Sleep better, look better, feel better – sounds like a dream, right? If you’re the New Year’s resolution type, you may be two weeks into the best year of your life. You know, the one where you finally get a handle on nutrition, fitness, that nagging back pain, and your propensity for leaning on OTC pain killers a little too heavily. While it’s true that the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions – some 92%!– are abandoned at some point, you have a secret weapon at your fingertips. Yep, we’re talking about cannabis.
Stick to those Workouts
The hardest part of working out is usually just finding the motivation to get yourself to the gym or that early morning class. And that’s where cannabis can be the best little training partner ever. Different strains are known for different effects, and in general, sativas can be just what you need for that energy boost. Indicas are often touted for their calming, therapeutic properties, which can be key for muscle recovery. Our Kynd Balm is a great option for aching muscles too. Plus, there’s the enjoyment factor. If you’re having fun and enjoying the experience, you’re more likely to stay the course and stick to those fitness goals.
It’s the opposite of conventional wisdom – you know, the old yarn that cannabis is something for lazy stoners – but cannabis really can help improve focus, motivation, and productivity.
Follow that Nutrition Plan
Cravings can derail even the most committed among us, which can make improving nutrition a challenging resolution. The good news? It’s doable! And cannabis, that versatile little plant, can help by actually suppressing appetite. While THC is known for jumpstarting appetite – something very valuable in people undergoing chemotherapy treatments – CBD has the opposite effect. Pop a CBD capsule, and not only while you not get the munchies, you’ll likely not be distracted by the idea of food at all until dinner time. A concentrate or flower that has a more balanced ratio of THC and CBD can mean you keep your appetite, but you feel satiated faster.
Pro tip – strains high in humulene, that telltale terpene also found in basil, clove, and hops, are most noted for appetite suppression. Ask for your favorite budtender for a recommendation!
Get Better Sleep
If a better physique is your goal, high quality sleep is key. The startling truth is this – fewer than seven hours a night can actually undo all your hard work in the gym and in the kitchen. Less sleep means less fat burned and less energy to exercise, with one study showing that sleep-deprived dieters burn 55 percent less than their well-rested peers. Fortunately, cannabis has been shown to restore the natural sleep cycle, which is so often disrupted as a result of stress and our overly scheduled lives. It doesn’t matter if your sleep issues stem from an inability to relax after a long day, or you truly struggle with a sleep disorder. Either way, cannabis can help. Studies have associated THC with the ability to induce sleep, and there are lots of consumption methods you might consider. So put down the nightly glass of wine and consider an edible instead, or ask your budtender for a specific recommendation.
Put Down the Pain Pills
An aching back, a pounding headache, general soreness here and there – these are all routine reasons people reach for over-the-counter pain medications. But just because they’re ubiquitous doesn’t mean painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are without risk. Once again, cannabis can be a more effective option for pain relief, including the chronic, debilitating kind. There are so many options for pain relief – a topical that you can massage into your temples, back, or joint, tinctures and capsules for widespread relief, edibles, flower, and more.
Committing to self improvement is tough, and any edge you can get – the legal, safe, non-cheating kind, of course – can be the difference between failure and success. If you haven’t considered cannabis yet in your pursuit of a healthier you, it may be time to think again. Ask your favorite budtender for details and recommendations, and here’s to a strong, healthy 2019!