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Surviving Covid with Cannabis
There have been times when being a stoner had its challenges even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The seemingly endless quarantine has made life more difficult in a multitude of ways for just about everyone, and many turn to cannabis for relief. Between those who are still sheltering in place, essential workers, people returning to work, or those who are venturing out with the lifted restrictions, it is crucial to look after our mental and physical health. Aspects of this pandemic can seem stagnant and repetitive, like the movie “Groundhog Day“. There is no magic answer for making it a good experience, but there are some useful ways that cannabis can improve the situation.
Exercise is one of the best tools for improving our physical and mental health. Now is the time to take care of our immune systems, and exercise does just that. Science Daily released an article in March underlining the importance of exercise during these uncertain times. Exercise can help boost the immune system and help it deal with pathogens. Long term exercise can benefit the immune system throughout our lives and reduce our overall risk of infection as we age. Getting more exercise during the pandemic doesn’t mean running a 5k every day either. Do what works for your abilities and your desire to workout. Don’t stress about what you’re capable of or not capable of. The slightest movement is still movement.
“Regular moderate intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking, running or cycling is recommended, with the aim of achieving 150 minutes per week. Longer, more vigorous exercise would not be harmful, but if capacity to exercise is restricted due to a health condition or disability, the message is to ‘move more’ and that ‘something is better than nothing’. Resistance exercise has clear benefits for maintaining muscles, which also helps movement.”
Exercise does more than boost our immune system, it is also great for our mental health. People are experiencing higher rates of anxiety and depression during the pandemic. Some days things are great and other days the world seems to be falling apart. According to Harvard Health, exercise improves our sleep quality and releases endorphins, which are some of the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. This is where cannabis comes into the picture. In addition to endorphins, the body also releases the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).
Endocannabinoids are also “feel good” molecules that are produced by the body. Anandamide is often referred to as the “bliss molecule” and 2-AG is one of the chemicals responsible for the strong euphoric feeling that you get after an orgasm. Cannabinoids, specifically CBD increase anandamide signaling in the brain and also block the chemical that breaks down anandamide which leads to a buildup causing a more “blissful” feeling (though not “high”, as this is from the THC).
Exercise also causes nerve cells to grow and make new pathways. If intense or strenuous exercise isn’t your thing, or you live in a small apartment yoga is a fantastic way to survive the pandemic as a stoner. In fact, cannabis and yoga have been together since the beginning. Hiking or walking are great ways to get moving. Taking in nature lowers cortisol which is related to stress. Look to your local government to see what restrictions look like in your area or check out our post on “Marijuana and High Altitudes“.
Creativity and cannabis go hand in hand. Studies show that lower doses of THC increase creativity while high doses can hinder it. Low or high doses will vary from person to person depending on their tolerance and body chemistry. One of our favorite studies examined how cannabis use influences cerebral blood flow. They found that cannabis increased blood flow to the frontal lobe which is responsible for emotional, linguistic, and sexual expression, which are all pretty creative.
Creativity has been proven to be beneficial in a multitude of ways. According to Forbes, when we’re in the intense flow of creativity our brains are flooded with dopamine. Dopamine is another one of our body’s natural “feel good” chemicals that is also released when we exercise. This neurotransmitter reduces stress, makes us feel happy, and increases motivation which pushes us to do more of the same activity. Studies also suggest that regular creativity can boost the immune system, which is always a plus in the middle of a pandemic.
Keep it clean
I’m sure you’re tired of being told to keep things clean, but it has to be said. As restrictions continue to lift, it’s important to be diligent with making sure everything is sanitary and it applies to consuming cannabis as well. This doesn’t mean that we have to get stoned alone. After all, one of the best parts of consuming cannabis is sharing it and experiencing it with friends.
It isn’t recommended to smoke during this time since COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, so edibles or tinctures are our first choice for consuming cannabis during the pandemic. We realize that those methods of consumption aren’t for everyone, so if you choose to smoke people should have their own joint, pipe, or bong. This will limit the amount of germs passed from person to person.
Times are hard, but there are many ways we can make the most of a difficult situation. While it is healthy to get enough exercise and get the creative juices flowing, it can also be healthy to get baked and binge watch tv. We are in unprecedented times and the most important thing is self care which looks different for each person. The good news is that all Buddy Boy Brands Dispensaries are open and your local budtender is there to help you find the perfect products for your individual needs.