Movember: Managing Stress and Anxiety with Cannabis

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GLOBALLY, ON AVERAGE, 1 MAN DIES BY SUICIDE EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. In order to keep the men in our life ‘Feeling Good,’ we need to talk about mental health.  

According to High Times, “Stress, anxiety, and depression are some of the most common conditions linked to medicinal cannabis use. While more research still needs to be conducted, anecdotal findings suggest many have found some relief from its use. That said, results are mixed and can vary, especially when a person is without a medical card or access to legal avenues where information is much clearer and more accessible.”  

Research from Dr. Susan A. Stoner stated the complexities of comparing cannabis use with mood disorders as she observed the differences in reactions from CBD and THC. “The endocannabinoid system appears to play an important role in responses to stress and anxiety. The two primary active ingredients of marijuana, THC and CBD, appear to have differing effects regarding anxiety. Pure THC appears to decrease anxiety at lower doses and increase anxiety at higher doses. On the other hand, pure CBD appears to decrease anxiety at all doses that have been tested. There appears to be tolerance to these effects over a short period of time with regular use.” Since evidence of efficacy still lacks, what we can recommend are some mindful practices that might help ease your tension and calm your thoughts.  

When you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, a cbd-rich tincture or an indica-dominant strain like Parisian Plum from Cream of the Crop Gardens offers a nice relaxing feeling throughout the body. Next time you  spark up try this five-minute mindfulness activity to help you tune out distractions and truly appreciate the flower you are about to consume. Mindfulness is all about paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment. 

Start off by holding the bud in your hand. Take a moment to focus on the flower. This is best done in natural sunlight. Notice the colors, the beautiful shine of trichome crystals, and whether the flower structure is spacious or compact. Now, gently squeeze the nug – Is it firm or soft? Any stickiness on your fingers? Finally, craft cannabis deserves some mindful smells. Take a moment to carefully sniff your strain, can you smell any distinct terpenes? You might notice an aroma that is sweet, earthy, herbal, or citrusy.  

Lastly, if you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, don’t keep it all bottled up. Find a friend, family member, mentor, or resource you can lean on and talk to about how you’re feeling. Odds are there is someone out there who has felt the same way you do and can potentially help.  

If you or anyone you know is having a difficult time, here are some resources that could be of service: 

Movember’s Making Connections Communitites 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 

Lifeline Crisis Chat 

Local Resource List 

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