The versatility of cannabis becomes clear with all of the different options for cooking edibles. Recipes abound instructing patients on how to implement the plant into all sorts of sweet and savory infused-recipes. Aside from the delicious taste, edibles are a smoke-free option that offer the same benefits as other forms of cannabis.
Follow our simple guide to learn how to cook with cannabis and for some fun recipe ideas with which to utilize your newfound culinary knowledge.
In general, marijuana is an extremely potent and psychoactive drug. Not potent enough to induce fatal overdose and not psychoactive enough to send your consciousness on a hallucinatory trip through the ethereal wringer, but still, it’s severe judgment impairing, mind-altering should not be glossed over. Just as viewing marijuana through a demonized, undignified framework is a myopic and intellectually-dishonest perspective, so too is romanticizing it as a one-size-fits-all miracle drug for any ailment.
In reality, even though it can help alleviate a lot of symptoms, marijuana can also exacerbate pain symptoms (in some cases), impair younger brain development, and trigger the symptoms of certain severe mental disorders in those who are already genetically predisposed to them. Furthermore, like alcohol, irresponsible marijuana use has correlated with DUI-related traffic accidents. Overall, while immensely helpful for many suffering from chronic pain or terminal illnesses, the psychoactive effects of THC may make marijuana highly undesirable and unsuitable for use out-&-about in everyday life; always consult a healthcare professional before trying marijuana for medical marijuana use, or consider trying CBD as a more benign alternative.
Moreover, marijuana’s stimulation of the endocannabinoid system is undisputedly proven to incite states of tiredness. For those suffering from sleep disorders or severe anxiety issues, this might be a desired effect of cannabis, but understandably, people may not want to risk dozing off through social gatherings, casual day-to-day life routines, or if they’re in a profession which enables them to work from home. If you want to try marijuana for relief but are concerned about being swept up by fatigue, here are a few tips you should know to avoid getting (too) tired of the Green Goddess.
Stick To Sativa?
Contrary to popular belief, the differences between indica and sativa strains of marijuana are largely cosmetic, based upon the plant’s length & business. Strains can contain lower-THC and higher-CBD contents which could mitigate sleepiness, but whether or not they’re indica or sativa is a meaningless designation. It’s so useless, in fact, that researchers have analyzed 81 different strains and observed a largely similar genetic makeup.
Furthermore, one of the world’s most famous and reputable cannabis websites, Leafly, has produced numerous comprehensive graphs comparing the average cannabinoid content of common indica/sativa strains, and by and large, the difference is pretty negligible. Respected psychopharmacologist Dr. Ethan Russo even devoted an entire interview toward breaking down why indica v. sativa is a bogus barometer of a strain’s CBD and THC content.
To paraphrase Dr. Russo’s message in short: “the sativa/indica distinction as commonly applied in the lay literature is total nonsense and an exercise in futility.” If you truly want to lessen your risk of being worn down by fatigue, look for a strain that is third-party verified to be low in THC and high in CBD content. Medicating alongside your morning coffee (or infusing it with your morning coffee) can also be a useful pick-up to mitigate tiredness, but be careful not to have it too late and throw off your circadian sleep rhythm.
Sunlight, Sipping, Stimulation
Our body’s functions ostensibly abide by autonomic internal clocks, called circadian rhythms. One of the crucial functions of these circadian rhythms is to modulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles; this is why when you’re in darkness, the body naturally produces more melatonin, theta waves, and other hormones and brain waves associated with sleep. Conversely, your body produces more cortisol, alpha waves, and chemicals in light to help you maintain wakefulness during the day.
These circadian sleep/wake cycles are generally primed and dictated by cycles of sunrise and sunset, but these internal clocks can also be easily swayed by external forces, like artificial lighting, “jet lag” from traveling across different time zones, and psychoactive drugs like caffeine and marijuana. So, to reap the full benefits of your product without compromising your wakefulness, synchronize your use with the circadian synchronization of the sunlight, or any light in general; sober or high, you’re going to have a hard time dozing off through a bright beam in your face. Additionally, hydration, deep conversation, and even as little as ten minutes of mild exercise are effective ways to stimulate your body, mind, and modulated wake and sleep cycles into being healthily active.
Start Low, Go Slow
These four words are a great rule of thumb for consuming marijuana.
When using any marijuana product for the first time, especially edibles which metabolize longer in the body, it can be very easy to misjudge how much THC your body can handle before any adverse effects might set on. Too little or too much of anything can be unpleasant, and marijuana is no exception.
To ensure that you aren’t immediately taken back and tired out by the high, consume in moderation, start low, and go slow. Some experts recommend 5mg of THC as a good starter dose, but given that marijuana has virtually no risk of fatal overdose, don’t fret if you don’t experience enough relief from that amount. Stay on the safe side, gradually work your way up as needed, and heed all the advice as mentioned above to stave off sleepiness.