We want to thank everyone who helped us celebrate our 4th anniversary by participating
in our awesome giveaways. COVID has prevented us from all being together to
celebrate, but once it is safe, we will have an epic anniversary event!
CANNABIS AND WELLNESS
The rest of March, we are focusing on Wellness and the ways cannabis can be involved in wellness practices.
*We at Higher Grade are not medical professionals, and the content we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and cannabis use.
At Higher Grade, we like to think of cannabis use more holistically than just as a means
of “getting high.” Years of research have shown that cannabis is a poly-pharmaceutical
plant (containing many medicines) with vast medicinal potential to heal the mind and
body. Cannabis contains an extensive array of phytochemicals, the compounds
responsible for the plant’s colors, flavors, aromas, effects, and therapeutic values.
Phytochemicals are found all over the cannabis plant, with the highest concentration in
the trichomes. Cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are examples of cannabis
phytochemicals with which you may already be familiar. Studies show these
phytochemicals have powerful healing potential and provide the different flavors,
aromas, highs, and esthetics we love about cannabis.
A common narrative surrounding cannabis use is that it’s merely a form of getting
intoxicated, like alcohol, and its users are often touted as lazy, unmotivated, and
addicted. Despite the plant’s vast healing potential, cannabis is left out of many
conversations surrounding wellness and self-care. At Higher Grade, we hope to lessen
the stigma surrounding cannabis use, as we feel there are many ways you can
beneficially incorporate cannabis into your wellness practices. Wellness means being in
good health, but it also means much more than just being disease or illness-free. True
wellness is a state of mental, physical, and social well-being where one is thriving, not
One of the most common ways people contribute to their wellness is through exercise.
As mentioned before, there is a common misconception that people who regularly
consume cannabis are lazy or unathletic. While cannabis does stimulate the appetite,
studies show that, in general, regular cannabis users tend to have a lower BMI and
are less likely to be obese than the average American.
Studies on the relationship between cannabis use and exercise are limited. Still, one article published in Frontiers in Public Health suggests that there is generally a positive relationship between cannabis use before and after exercise for regular cannabis users.
The people interviewed in this study live in states where cannabis is legal, and the average age of participants is 37 years old. The majority of people who responded that they use
cannabis either before or after exercise reported that they felt enhanced enjoyment
during exercise and enhanced recovery after. Half of those who use cannabis with
exercise reported increased motivation to exercise. These positive findings do not mean
there aren’t adverse side effects of cannabis co-use with exercise. Cannabis can be
very intoxicating, and exercising, while extremely high, could lead to injury. The article
states that the “potency and amount of cannabis used, type and context of exercise,
and individual health status likely impact whether co-use is a safe and beneficial option.”
Another interesting point the article brings up is that there is a significant overlap
between states that have legalized cannabis and states with higher levels of physical
activity. It is safe to say that using cannabis does not disqualify you from being an
athlete, and we eagerly await more substantial research on the subject.
Another common wellness practice is yoga, an ancient physical and spiritual discipline
from India that incorporates breathing techniques, exercise, and meditation. There are
several different types and many disciplines within the practice of yoga. According to
John Hopkins Medicine, there are various reasons that a regular yoga practice can be
very beneficial to your overall health and wellness.
A consistent yoga practice can improve strength, balance, and flexibility, help relieve
chronic lower-back pain, and ease arthritis symptoms. Practicing yoga benefits heart
health and helps with stress management. A yoga practice before bed can relax the
body and mind to help with deeper, longer sleep. A regular yoga practice can also mean
more energy and better moods, with fewer negative thoughts.
Practicing yoga promotes better self-care and is a point of connection with community if
you participate in group yoga classes. The meditative aspects of yoga can produce
feelings of calm, relaxation, and euphoria very similar to some of the effects of
consuming cannabis, but does this mean there should be a place for cannabis in
practicing yoga? According to Yoga Journal, many people who consume cannabis in