Weed for Wellness
Wellness is a term that’s trending almost as much as weed. From overall nutrition to diets, organic foods to yoga, many are seeking to improve their life through new wellness ways.
By definition, wellness is ‘the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you’re thriving.’
And actually, weed can help. Let’s dive into the world of weed for wellness, and see how it can help nutrition, stress and natural energy to better thrive in life.
Eat your greens
Beyond doctor prescriptions assigning medical marijuana to treat pain, or common conditions, dietitians are now recommending weed for wellness too. Nutrition experts have found that hemp and cannabis plants in their raw form, like fan leaves, provides nutritional benefits.
One reason why, is the plant is high in protein and fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6. In addition to being highly antioxidant. These are characteristics of many foods that are deemed ‘heart healthy’ and promote wellness, overall. Due to this, some diet experts are classifying cannabis as a ‘superfood’. That’s right, it’s time to eat your greens.
Superfoods are typically plant based, and nutritionally dense or beneficial for health improvements. With weed in the raw showing high levels of vitamins, fiber, ketones and more…some are even juicing raw leaves into their nutritional smoothie routines. Similar to other green superfoods, like spinach or kale.
Even more, by ingesting cannabis the internal levels of therapeutic cannabinoids increase, therefore amplifying its’ beneficial effects.
Balance your mind
By now, we all know smoking a bowl, eating an edible, or ripping a dab, will help you unwind and de-stress. Advancements in science and growing have led us to know why this may be and have fine-tuned weed to boost wellness benefits.
Studies show strains with higher levels of the terpenes Caryophyllene and Linalool, are extra helpful in combating anxiety or stressful feelings. You may have heard of a few, including Death Star, Amnesia Haze, GG4, Girl Scout Cookies among others.
Over time growers have crafted weed genes with high levels of CBD and low levels of THC to better combat stress and anxiety, too. This combination highlights the therapeutic properties of CBD while avoiding paranoia or anxiety symptoms, THC can give some users at high doses.
Harlequin, ACDC and Sour Tsunami are just a few high CBD strains to try for these effects.
And speaking of de-stressing…many yoga and meditation events are now infused with cannabis. With the mantra that weed can connect the mind and body more peacefully, by calming nerves internally.
Overall, weed for wellness is winning by promoting a ‘happier’ lifestyle. This makes sense, since THC enhances serotonin activity in the brain, as well. With the right strain and right state of mind, those seeking wellness are increasingly adding weed to their de-stressing routines.
Light up your energy
While marijuana often gets a bad rap for ‘couch-locking’, that’s not the case with today’s world of weed. In fact, many are turning to specific strains as a natural way to promote energy too.
The energizing properties of THC and CBD are now being used by those who are active, athletes, and daytime medical or recreational users alike. As research grows, we’ve learned that finding an energizing strain is more than just looking for a Sativa. Again, specific terpenes and CBD:THC ratio comes into play.
Opposite of winding down with cannabis, if you’re looking to uplift, a high THC, low CBD strain is often recommended. Strains carrying properties that promote focus or energy, also contain high levels of the terpenes Pinene and Limonene. Meaning, they probably smell like weed you’re familiar with, piney or citrusy.
Common or popular strains known to naturally light up energy include Durban Poison, Green Crack, Sour Tangie and AK-47.
Wellness with weed
You’ll continue to see wellness and weed intermingle, as their effects coincide with one another. And cannabis brands are taking note, increasingly adding wellness and health benefits in their branding, packaging and promotions, too. From nutritional benefits promoting a healthier lifestyle, to a natural alternative for de-stressing and energizing…wellness can certainly be achieved with weed.