Contrary to popular belief, not all stress is bad.
There are certain types of normal, everyday stress that help us do things like meet a deadline or avoid an accident. These small bursts of stress are hardwired into our brains to help us survive and thrive.
Long-term or ongoing stress, however, can be extremely detrimental to your health. Not only can ongoing stress result in long-term anxiety even after a stressful situation is over, but it can also result in heart disease, muscle pain, weight gain, sleep issues, digestion problems, and much more.
So how can you cope with ongoing stress? Can medical marijuana help?
In short, yes. But the long answer is slightly more complicated. Let’s dig in.
Medical marijuana can combat stress…when used along with a healthy lifestyle.
Just like going for one run won’t combat a lifetime of devouring a hamburger for lunch every day, neither will consuming medical cannabis on its own help combat a high stress lifestyle.
Instead, it’s critical to combat stress by using cannabis as a part of a larger lifestyle change.
For instance, if you’re trying to reduce your stress level, combine your medical marijuana usage with a healthy diet and exercise, as well as plenty of sleep.
Medical marijuana can combat stress…when used responsibly.
Research has shown that in small doses, THC can help cause a stress relieving effect for patients, but higher doses can actually increase the feeling of stress.
That’s why it’s critical to be responsible with dosing and aware of your stress levels as you’re consuming.
On the other hand, CBD tends to have a more relaxing effect, so many patients prefer strains with higher CBD over those higher in THC to deal with stress.
Medical marijuana can combat stress…when used the right way.
Similar to the right strain choice, it’s important to use cannabis in a way that works best to deal with your stress. Not only does personal preference matter, but also how the marijuana hits your system.
For instance, edibles need longer to take effect, but last longer; while concentrates hit the system faster, but won’t last as long.
Then, choose how you prefer to consume your cannabis. Whether smoking, vaping, or topical, it’s important to choose a delivery system that ultimately leaves you feeling as relaxed as possible.
When used with a healthy lifestyle, responsibly, and the right way, medical marijuana can certainly help alleviate stress.
At Hive Medicinal, we’d love to help with your medical marijuana needs as your local Maine dispensary. Take a look at our current medical cannabis products or, better yet, stop by in person!