Cannabis Relaxation is a great way to de-stress.
A relaxed session with your favorite cannabis strain can be an excellent way to chill out and get your mood right after a long day of work.
But why exactly is this herb one of our most favored natural remedies for anxiety and stress? When we ingest it, we are obviously doing something to the chemical balance in our neural systems, so what’s going on there?
And how healthy is Cannabis Relaxation compared to other types of stress relief?
Stress is one of those things that we can all relate to. Sometimes it can be good for us like when it stimulates our fight or flight response. Or just when we’ve had a hard day and our body tells us to relax.
Other times, however, stress can be super unhealthy, especially when it gets the best of us. The resulting anxiety can lead to all sorts of physical and mental problems.
Some of these problems include:
- gastrointestinal issues
- social anxiety
These are all things we would rather avoid, right? Nothing relaxing about any of that.
Yet we rarely take a moment to sit down and figure out what exactly is happening with the neurochemistry in our brains to create all that stress. If your chemistry is off it could indeed be adding to the problem.
During stressful situations, our bodies secrete hormones that deliver stress signals to our nervous system. Among the internal processes to keep that hormone balance in check, it is currently hypothesized that our bodies depend on the endocannabinoid system by producing a little something called anandamide.
Also known as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide is a cannabinoid similar to THC except we produce it ourselves. Anandamide works when it hooks directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of our endocannabinoid system.
Interestingly, anandamide is also found in sea urchin eggs and chocolate.
The theory is that the anandamide in our bodies essentially completes the circuit, helping our endocannabinoid system regulate appetite, fertility, memory, learning, pain sensitivity, and emotion. That’s a lot of important stuff!
Now there’s a big BUT here…
This system doesn’t always seem to work like it should. Anandamide deficiency could very well be the culprit for a lot of people dealing with stress and anxiety disorders and other serious health issues.
Chronic stress or even trauma can also supposedly throw this system out of whack. When the endocannabinoid process stops working like it should, stress hormones just might flow a little more freely than we’d like, leaving us in a state of prolonged anxiety.
Cannabis Relaxation to the Rescue!
Researchers have gone to great lengths to find a means of treating what we now think are endocannabinoid-related ailments such as anxiety, depression, and a slew of other health issues. Unfortunately, most of these treatments were and are more trouble than they’re worth.
Although we still have a lot of research to do, cannabis continues to be the most effective remedy for hundreds of millions of people – regardless of its classification as a Schedule 1 drug.
When we ingest cannabis, the cannabinoids from the plant take the place of anandamide in our CB receptors and start to do their thing. Perfect if your body is not producing enough anandamide on its own.
Over the more than 80 cannabinoids at work when we have a puff, you’re probably somewhat familiar with the most well-known:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
The psychoactive properties of THC can often help combat stress when administered at low doses.
THC can actually help our bodies with stress in more ways than one. For instance, when it increases our dopamine levels, the resulting sense of euphoria can be quite pleasant during a well-earned chill-out session.
The THC-induced jumpstart in neurotransmission can also lead to enhanced ideation and new perspectives on problems or challenges. This is great for stress and life in general if you keep responsible use in mind.
But too much THC can be the opposite of therapeutic as it may very well induce anxiety and panic attacks. This can be avoided if you’re careful not to over consume and if you can find a strain with a more favorable CBD ratio. CBD, which is non-psychoactive, can help modulate the effects of THC. It also has a ton of other therapeutic qualities, including anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety benefits that can keep your stress down.
Stress, Sleep and CBN
Sleep is extremely important for health, and stress can definitely get in the way. If you can’t sleep, try vaping for some cannabis relaxation.
If this is you, then Cannabinol (CBN) could be your new best friend for natural sleep remedies. CBN acts as a sedative in most people, but very little of it is found in fresh cannabis.
CBN is a degraded form of THC. You can get this by heating cannabis up a little extra during the decarboxylation process. Or, as ColoradoPotGuide.com suggests, you can dry your favorite strain in the sun for a bit to achieve the same effect.
A third way to get more CBN out of your herb is to save whatever you run through the vaporizer and re-vape or smoke it later. If you can handle the slightly bitter taste, it will put you right to sleep. Plus you will have used your herb for a second time!
Seek Other Positive Stress Relievers, Too
The therapeutic values of cannabis are all but undeniable when it’s used responsibly, and when you know what you’re ingesting.
Having said that, don’t let this be your only means of relaxing. Use pot as a springboard to explore other aspects of life and stress management.
Have a few puffs and pamper yourself with a warm bath, read a book, or go for a walk, or play with your kids.
The whole idea is to get your endocannabinoid system straight so that you can enjoy other aspects of life.
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