March Newsletter

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

merely surviving.

EXERCISE


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.


YOGA


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

tandem