When discussing cannabis the main topic has been focused around medical cannabis for chronic illnesses and treatment. But what about the benefits of cannabis for your lifestyle and wellness?
There are other benefits of cannabis that need to be talked about which impacts the greater community and not just those with medical illnesses… we need to acknowledge that, the benefits of cannabis can lead to a healthy lifestyle for everyone.
The holistic nature of cannabis is the key to your overall wellness.
But what is wellness? Wellness is simply overall health on all basic levels such as mental, emotional, behavioral, physical and spiritual health.
In this article, we will take a look at how the benefits of Cannabis can impact you in various aspects of your life.
“Extending patience, promoting gentleness and forgiveness, inspiring creativity, improving the appetite and enjoyment of food, making jokes funnier and sex more satisfying, enhancing our sense of play and wonder, and countless other ways of making us both healthier and happier.”
Steve DeAngelo, Author of the Cannabis Manifesto
Wellness Benefits of Cannabis
Cannabis and those Happy Chemicals
Did you know that the effects of Cannabis on the body are similar to when you exercise?
Do you know that feeling after a long run, hard exercise session? It’s a sense of well-being, happy relief? Well, it is the same happy feeling when Cannabis is ingested.
Popular belief for years was that that ‘HIGH’ was due to a release of endorphins ONLY. However, a study done by researchers at Germany’s University of Heidelberg uncovered that, that high experienced often by runners (hence it is called ‘runner’s high’) is associated to endocannabinoids not just endorphins.
The high-intensity exercise increases the blood levels of both β-endorphin (an opioid) and anandamide (an endocannabinoid).
The endocannabinoid system is the same system Cannabis taps into in the body which is the reason you feel a similar ‘HIGH’ and sense of well-being to running long distance or a hard workout.
So by using cannabis, you can tap into that system your body naturally does through the exercise to give you a great, calming sense of well-being.
In fact, a few types of exercise mediums combined the two in one for a heightened experience.
Cannabis and yoga are a particular combination seen often, for instance, there are now studios in certain cities such as San Francisco that offers a semi-weekly “ganja yoga” class.
The reason for combining yoga and cannabis is to increase relaxation, create a deeper spiritual awareness, intensify the ‘bliss’ and enhance the inner self-reflection that one cycles through when practising yoga.
Another trend on the rise with cannabis and exercise is ‘ganja pilates’. The reason for this increasing trend is due to cannabis effects of the body, especially after exercise.
Pilates is a very intensive workout that can take its toll on your body especially when you frequently work out.
Mixing cannabis before and/or after a pilates workout can help with muscle relaxation, reduces muscle tension, decreases the risk of muscle spasms and allows for greater focus.
Cannabis for Spirituality
Did you know Cannabis has a spiritual nature? In some countries, it is ingrained in their beliefs and for others, it is part of their daily meditation.
The India God Shiva is probably the most notable when it comes to the discussion of cannabis and spiritual or emotional wellness.
Cannabis has been popular in India since around 2000 to 1400 B.C. According to The Vedas, cannabis was one of five sacred plants. The Vedas call cannabis a source of happiness, joy-giver, liberator that was compassionately given to humans to help us attain delight and lose fear.
Mixing both cannabis and meditation is seen most evident throughout South Asia in some of the most popular spiritual sectors such as Buddhists, Naths, Shaivites and Goddess Worshippers.
Cannabis is also seen in Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Sufism and various other religious groups throughout the world.
The consensus around this combination is the belief that cannabis helps slow the mind and enter the state of ‘profound stillness’ while heightening awareness.
Aside from religious groups and beliefs many modern-day users too find it aids their spiritual connection and meditating routines. It helps them center themselves during stressful times and provide clarity and peace.
Cannabis can truly impact your well-being by bringing you closer to your spiritual side and provide you with a heightened feeling of peace and connection to yourself.
Cannabis for Relaxation
Cannabis widely recognised for providing a relaxing experience for most. It actually can help people on many different levels to relax and rest to help increase their self-well being and value of life.
Let me explain…
It’s no secret that cannabis is known to uplift one’s spirit and bring a smile to the face but is there a biological reason for this?
A study published in the journal of European Neuropsychopharmacology found cannabis to be a vital role in emotional health concluding,
“Cannabis is an essential aspect of appropriate social interactions and interpersonal relationships.”