The turn of the new year is the most popular time to start anew. A new year, a new you, so they say. So we make a list of our New Year’s resolutions and promise to do better this time. We all have our own reasons why we may want to try and improve ourselves. Some of us may want to be more social and connect with people, so we strive to overcome our social anxiety. Some of us may want to look and feel better, so we embark on a weight loss journey. Others want to finish writing their novel, renovating their homes, or getting their thesis’ done. Some of us simply want to quit a bad habit.
So we all promise to be more focused and determined.
If you’re like me, you’ve already given up on your New Year’s resolutions. I was supposed to give up buying processed sugar and made it all of 46 hours before I cracked and ate my weight in Junior Mints. Just because you may have slipped up, however, does not mean that you can’t still try and make your resolutions a reality. If every change in your life was subject to only one mistake before giving up on it completely, we’d never evolve. We’d still be the same people we were a decade ago. And some people are! But most have sought change. And it did not happen overnight or without any slip-ups.
Instead of feeling guilty for having not completed your goals, despite it still only being January, try introducing cannabis and see if that helps with your resolutions. And no, you don’t need to get high for it to work. We recently discussed the art of Micro-dosing with cannabis and how you can get some of the benefits of medical weed without being stoned.
Exercise and Weed
Many people who want to lose weight begin to lose motivation because they don’t enjoy exercising. Once the initial adrenaline and excitement of having New Year’s resolutions wears off, you’re left with the nothing but a lot of hours to spend doing essentially the same thing over and over again. After all, most exercise routines done at home can be pretty boring. Half an hour on a treadmill or a stationary bike can seem like hours.
I know that when I’ve had a work-out goal and quit in the past, it was because I was so bored with spending an hour doing the same 4 exercises with no real immediate results. Obviously, that’s the wrong mindset to have when trying to get healthier. You can’t look for instant results or you will be disappointed. There may even be days that it looks like you’re actually putting ON weight. That’s OK!
The trick is knowing that every time you feel your heart beating fast because of intense cardio or when your muscles are inflamed from doing heavy lifting, it’s your body telling you that you’ve done good work and that you’re getting better.
Still, none of this makes the actual mundanity of these exercises any easier. Thankfully, there are cannabis products that can make your exercise routine more fun. We’ve discussed using cannabis before working out before.
Strains like Blue Mountain Durban, as well as Strawberry Cough, are known to boost energy, as well as mood. These effects can help make you feel more determined and motivated to finish your hour on the treadmill.
In addition to these effects, pot also has analgesic properties. This can help you deal with post-exercise muscle pain and soreness. Who knows, you might even be able to add another half-hour to your workout routine!
If you want the same benefits, without getting high, you can switch to CBD products. CBD also has properties that improve mood, reduce pain, and relieve muscle soreness and cramps. CBD is nonpsychoactive, so you won’t feel any psychoactive effects THC is known for.
Of note, be cautious using high-THC strains if your exercise routine requires fast thinking like stair running and high-intensity interval training programs. These types of exercise require fast thinking, agility, and speed, and THC is known to impair these functions. Weed is best used for repetitive home exercises such as yoga, treadmill, and the stationary bike.
Focus and Weed
Now, if someone had told me in high school that I should try smoking a joint to help focus on getting a project completed, I would have laughed while also thanking them for giving me a reason to smoke. You see, if not used correctly, cannabis can make getting a project done even more difficult. And that is likely most of our experience when trying to get something done while high. However, when using the principles behind micro-dosing, you might find that a small amount of THC actually helps spark a level of motivation you need to complete your New Year’s resolutions.
Cannabis strains like Sativa-dominant Bubba Kush and Island Sweet Skunk contain a high level of a terpene called pinene. Pinene, according to studies, boosts learning, focus, and attention.
It also has the ability to improve memory, as well as enhance motivation and creativity. So if you’re having trouble starting your project and/or completing it, a toke or two of these pinene-rich cannabis strains may be able to help you get things done.
I should note that cannabis, despite many people’s claims, is not a miracle drug. It can do some pretty remarkable things, but alas, it is only a plant, at the end of the day. If you don’t have any motivation or the conviction to finish the project in the first place, then cannabis won’t be able to help you that much. Weed enhances your mood and what you’re feeling. So if you feel defeated and over it, then cannabis may not help. However, if you remain positive and optimistic, cannabis can be a very useful tool.
Social Anxiety and Weed
Simply put; social anxiety deprives you of the pleasure of being around people. It imprisons you in your own mind and makes you afraid of interacting with your peers. Left uncontrolled, it can lead to social isolation. It also lowers self-esteem and causes depression.
If you are suffering from social anxiety or are even socially awkward around people, then you may benefit from cannabis. While some people find that cannabis make their social anxiety worse, it actually has properties that can help ease the symptoms of social anxiety. It relaxes the mind and the body, and it also boosts mood. In a way, cannabis can help you loosen up a little bit and make you more sociable around people.
The trick, like the other suggestions, is starting small and seeing how it feels. You may find that it makes it worse, however, you may be surprised to find that with just a little bit of THC you’ll notice yourself relaxing.
Some of the top cannabis strains that can help people dealing with social anxiety are Pink Death Star and Girl Scout Cookies. These strains are rich in caryophyllene which is known for its relaxing, anti-anxiety, and anti-stress properties.
Nicotine Addiction and Weed
Need to kick the habit of smoking cigarettes? Then see if CBD products help you. Cannabidiol, according to studies, helps reduce nicotine cravings and drug-seeking behavior. It also helps reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation such as irritability and anxiety.
Nicotine is a stimulant and can affect your sleep. CBD not only relaxes the mind but also promotes better sleep. If you feel like you’ve tried everything else, why not see if cannabis does the trick?!
If using cannabis to help with your New Year’s Resolution, always remember that your aim is not to get high. I mean, it can be. I don’t judge. But you may find that it does not help very much. What you’re aiming for is to let cannabis enhance or boost what you’re already feeling, while also reducing the negative emotions that keep you from achieving your goal.
So, as our mantra goes; start low and go slow.
Be Good To Yourself
Completing big New Year’s resolutions is never easy and won’t happen overnight. That’s kind of the point. It takes determination and lots of self-control to stick to your goals. Even then, you may feel like you’re not reaching what you want as fast as you’d like. In that case, bare with me as I use the most overused saying of all time; it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.
Bettering yourself is just that. A journey.
It doesn’t matter what the end result is. The very act of trying to improve your health, be it physical or mental, or completing a challenging task is what resolutions are all about. Or should be. The desired end result is not a completed task or goal but greater self-care and self-love.
So do it. I dare you.