If you were to ask 100 cannabis consumers why they use it, chances are more than half would say something like "cannabis is relaxing." Here’s why that is.
Stress affects virtually everyone.
For some people, work is their biggest cause of stress. For others, it could be financial or family issues. Others might be dealing with illness or the loss of a loved one. Still more might be battling an emotional disorder or trying to recover from a traumatic event.
We need relief from stress in order to clear our minds and release physical tension. If we’re unable to relax, however, we can compromise our physical and mental health. And while healthy lifestyle factors like a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper sleep can promote relaxation, sometimes the stress is still too much. Sometimes, we need more relief.
And since cannabis is relaxing, it can help provide that relief.
How it works
When we’re anxious, our bodies emit hormones that transmit stress signals to our nervous system. According to current scientific theory, our endocannabinoid system responds to those signals by producing a cannabinoid called anandamide. Anandamide is designed to connect with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of our endocannabinoid system. When it does, it helps regulate things like your appetite, memory, emotions, and sensitivity to pain.
The trouble is, it doesn’t always work.
If you experience chronic stress, anxiety, or trauma, you’re at risk for anandamide deficiency, which can hinder your body’s natural regulatory system. The THC and CBD in cannabis counteracts this deficiency, taking the place of anandamide in your CB receptors, and helping you feel less stressed, more relaxed, and even sleepy.
Relaxing cannabis strains
Having trouble relaxing? These cannabis strains can help you chill out:
- Northern Lights: A classic choice that can provide some quick peace and quiet after long, hectic day
- Master Kush: Produces a perfect blend of full-body relaxation and deep concentration
- AC/DC: Keeps you clear-headed and focused in even the most uncomfortable of social settings
- Canna-Tsu: Pain, inflammation, and emotional stress are no match for the mellowing hybrid strain
- Willy’s Wonder: This indica-dominant hybrid will send you hightailing it to the bed for a better-than-good night’s sleep
Watch your dosage
Note: While cannabis is relaxing, using too much of it can have the opposite effect. The amount of cannabis that can take you from relaxed to anxious can be very small. Consult your local budtender for tips on how to best balance your bud.