When it comes to cannabis, can there really be too much of a good thing? In the last 12 years as a daily partaker, I can easily count the number of times I’ve taken a break from my relationship with Mary Jane on one hand. Hell, I could even chop off a finger or two and have plenty of wiggle room (no pun intended).
There was one time that I took a 30-day break in order to land a job that drug-tested (I got the job), then there was another time I traveled to Germany for Oktoberfest for two awesome weeks and simply didn’t have access to it. The copious amounts of Kraut beer I swallowed certainly didn’t help me forget about not having any cannabis, either. Finally, I took another two-week trip to Turkey and Greece and let me tell you- you do not want to get caught with any drugs in Turkey, so I didn’t even chance it.
Other than being forced to take a break for lack of access or trying to find a job, why would anyone in their right mind want to go on a cannabis hiatus? Well, it turns out that there are some positive effects of sobriety after all.
You’ll get higher when you start consuming again
As any heavy cannabis user will attest, smoking all day every day makes your tolerance go through the friggin’ roof. That one bowl that once knocked us into an ethereal dreamland now has little to no effect and often times we mistakenly believe it’s because of subpar ganja when in reality it has everything to do with our tolerances.
The more you smoke, the more you have to smoke in order to get the same high as those precious first few puffs. If you want to feel like a lightweight again and make your weed last longer, try taking a hiatus. It can be anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on your situation. If you’re a daily smoker, even a few days off can work wonders on your tolerance.
Dealing with idiotic co-workers during these breaks? Well, I didn’t say it would be easy.
Be productive! B-E PRODUCTIVE!
Personally, there are only a few things that I cannot do when I’m high. Writing is one of them and as a writer, this is very bad news. That’s why I always try to get my writing done in the morning over a strong cup of coffee and the promise of a fat joint to celebrate getting shit done.
If you have ever felt like a stoned couch potato after partaking, you’re not alone. Cannabis, and especially indicas, can leave you feeling sleepy, lazy, and easily entertained by mind-numbing television and “unproductive” tasks (like seeing if I could really eat an entire 20-ounce steak in one sitting. Turns out that yes, yes I can).
If your “to-do” list is starting to look more like a grocery list, try taking a few days off of marijuana and see if you can make those “to-dos” “to-DONES”.
Not being dependent on cannabis, alcohol, or My Little Pony will make you feel in control of your life and that, in turn, will brighten your days and lighten your mood. Knowing that you can truly smoke only when you want to (and actually meaning it) will make your smoke sessions that much better.
As cannabis legalization creeps forward, consumers are enjoying a use for the plant that defies unkempt stoner stereotypes: cannabis beauty products.
“Weed, because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties is great for the skin,” says Aspen-based medical marijuana doctor Wendy Zaharko, M.D., noting the importance of endocannabinoid system homeostasis. Even mainstream medical professionals are touting appearance-enhancing abilities (and no, we don’t mean a weed version of beer goggles).
“Cannabis is an antioxidant; it can help slow down the damage to skin cells from oxidation by free radicals, which prevents aging,”
says New York City-based dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Michele S. Green, MD.
“It is rich in supplements for healthy skin such as potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc which is beneficial for skin rashes, acne, and many other skin conditions.”
To achieve these benefits, companies are adding cannabis to traditional topical beauty products such as salves, lotions, and hair and skin oils.
Molly Peckler of Highly Devoted, cannabis-friendly date coaching, swears by hemp products to treat her breakouts. “I started suffering from hormonal acne right around the time I turned 30, and I came across the Hemp Blemish Salve from Uncle Harry’s Natural Products. Unlike other acne treatments I had tried; the hemp salve didn’t irritate my skin or dry me out too much. Now when I feel a pimple coming on, I reach for the hemp salve rather than the salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide,” says Peckler.
Like Uncle Harry’s Natural Products, most of these beauty products are currently typically created out of hemp, marijuana’s more industrial sister in the cannabis species. The Body Shop has a reasonably-priced hemp body care line, as does Marley Natural. Moon Rore, who makes hair oil, body butter, and lip treatments, differentiates itself by opting for CBD oil from hemp extract. (Moon Rore also charges each of their items with crystals, for an extra magical kick). “I noticed that there are a lot of hemp oils in everything, but there’s not a lot of people utilizing the CBD oil,” says Moon Rore founder Maggie Murphy.
If beauty manufacturers want their product to be available nationwide, they are forced to opt for hemp products rather than whole plant cannabis. While cannabidiol (CBD) is found in hemp, as Project CBD reports, hemp oils contain far less cannabidiol than cannabis, and lack medicinal terpenes and crucial secondary cannabinoids like THC, CBN and CGB. It is CBD that is responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects, an important role in skin care, and an effect that works better if cannabinoids and terpenoids are working together, due to the entourage effect.
Some skin care companies, such as Cannabis Basics, create both cannabis and hemp-only lines, so a hemp version of their product is available for purchase everywhere, but those in legal states can still enjoy the beauty benefits of whole plant cannabis. For those in such states, another wonderful cannabis-based beauty brands is Kush Creams.
Even the real-deal cannabis oil products are non-psychoactive when used on your body, as they bind to the CB2 receptors needed to produce the therapeutic effects but do not enter the bloodstream, and CB2 receptors are mostly located outside of the brain and central nervous system. As much of legalization opponents’ cannabis fears stem from the high produced by the THC in cannabis, non-psychoactive beauty products could fight stigma as well as pimples.
“When you take the high out of the equation, but the medicinal and therapeutic benefits are still strong, cannabis changes from an illicit drug to a medicine. That’s how you change hearts and minds in the general public. Once you’ve personally experienced the positive effects, you’ll be more comfortable talking about it with the people in your life,”