Because developments in the cannabis world move with such speed, it’s easy to forget that seemingly just a few years ago, cannabis use was portrayed as the antithesis of a healthy, active, and engaged lifestyle. Things are different now, and we’re grateful. We’re strong believers in the use of cannabis for wellness, whether it’s to deepen into physical practices like yoga, soothe the everyday aches and strains that are the cost of inhabiting a body, or to manage more chronic symptoms and conditions.
However you choose to incorporate cannabis into your life, we encourage you to do so with deliberate forethought and clear intentions. In our experience, that’s the best way to access the many benefits the cannabis plant offers our bodies and our minds.
To High or Not to High?
Perhaps the most important question to address when considering cannabis for wellness is psychoactivity. Many of us find being high excessively distracting and an impediment to activities like maintaining a productive work life, and even to connecting with others.
That’s one reason that interest in CBD—the cannabis plant’s second most abundant cannabinoid—is surging. Unlike THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive, and it’s associated with a slew of beneficial effects, including:
Effectively fighting pain
Easing anxiety and depression
Addressing symptoms of conditions including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and others
If you find the psychoactivity of THC a detriment, we suggest asking your Experience Guide about high-CBD cannabis strains. They’re an increasingly popular way to access cannabis’ benefits with reduced or negligible psychoactivity.
Anxiety: The Sleeping Dragon
Whether they’re aware of it or not, many people develop a self-care practice in response to anxiety. And while the excess psychoactivity we referenced above is often cited as a cause of anxiety, lower-THC strains and products are often cited as safe, gentle, and sustainable responses to anxiety.
A Plant for Everyone, but Especially Women
The cannabis plant has countless applications for the human body, but as you’ve no doubt noticed, it doesn’t affect everyone the same way. And it turns out that it may have a special role to play in women’s health and wellness.
In a survey of more than 1,000 women, BDS Analytics found some broad themes in the reasons women turn to cannabis for wellness:
40% of respondents use cannabis to manage mood swings brought on by menstruation, menopause, or mental health concerns
39% use cannabis to provide relief from premenstrual pain and cramps
35% of menopausal women used cannabis to improve their sleep
32% of menopausal women used cannabis for other symptoms
27% of women use cannabis to enhance their sex life
Wrapping It Up
However you’re incorporating cannabis for wellness into your life, we recommend you start with the lowest useful amount possible. You can always up your dosage later, but by starting slow you’ll be better able to monitor its effect on your body and your mind. And as you already know: Being aware of your body in the present moment is perhaps the very definition of mindfulness.
There’s a lot we haven’t touched on, including the powerful potential of specific terpenes, or fragrant essential oils specific to different strains of cannabis.