While marijuana has been slowly embraced within the legal and cultural realms, the plant, no matter how natural it is, is still a drug; there are side effects to its usage, especially when mishandled.
But there are things we can do to help us stay as healthy as possible as we smoke up. Here are just a handful.
Smoking cannabis is the oldest and most traditional form of consumption, demanding little paraphernalia and producing quick effects. This form is also one of the most harmful, since, like any substance and compound that is smoked, it damages your lungs. If you’re a regular marijuana user, try consuming the drug in other forms, like tinctures and edibles, and leave joints and other smoking devices for special occasions.
Cut some sugar from your edibles
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No matter if you’re purchasing or making your own edibles from scratch, try limiting the amount of sugar that you put in your body. Do some research on edible products or ask around in your local dispensary. Although these sugary edibles tend to be delicious, there are plenty of healthier options out there, especially in today’s industry.
Take your mental health into account
While more research is needed on all sorts of cannabis related topics, one aspect that is known is that potent cannabis increases the risk of having anxiety attacks. If you’re a person who struggles with mental health issues or has a genetic predisposition for psychosis and other conditions, monitor your cannabis intake or steer clear from the drug.
Try to be more active with your cannabis
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While consuming cannabis indoors is always relaxing and awesome, try taking your cannabis out of your house, be that for a walk or for something more demanding, like a fitness class. Start off slowly, not pushing yourself too hard, but also making connections between cannabis use and more physical activities. Marijuana use has been positively linked with exercise, increasing people’s workout sessions and making them more focused and effective.
Limit your couch smoking sessions
While smoking up and watching some Netflix is a great way of spending the occasional weeknight, it’s an activity that should be monitored if it’s getting in the way of doing more productive stuff. Try to not make a habit out of it, using cannabis to make something creative or to stay active. Leave your couch smoking sessions for when you feel like you really deserve it or when you’re hanging out with friends.