When I started using cannabis in 2016 I only knew about THC, which meant I was only getting high. Now that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it did become too much for me.
When my family and I moved to Colorado in 2017, I was so excited because I knew it would be an opportunity for me to learn about weed, and was I right.
My journey with weed has been anything but perfect - it has been up and down! But it's through my missteps that I came up with these seven things to consider before adding cannabis in your life.
And finally, in 2020, now 2021 - I’m excited to share my updated lessons learned, hoping it will help you find your way of living the cannabis-friendly lifestyle.
Less is more
Cannabis is a powerful plant medicine that naturally works with our endocannabinoid system. (learn more here) As someone who has an addictive personality, in the beginning, I went overboard! I worked hard to get my tolerance up. Lol. I, honestly thought the using more weed would improve my pain, my stomach issues, anxiety, and just my life in general.
But with the amount I consumed, sometimes the pain and anxiety would get worse, not better. And so I used more thinking I needed more. Learn more about the entourage effect and how using terpenes and cannabinoids can oftentimes be way better than just using THC.
I’m thankful to have learned about micro-dosing and that the less you use, often the better you will feel.
While this isn’t always true for everyone, it’s still best to start with a small dosage and wait to see how you feel. It is possible to use weed to improve your life, you probably just don't need as much as you think.
Figuring out your dosage takes time
I have to admit dosing is not exactly my thing. Math is my weakness, but in the weed industry - math is everywhere. So I have slowly re-learned math, and it’s not that bad when you are talking about cannabis! Lol.
It’s best to start with a small dosage for a few days and see how you feel. A lot of coaches will say to journal or document your experience and to track your dosage.
When I started using weed, and I think like most of us - I didn't do any of this. I like to follow - listen to your body. Here is the thing with weed - your tolerance will change, your experience will change. The same strain may work one day and not the next.
Because weed is able to work with our endocannabinoid system, and weed can help repair our body. Weed won't always work the same way because you will hopefully feel better when you use it correctly.
I used weed to help with pain, sleep and in the end, it has helped me with so much more.
Talk to your doctor
Now, this might be hard if you are in a prohibition state, but depending on how your relationship is with your doctor, this could be an excellent place to start.
I have never told a doctor that I used weed until I moved to Colorado.
My doctor is not able to help me find products or help me with dosing, but him being aware of how I care for myself, helps him take care of me when cannabis doesn’t do the trick.
Weed is able to help with things like sleep, pain, eating, IBS, depression, anxiety but having the proper support and your medical team being aware of your weed use is essential to having weed improve your life.
Find a Cannabis coach
If talking to your doctor is out of the question, consider finding a cannabis coach. With cannabis becoming legal on the state level, cannabis coaching is a new occupation.
Cannabis coaches can help you add cannabis to your life by helping you with dosing, consuming, products, strains, and overall information about the cannabis plant.
If you are looking for a cannabis coach, book a 1 hr consultation with me. I help women get comfortable with weed in their life.
Do your homework
This is so important, and I wish I had done this in the beginning. Cannabis is a complicated plant, and the U.S is way behind on research. Israel is the leading researcher for cannabis.
Cannabis is not created equally; what works for one person may not work for the other.
Cannabis is like hundreds of medicines in one plant.
It’s all dependent on how you use and how much you use and how it will interact with your body, which can be different from person to person.
Determine how you want to feel - energized or relaxed, what is hurting?
I created a free 6 article blog series to get started with weed. I believe weed has the potential to improve your life when you know how the complicated plant works.
To really dive into weed and how to make it work for you, book a consultation with me.
CBD is a great friend to THC
It is possible to use cannabis and not be high. The cannabinoid CBD is excellent for that.
I started adding CBD to my regiment shortly after I moved to Colorado, and it’s been a god-send in my life.
I love being able to use the medicine of my choice and not get high.
It was life-changing and helped me re-gain control after only using THC. I rarely use just THC these days; I love the combo of THC and CBD. It does wonders for me personally.
CBD has certainly had its time making trends and leading the world that using CBD can improve your life. But many are missing out on what THC and CBD with aromatherapy can do to improve your life.
Be patient and take your time
Using cannabis takes time. It’s not like a prescription pill from the doctors. It takes research, structure, and dedication to make cannabis work the way you want it to for your life.
What works for me probably won’t for you. No two people are the same, so be patient, and once again, always start small!
Using cannabis as a wellness tool to help improve your life is a decision to be taken seriously as if you were taking a prescription drug.
Cannabis can improve your life, help you feel elevated, but it’s also easy to go overboard and get couch-locked.
Be smart, do your homework, take your time, and ease into weed. Cannabis can be life-changing when used correctly.
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