Pineapple Express. How High. Up In Smoke. Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. If any of these movie titles ring a bell, then you’ve probably been exposed to the wonderful world of “stoner comedies” and all the stereotypes that come with it. Sure, I love Seth Rogen just as much as you do, but his name alone is almost synonymous with the word “high.” Heading into the year 2020, there are many benefits of cannabis other than getting “high.”
Cannabis has an interesting relationship with society. A majority of us who are users are looking to get “high” while the other half are looking for medicinal relief. Well, can’t it be both? Of course it can, and it should be, but the term “high” has and will continue to have a negative connotation with cannabis.
For instance, back to Seth. He’s portrayed as a lovable stoner who’s shortcomings in his character’s lives are almost always a byproduct of him being “high.” After smoking he makes terrible decisions, is forgetful, and what seems to be a brilliant idea to him, is not. Anyone who has medicated before can attest to some of these factors, however, it’s not always the case.
MEDICAL BENEFITS OF CANNABIS
Many people now turn to cannabis to alleviate a wide range of ailments and sicknesses. Research has shown that cannabis is a safe alternative to much heavier, over the counter synthetic medication. Cancer patients are now using cannabis to help reduce such symptoms as nausea and vomiting, common side effects of chemotherapy. Indica strains of cannabis are known to help with pain. Sativa strains can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Sativas are also known to increase concentration and help with creativity and focus.
Below is a list of other benefits and ailments that cannabis has to offer and may help with:
- Chronic pain
- Headaches & migraines
- Movement disorders
- Sleep disorders
FEELING THE “HIGH”
With any cannabis product, a psychoactive effect is to be expected. Many people think of being “high” as the symptoms that Seth regularly displays, but these can be viewed as beneficial depending on the person.
As a result of stereotypes, laziness and fatigue is often associated with marijuana. The couch locked feeling that seems to glue your body to whatever you may be lounging on. Well generally, when smoking indica strains of flower, you do feel a type of “body high” that helps with pain management and feelings of restlessness. For instance, medical patients also use indica strains to help with insomnia. By relaxing your body with indica strains, many patients see an increase in their sleep quality without the assistance of potent drugs like Ambien.
We also associate being “dim-witted” as another effect of smoking. Once “high” people assume that their I.Q. goes down a few points. Making decisions seem hard and you can feel deep in your thoughts for what feels like a few minutes, but in reality, it is a few hours.
Sativa strains may have a role in these effects. When we ingest sativa, the “high” associated with it provides users with a deep euphoric head high. Many artists, creatives, and regular users alike use this to be more productive and increase creative thoughts. Sativa strains also help uplift moods for people suffering from anxiety, depression and stress. So by getting that euphoric and heavy head high, mental awareness and stimulation is sure to go up.
WHAT TO REALLY EXPECT
In general, once you do try out cannabis, it’s not what you expect it to be. No, you will not stumble and uncover a drug lord’s massive empire and be on the run for your life with your weed dealer named Saul. You won’t have an insatiable appetite for white castle burgers that takes you on a crazy journey to satisfy. Unfortunately, you will probably not meet Neil Patrick Harris.
But what you can expect is relief from a variety of ailments without the side effects of over the counter medication. By having a positive mindset of what cannabis has to offer, it can be beneficial in all aspects of your life. Cannabis can be safely incorporated into your lifestyle. As cannabis becomes more and more accessible each day, now may be the right time to see if its right for you. By doing your due diligence of research and information, your decision may be life-changing. You may even find a new best friend in the form of a marijuana delivery service.