How to Build Healthier Cannabis Habits
When it comes to cannabis, the majority of people exclusively use it for recreational purposes. While it is a wonderful product for this style of use, there is more to gain from cannabis if you use the right approach. If you have been reading more about how cannabis can be used for productive purposes, you might be wondering where to start.
As a recreational and lifestyle cannabis user, I wanted to share how I improved my relationship with cannabis using the right habits.
Don’t Only Use it for Fun
Smoking weed is fun, and it is perfect for winding down at the end of the night. It’s fun at parties. It’s fun with friends. It’s great for concerts or while watching silly movies. There are so many ways to enjoy marijuana in this way, but that isn’t the only thing that it is good for.
To start building a healthier relationship with cannabis, expand how you use it. Use it in smaller doses around the day to get chores done or to even knock out some work. When you don’t exclusively use it for fun, you will be more open to its potential. Break the belief that weed is only for hanging out and watch how your relationship with it evolves.
Skip a Day
Since cannabis is pretty great, it isn’t surprising that most of us like to use it every day. While there is nothing wrong with daily cannabis use, it isn’t a bad idea to skip a day every once in a while. By skipping your daily cannabis use, you can give your body a small reset. Generally, I find that this helps my brain to take a break and benefit more from using it the next day.
When you skip a day, you can benefit from a temporary absence. Even though it takes weed a while to work its way out of your system, taking a day away can help your mind to reset. It works wonders for maintaining clarity and can help you to give your mind a break. While cannabis has a variety of benefits for the brain, THC is still a mind-altering substance. Giving your brain a day to rest and recharge can be a nice reprieve.
Like most, I love cannabis. I love what it offers my day. I love the relief that it can bring to my mind. It’s a valued tool in my home and a great way to spend an evening every once in a while. So, why would I take time away from it?
The reality is that constant exposure to anything generally influences how effective it is. Tolerance is a big concern for regular cannabis users, which is why many scientists now promote T-Breaks. These breaks are short detoxes that help your body to start getting more out of your cannabis use and keep your tolerance low. Studies have shown that even a couple of weeks can make a huge difference.
An increase in THC tolerance is why so many people end up using more and more cannabis to get the same result. Let’s be honest, cannabis isn’t exactly cheap. Regular detoxes can help you to get a lot more out of a lot less.
A full detox might be more than you want or need, and that is fine. In general, I advise people to try a week or two off to start just based on my own personal experience. The frequency that you do this at will be specific to you.
On average, every couple of months, I take some time away. When I do this, I notice that I experience better effects from my use and it helps me to do a hard reset, which I personally believe improves my cognition.
Get Used to Using it in New Ways
A great way to start building better cannabis habits is to use it in new ways. If you want to teach your mind to be more productive with cannabis use, a great way to get started is with chores. So often people focus on simply vegging out when they smoke. While that is good sometimes, you might be surprised to see how much you can get done once you start moving.
As you get used to using cannabis in new ways, you’ll find more opportunities for productivity. Use it for small work tasks like data entry or responding to emails. You’ll find that you get more comfortable thinking clearly and productively while using it.
If you’re more interested in more productive cannabis use, you can check out my article on it here:
Using Cannabis To Be More Productive
No, cannabis isn’t just there to get you high.
There is absolutely a time and a place to smoke a full blunt and have a good laugh, but that time and place isn’t every day — at least not during working hours.
Personally, I believe that the reason most people don’t know how to functionally use cannabis is that they aren’t used to using smaller amounts. Most people smoke to get high, and while that’s a great way to use it, it definitely limits what you can take away from the experience, particularly during the day.
Cannabis use, particularly with higher amounts, is linked to time distortion. When we’re high, we tend to stop perceiving time in a standard way. It is how you might end up staring in the pantry for fifteen minutes without knowing or why you think an hour has passed when it has only been three minutes when an edible kicks in. This trait in particular is not helpful for being productive because it makes it more difficult to manage your time.
When you start using cannabis for productive purposes, it can be really helpful to start small. Remember, your goal here isn’t to get high. You don’t need a lot to get the benefits during productive use. Microdosing is a popular technique in Silicon Valley, the land of the productive — and it is easy to see why. When you microdose, you can receive the benefits without the impairment, and that is where the magic happens.
A full edible or joint is great to have a fun time, but trace amounts can help you in ways that you might not expect. Begin by cutting your usual dose by 75%. Try 2.5-milligram edibles or a single hit from a vape pen, then see how you feel.
If you feel high, use less. If you don’t feel much of anything, try being productive and see if you notice anything different in your actions or way of thinking. If you don’t, you can try a little more. Run the experiment and figure out the right amount for your body during certain tasks so you always know where to start.
When I first started using cannabis, I was just a college kid looking to have some fun. Over time, I realized just how much I could improve my daily life by taking a more scientific approach to my use. Now, I use cannabis as a tool to get the most out of my life and to run my business. And hey, I still have fun with it too!
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