Does THC have positive benefits?
THC is not just for getting high anymore. More and more people are turning to products containing THC to help with a wide array of mental and physical ailments, We know CBD is good for pain, but why is THC becoming more popular?
Let’s start with, What is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound found in cannabis that gives you that euphoric high.
Our body has a natural endocannabinoid system and there are receptors in our brain that the THC attaches to and activates, causing those feelings of pleasure, joy, & Euphoria.
These feelings are what users are looking for when treating various issues, especially those treating mental health problems.
You can micro-dose cannabis in the form of low dose edibles or capsules to reap the benefits without getting high, or you can smoke a giant joint and enjoy the day pain-free and in a jolly mood.
Let’s break down the 6 health benefits of THC you may have never thought of, and how it can potentially improve your quality of life.
We’ve all been there. Your head is pounding, the dog is barking, the kids are screeching, and someone is mowing their lawn loudly outside. Or maybe you’re at work and you’re annoying Co-worker Linda won’t shut up about her cats, and someone is typing EXTREMELY loud on their keyboard.
Instead of crawling into bed and popping Tylenol, Why not take a quick smoke break or pop an edible. Blue dream and Jack Herer are known to help lessen the intensity of your headache, or even take it away! Put the Tylenol down and try some cannabis in its place.
Other strains to try to help your headaches are;
The relationship between cannabis and anxiety can be a rocky one, but if you know what strain you’re smoking and what to avoid that’ll trigger your anxiety, cannabis can be a super beneficial tool to help manage anxiety symptoms. I personally am able to stay on a low dose anxiety medication thanks to cannabis.
The thing to look for when trying different strains is the effects. High THC strains that are indica dominant can be safe, whereas strains that are Sativa can be risky as sativas are more of a head high. It truly also all boils down the terpene profiles and their effects on the endocannabinoid system.
A high CBD strain such as Charlotte's web is a good start.
Another good strain is Girl Scout cookies, and granddaddy purple. Finding a strain that helps you mellow out is the best. I like being able to focus thanks to cannabis and not have my mind racing a mile a minute.
3. Sleep disorders
THC is such a great aid for sleep problems. Whether it’s trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, THC can help depending on what course of action you take. Edibles, oil, or capsules are your best course of action because they last the longest in your system.
Edibles take about 30-90 minutes to kick in and can last up to 8 hours depending on dosage, your body, and tolerance. This is optimal for sleep. I personally should take this advice and get some indica edibles made to help me sleep at night better! Some strains that are amazing for putting you to sleep are,
Did you know, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness.
Depression can affect anyone, it doesn’t matter your age, relationship status, income, or culture.
Cannabis is a huge tool in helping combat depression. It cannot cure it, but it can be an aid in helping make your daily life a lot easier to manage. I have personally experienced depression and it’s hard to bring yourself out of a dark place. But, Cannabis is like a little ray of sunshine and can help you relax and cheer up some.
When it comes to picking a strain to help, you need to look beyond the THC content and at the terpene profile.
The terpene limonene is great for uplifting your mood, and pinie is good for focus!
Strains high in these terpenes are,
-Gorilla Glue #4
Periods are no joke, up to 80% of women experience some form of discomfort, pain, or annoying symptoms before they even begin to shed their uterine lining each month! Symptoms include but are not limited to backaches, mood swings, headaches, swelling, nausea, vomiting, bloating, fatigue, sadness, night sweats, tender breasts, and cramps.
20-30% of these symptoms fall under PMS which stands for Premenstrual syndrome.
You don’t even need to smoke cannabis to reap the benefits of using weed to help your annoying Aunt Flo. We have so many options in this day and age. From concentrates, edibles, and of course flower.
My top 3 strains for PMS are;
Purple OG Kush
6. Weight loss
Typically when you think of cannabis, you think of being lazy and the munchies. But more and more people are turning to cannabis to give them that extra boost to get through their daily exercise regime! Athletes micro-dose with cannabis to help them focus and relax their muscles before working out, this allows them to reap the benefits of cannabis, without the “high” feeling. Thus promoting a better work out and giving better training results.
There are also strains that will suppress your appetite, rather than make you want to reach for the fridge. Some strains that are good for this are;
Girl Scout cookies
If you'd like to learn more about THC or have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm available via email or Instagram @higherlivingjess.