It’s no secret that COVID-19 has created an unprecedented change in the way we go about our daily lives. From increased anxiety to cabin fever to sheer boredom, coronavirus has quickly created unusual circumstances around the world.
But what if we told you that this is the perfect time to implement a medical cannabis routine, or to mindfully incorporate your existing marijuana use?
Here are 4 ways cannabis can help you cope during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Treat anxiety.
Social isolation and quarantine can have severe psychological side effects, including: fear, anger, stress, and insomnia. Another such byproduct? Anxiety.
For those currently treating anxiety with cannabis, you already know the benefits. But for those who are experiencing worsening anxiety or first-time anxiety, it’s important to remember some key points.
First, higher levels of CBD are associated with decreasing anxiety, so these are often the preferred products for those who suffer from anxiety. Second, the method of consumption you use will change the dosage needed. (Make sure you speak with an educated representative at your dispensary about proper dosing.)
2. Create your own edibles.
During a time that most of us are spending more time at home than ever before, we’re also cooking at home more often than ever. Try your hand at creating your own edibles; whether it’s baking or simply drizzling homemade cannabutter on your favorite dish or dessert. Get creative and fight off boredom and cabin fever.
3. Practice self-care.
Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that you take care of your mind and your body. Using medical marijuana can support your self-care practices, just as it helps treat any anxiety.
Continue to treat insomnia, low appetite, chronic pain, and depression with cannabis as you normally would. Consider, in addition, adding your favorite form of marijuana to other self-care practices, such as mindful meditation, yoga, or simply taking a long walk outside.
4. Try other forms of cannabis.
Due to the nature of COVID-19, your respiratory system could be more vulnerable. If you enjoy vaping or smoking, this is a perfect time to try another way to consume medical marijuana to ensure your lungs remain as healthy as possible. Edibles, tinctures, and topicals are great methods to use right now.