Moderation and balance are at the core of a healthy lifestyle. Too much or too little of anything can be a bad thing, and that includes cannabis!
It’s a new year, a new decade, and everyone is riding the train of a new healthy lifestyle. Setting resolutions or intentions at the beginning of the year is a great way to have a set of goals to work towards throughout the year. If these goals are set too lofty, however, they can actually have the opposite effect and make us feel like we failed or that we aren’t able to accomplish what we wish.
A wonderful way to go about transitioning into a healthier lifestyle in 2020 is with the assistance of cannabis. While this might sound like every stoner’s dream and everyone else’s one-way ticket to the couch, cannabis in moderation can actually feel like an assistant in reaching goals, resolutions, or intentions.
Research shows that cannabis has a wide range of health benefits when used in moderation and balance. Typical resolutions are to eat better, sleep more, stress less, wake up earlier, exercise, lose weight, travel, etc. When cannabis is added to this regimen, some pretty incredible things can happen.
Cannabis for a Healthier Lifestyle
From losing weight, sleeping better, improving skin, reducing anxiety, and even curbing addiction, cannabis offers tons of support. Starting a new year can be stressful and full of pressure, but cannabis can help! Here’s some unique ways that cannabis can help empower your healthy lifestyle.
Lose Weight with Cannabis
The munchies are probably the first thing you think of in terms of weed and weight, and that people who smoke or eat edibles are so hungry they can’t stop eating and gain weight. While this can be true if you smoke a ton of weed, the opposite is also being shown to be true: that cannabis can help you lose weight. Everyone is different, and cannabis will affect everyone differently. But studies show that cannabis can be used in conjunction with weight loss!
Even if you’re trying to build muscle mass and gain weight, cannabis may be the solution. A recent study found a relationship between cannabis use and body mass index (BMI). This study showed that cannabis users had significantly lower BMIs and obesity rates but increased calorie intake. This analysis revealed significantly reduced body mass index and rates of obesity in cannabis users, in conjunction with increased caloric intake.
Again, moderation is the key here. The western diet is incredibly inflammatory and has been proven to cause obesity. When cannabis is added to the diet and regimen, balance can be restored through the endocannabinoid system, helping to control weight and even help with weight loss.
Adding 10-15mg of cannabis to your daily diet is a great place to start.
Quit Drinking Alcohol or Drink Less with Cannabis
More than ever, people are becoming incredibly conscious about their alcohol consumption. Many people are realizing they’ve developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, which also inhibits a healthy lifestyle. And when it’s advertised and available everywhere, quitting or cutting back can be incredibly hard, mentally and socially.
Support your dry efforts with cannabis to make the transition smoother. Studies and first-hand accounts are showing that the mixture of CBD and alcohol can have many positive effects. A study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology found CBD (cannabidiol a compound in cannabis) in alcohol to “facilitate drinking reduction,” the paper’s authors write, but research also shows the compound “may provide idiosyncratic protection to the liver and brain, which could reduce the development and impact of alcohol-related liver disease and alcohol-related brain injury.”
It has also been observed that when cannabis is consumed, there is less of a desire to drink alcohol. There are indeed precautions to take in terms of combining cannabis and alcohol, and we highly recommend against it.
If you’re trying to cut back on alcohol, smoke some weed or eat an edible before going out or to wind down from the day. It could make all the difference.
Reduce Anxiety with Cannabis
More than anything, stress and anxiety contribute to illness and disease. In our modern society, we have come to see stress and anxiety as normal and accepted. The truth, however, is that the hormones released when we are stressed and anxious are great when we were cavemen running from danger. Now, stress and anxiety stem from work, relationships, traffic, and a range of other modern triggers.
With all this stress and anxiety building up in the body, the endocannabinoid system cannot regulate homeostasis and is then more prone to manifest imbalance and disease. Cannabis is an incredible medicine that can help curb stress and anxiety and restore balance to the endocannabinoid system for a healthy lifestyle.
Taking a hit from a vape pen, eating an edible, or lighting up some tasty flower in minimal amounts throughout the day is a wonderful way to manage stress and anxiety. Again, a little goes a long way and microdosing is where the magic happens.
Get Better Sleep with Cannabis
You can be hitting the gym 5 days a week and eating healthy, but if you’re not sleeping well you may as well chuck it all out the window. Sleep is absolutely vital for a healthy lifestyle, and anxiety or other factors can keep many awake at night.
A delicious indica strain will help ease stress, relax the body, and make for a good night’s sleep. Edibles are a wonderful option as well, as the high will last a bit longer and can help you stay asleep if waking up in the middle of the night is an issue. Moderation will be the best way to go with a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD bringing the most relief and the best effect.
Shine from Within with Cannabis!
It’s always a good time to revamp your lifestyle and take charge of creating a healthier inner environment. When we realize that what is happening inside of us is mirrored in the world around us, taking steps to create a healthier lifestyle will feel natural and welcomed. You don’t have to feel like the new year is the only time you can make drastic changes. And with recreational dispensaries in Pueblo and Trinidad, Colorado, there’s quality product and professional assistance at your service.
Come into The Spot 420 to explore our huge selection of edibles, delicious flower, and even tour our grow house! We’ve got all the cannabis products to help you create a healthy lifestyle.