Have a weed weekend (and a better Monday)

Basically, a weed weekend combines all of the best parts of wellness culture and a dose of cannabis.

Original Article by Mary Sauer, The Fresh Toast

The legalization of recreational cannabis has created a whole new meaning for “weed weekends.” If you’re picturing endless smoking and binge eating junk food, think again; more consumers are using cannabis products to achieve self-care and promote health.

If it hasn’t convinced everyone already, the idea is that marijuana could transform the way you enjoy your weekend. Alcohol has long played a role in making weekends fun and relaxing, but there are reports of individuals dropping drinking altogether and picking up cannabis use instead.

In 2015, Addiction Research & Theory shared the results of survey of 404 medical marijuana patients in Canada, revealing that 41 per cent of respondents had begun using marijuana in place of alcohol.

What does a weed weekend with a wellness focus look like, exactly? Basically, it’s all of the best parts of wellness culture with a dose of cannabis.

Using topical creams infused with cannabis, some spas in the U.S. are offering marijuana massage in the states where recreational cannabis was been legalized. Massage Magazine notes that these massages don’t result in a psychoactive high, since marijuana is only being used topically. Instead, the cannabinoids in the product create a relaxing and, some say, pain-relieving effect, as well as helping to reduce inflammation.

If living in a U.S. state that hasn’t legalized recreational use, there are still options. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is legal in all 50 states when it is hemp-derived and has a THC level under 0.3 per cent, but still shares many medicinal properties with cannabis, including reports of reducing inflammation, pain relief and stress relief.

Although it is a bit controversial in the yoga world, Ganja Yoga is one more way to add weed to your weekend of wellness. Founded by Dee Dusset in 2009, this yoga practice begins with getting high. Proponents believe this is a chance to truly relax, letting go of worries of whether you’re doing it right or wrong.

Swapping out drinking for getting high isn’t the perfect choice for everyone. / Photo: HASLOO / iStock / Getty Images Plus HASLOO / iStock / Getty Images Plus

If you, like some, are a little nervous about engaging in physical activity after using cannabis, another option is straight meditation. There are specific strains that are well known for promoting relaxation. Newbie meditators need not be intimidated, the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center has a killer resource of free, guided meditations.

Of course, swapping out drinking for getting high isn’t the perfect choice for everyone. There is debate over whether those truly seeking sobriety should turn to weed at all, which is a pretty fair concern. On the other hand, many people have a healthy relationship with alcohol, but would still benefit from taking a weekend off.

The risk of death because of cannabis use has been reported as being 114 times less likely than an alcohol-related death. Alcohol can be hard on the body over the long term, potentially resulting in damage to the heart, liver and pancreas, as well as increasing cancer risk.

And, if you’re simply thinking about the short-term quandary of how to spend your next week, a weed weekend really does make a lot of sense. When you spend a weekend drinking, it could be a Monday of bloating, headaches and exhaustion. Although weed hangovers aren’t completely unheard of, they’re typically associated with smoking way too much. Plus, it’s totally possible to enjoy some of the cannabis and wellness ideas mentioned above without getting stoned.

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