It’s long been known in Eastern countries that cannabis can be used to treat a variety of symptoms and disorders, both physical and mental. Now Western medicine is catching onto the fact that cannabis can be used as medicine. But it can be hard to figure out which strain to use, or even how to administer it, given that there are so many different types of marijuana strains and hybrids, and there are lots of creative ways that people are administering and ingesting it. If you’ve ever walked into a dispensary and seen the different varieties and names, and felt overwhelmed, fear not. There is a way to determine which type of weed and high you need to treat your ailments
What’s the difference?
The first thing you’ve probably noticed is that people commonly refer to their experiences with marijuana in terms of saying they either had a “head high” or a “body high”. It may sound like hippy nonsense but knowing the difference can actually be really helpful. A “head high” produces psychological effects, often having energizing effects, euphoria, and optimism, and allowing a person to focus on things with ease. A “body high” creates a calming effect, and people often report feeling “melted to the couch” because of its nearly sedative effects. So, a “head high” is good for depression,
The most obvious reason for the different effects is that there are different strains. The two most dominant strains are Indica and Sativa.
Sativa produces a “head high”, due to high levels of CBD in it. It’s good to smoke during the day if you need to remain productive because you’re able to feel energized and focused. Some people attribute creativity to Sativa, and it makes music and cartoons awesome. Colors appear more vividly, and sounds are more enhanced. And, often people feel happier and more optimistic after smoking it, which makes it a good choice for those with depression. It would be a great choice for a depressed artist with ADHD. However, it’s not a good idea to go straight for Sativa if you’re experiencing anxiety, as sometimes it can create a sense of paranoia and makes it worse.
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The Effects of Edibles
How you ingest the pot makes a difference, as well. It was previously thought that the reason you get more psychological effects from smoking weed is
The reason you get
Put Your Pot to Good Use!
If you’re wondering who could possibly need such a potent high, the answer to that is varied, as edibles can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Obviously, a more intense high would be good for cancer patients (especially those who can’t smoke due to lung conditions), or for those who experience immense pain for long periods of time. I have Crohn’s disease, and I can also attest to the fact that absorbing marijuana directly into the digestive tract helps with digestive disorders and any type of pain in your guts. It would also be good for someone who experiences immense depression but doesn’t have anxiety. (Side note: if you have anxiety, steer clear from anything that says “intense”, edibles or otherwise. Edibles give you an intense, prolonged high. As the officers in Toronto found out, an intense high can result in a lot of anxiety and panic.)
So, now that you know about the different types of highs, you’ll be better able to choose which variety of weed you purchase. Remember to be cautious when eating edibles. Even though they give you an intense high, it can take about half an hour to an hour to kick in, which makes it really tempting to eat more in the meantime. And, if you do happen to eat too much, do some cardio. Exercise gets the blood pumping and aids metabolism, which can help to push it out of your system faster. This is also great when you have to go out and you’re stoned out of your mind. Just do some cardio real quick, drink a bunch of water, and you’ll be good to go in no time!