November just started but it feels like it’s been going on forever. The super slow results and razor thin margins have likely inspired a thousand panic attacks. For many of us, it’s been very difficult to concentrate and to not succumb to our worst impulses — mainly the constant refreshing of interactive maps and eating all the junk food in sight. Even if it feels like the country is falling apart, it’s important to take care of yourself and your relationships. Marijuana can help.
While the herb can be a great escape mechanism, it can also be a constructive way of grounding yourself in the present and curbing other coping mechanisms that are more harmful. Here are 5 ways marijuana can help cure your election hangover:
It can curb your drinking
2020 has had no mercy. The gloves have been off since March, pummeling us with a barrage of COVID-19 cases and uncertainties. The elections are much of the same, giving us a free pass to drink earlier every day. While drinking does help to make us feel better in the short term, marijuana might play a more effective role in the long term, eliminating hangovers, treating your body more kindly and preventing sad drunken episodes. Next time you feel yourself itching to reach for that bottle of wine or that whisky you’ve been saving for a special occasion (the end of the world counts), reach for a joint instead. Your body will thank you.
It can help you eat
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If you’re someone who feels anxiety in the pit of your stomach, hindering the desire to eat, marijuana might help; THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, has been shown to stimulate appetite.
According to a 2015 Yale study, neurons in the brain that are normally involved in suppressing appetite were being tricked by THC. Lead author Tamas Horvath of the study explains it this way:
“It’s like pressing a car’s brakes and accelerating instead. We were surprised to find that the neurons we thought were responsible for shutting down eating, were suddenly being activated and promoting hunger, even when you are full. It fools the brain’s central feeding system.”
You just need to invest in a strain that will give you the munchies, facilitating the enjoyment of a good meal. Here are 10 strains to get you started.
It can help you feel more present
Marijuana is an interesting compound; while it makes a lot of people feel good, it also makes a lot of people feel paranoid. That’s not what you want mid-elections. Manage your intake and have a talk with your budtender. As long as you keep an eye on your dosage, you’re likely to avoid bad reactions. Marijuana can help you have engaging conversations with friends, enjoy the outdoors , or help you get lost in a video game, book or movie. When used correctly, it’ll rein in your brain when it feels like going to the doom and gloom place.
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The right strain and dosage of marijuana can help you relax — something you might be needing after the very intense week we’ve all had. Consider the method of consumption: If you’re having an edible, be patient and eat it during the earlier part of the day. If you’re smoking, pace yourself through the night and keep yourself hydrated. The idea is to relax, not to knock yourself out. Unless that’s what you want, in which case, go for it.
Much needed sleep
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Perhaps the most common ailment affecting many of us is insomnia. After a week of staying up and watching the news, it might be difficult to get back to your normal sleep schedule. While marijuana can do a lot of the work for you, another thing you can use to your advantage is devising a sleep routine and avoiding screens while in bed. Difficult, but not impossible. Here are 5 more tips to help you fall asleep faster.