While it’s true that marijuana’s psychoactive properties makes for a giggly-good-time, weed has a TON of other applications that aren’t nearly as widely talked about. It’s not a far cry to call this plant a “miracle drug” in some respects, and listing all it’s potential health and self-care uses would be pages and pages of information. I condensed that list into eight practical and interesting uses for marijuana below to help you be your best self.
Counting sheep, soothing music or white noise doesn’t always work for those who suffer from insomnia. Smoking pure indica strains of marijuana before bedtime can make it much easier for those who have difficulty falling asleep at night. You may want to think about replacing your Tylenol PM with eating edibles, which can help keep you asleep if you wake up frequently, due to its longer acting properties.
Hempseed oil is a magical byproduct of marijuana full of fatty acids and vitamin E–perfect for soothing multiple skin issues. Eczema, burns and irritated skin can be soothed with any skin care product boasting hemp oil. I get terrible eczema on my elbows and face, (thanks, dad) and I use a heavy-duty balm by Emu that gives me relief in seconds.
Natural candles are on the rise with millennials and hemp oil candles are a surprising new twist to this traditional home decor. Lighting a candle with hemp oil allows for soothing aromatherapy, boasting such benefits as easing headaches, and stabilizing mood swings. Candles in general emit a relaxing, sexy ambiance so why not get one with some extra perks?
Scientists are incredibly interested in how marijuana affects mental health, and several studies have been done examining its effectiveness on depression and anxiety. Some studies have shown evidence that marijuana helps stabilize moods by increasing production of endocannabinoids, a receptor in the brain responsible for psychological responses. Definitely communicate with you doctor or therapist if this is a path you are considering using weed for, as in some people, some strains of marijuana can have adverse effects with those prone to anxiety.
Being a woman is hard in a lot of different ways, but once a month that irritating period comes raging in, causing painful cramps and hyper-annoyance. Smoking weed can put it’s anti-inflammatory properties to work fast on those cramps, and help stabilize mood. Using hemp-based balms on cramping areas can actually prove to replace your pain-killers or heating pads and get you out of that fetal-position and on with living your life. Highly recommended by this chick.
Use of opioids in this country is at an all-time high, inciting the Attorney General to name it an epidemic. Pills like Vicodin or Oxycontin are causing a record number of overdoses in states around the country, and there seems to be very little that the government or local governments can do to arrest it at this point. Decriminalizing use of these products has proven to decrease overdoses and increase the likelihood that addicts will come forward for help, but while we wait for that to never happen, weed has become increasingly popular as a way to decrease or detox completely from opiate use. Marijuana appears to be a good substitute for run of the mill pain-killers and can also help ease extremely painful or uncomfortable detox symptoms.
Massage is a beautiful and sometimes expensive way to treat yourself to some hard-core stress relief. Using massage oil that’s infused with cannabis oil can actually attack and relax tense muscles and stress trigger points on our bodies faster than regular massage oil. If you use a regular masseuse (look at you, all fancy), clue them in on this awesome treat and bring your own cannabis massage oil or ask if they provide it!
PET’S PAIN RELIEF
Marijuana products are now not only for human consumption. Products are being made and sold now which can benefit your dog’s overall health. Neurological disorders, pain and inflammation in your pets can be treated using marijuana. Make sure you research the products you’re buying and double check the dosages, as pets require way less than humans. Check out this other blog for more information about using cannabis for your pup!