’s no excuse not to do it regularly. And cannabis makes exercise more enjoyable, more effective, and more satisfying. 

Combining weed and working out has been one of the best strategies I’ve used in my own health and fitness journey.

And you don’t need to go for long runs or exercise for hours to get benefits. In fact, just 15 minutes of strength training each day is enough to boost your natural endocannabinoid levels and reduce pain and inflammation, according to a recent study.

Read: 5 Observations From Consuming Cannabis Before Exercise

7. Have healthy munchies on hand 

Weed can increase your appetite, leading to the famed ‘munchies’. This well-known side-effect of THC consumption can make it nearly impossible to resist processed foods.

Which is why, in order to avoid huge blood-sugar spikes and dips which will lead to chronic disease, it’s best to think ahead and get some delicious yet healthy snacks in stock for when the munchies hit. 

Read: 7 HEALTHY Stoner Snacks For When You Get The Munchies, And 5 To Avoid!

8. Track your usage and budget 

Just as important as tracking your spending and budgeting your money is, tracking your weed usage and planning when you’ll consume can help you maintain a healthy relationship with the plant. 

Simply by jotting down the quantity and time you consume, either in your phone or in a notebook, you will be able to objectively judge how much your consuming and whether it needs to be reduced. 

Similarly, budgeting your weed for the week ahead makes your weed last longer and gives you a sense of control over your usage. 

Read: 7 Signs You’re Smoking Too Much Weed

9. Be mindful when consuming

The main thing I do to ensure I have an enjoyable high is to focus outwardly on the world. By focusing on the world around me when I’m high rather than on the inner world of thoughts and feelings, I’m brought into the moment. 

This present moment awareness, detached from thought, is in many ways blissful. It’s what people call flow or being in the zone. There are numerous ways of accessing it, but I’ve found consuming THC and focussing on the world around me to be a reliable one.    

And the best way to steer focus away from your inner world and onto the outer world is by doing something that involves moving your body with concentration. By engaging your body and mind with a physical task that requires focus, it becomes easy to not get attached to any thoughts or feelings you may be having.

Read: 5 Awesome Activities To Try After Smoking Weed

10. Take T-breaks

Cannabis has many amazing benefits. However, too much of a good thing can have some drawbacks. 

And that’s true of cannabis – consume too much too often, and your tolerance will build until the euphoric effects you once experienced after just a few puffs will be difficult to achieve no matter how much you consume. 

This is why tolerance breaks (or T-breaks) should be considered as a regular practice. Not only will they reset your sensitivity to THC, but they can also help you take stock of your relationship with cannabis and keep your usage under control. 

Read: The Ultimate Guide To Taking Tolerance Breaks (T-Breaks) From Weed: Why, When, How…

Summary 

Cannabis is a powerful tool that can do wonders for your health. However, it can be all too easy to for cannabis use to become a crutch for dealing with the stresses of the world.

In cases where using too much cannabis starts to have negative effects, there are a number  of things you can do to keep your relationship with cannabis positive an healthy. 

Use the tips above and you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of cannabis while minimising the drawbacks. 

Do you have any more tips or strategies?    

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