While the self-care movement is in full swing, the world has an eye on overall wellness. And anyone who’s smoked weed before…knows how well it can make you feel. So how are weed and wellness coinciding as the latest trends for feeling good? From eliminating stress, yoga, nutrition or even being mindful, let’s see how marijuana is turning mainstream in the name of wellness.
Being well with weed
But first…what really is ‘wellness’? According to its’ definition…
“wellness is ‘the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you’re thriving.’”
And with growing research into the benefits of the cannabis plant…weed is quickly becoming one of those ‘healthy habits’ for self-care seekers.
The most obvious effect connecting weed with wellness, is its’ ability to provide anxiety or stress relief. Anyone who’s lit a joint, ripped a dab, or eaten an edible…can vouch for the plant’s potently relaxing effects. But now that the industry has scientific research compiling to back these claims…we’re finding out why, and how to improve strains to increase the joy they can provide.
Simply said, THC enhances serotonin levels in the brain. And if you didn’t know…serotonin is a neurotransmitter literally responsible for feeling internal ‘well-being’ or overall happiness. In addition to THC, studies are also showing that strains with high levels of the terpenes Caryophyllene and Linalool, increase relief for stress and anxiety. Allowing many to fine-tune their marijuana menu, to use weed for wellness more precisely.
But even more, those suffering from chronic pain and looking to avoid pharmaceuticals for their debilitating side-effects, are now turning to weed for its’ all natural medical benefits, too.
In the terms of ‘going organic’ for overall wellness, and even medically with all-natural cures, we turn to the latest trend for weed…its’ nutritional benefits. While physicians have been prescribing marijuana for its medicinal purposes for awhile, now dietitians are doing the same.
Experts in the nutritional industry have found that hemp and marijuana plants in raw form provides nutritional benefits. Hence the emergence of raw cannabis smoothies amplifying the benefits that pot plants possess.
Whether you’re grinding buds, or even using fan leaves, cannabis is high in nutrients that many diets suggest incorporating for better health. Like protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and natural antioxidants. Not only are these compounds considered to be ‘heart healthy’, but can improve overall wellness from the inside, out.
And similar to other green leaves often infused into raw juicing or smoothies, kale and spinach, marijuana is just as beneficial. The buds have ‘superfood’ characteristics like high levels of vitamins, fiber and ketones.
As cannabis is now infusing into practically everything…yoga and being mindful overall, is a natural combination for the peaceful plant. Ganja yoga, or canna-infused sessions are increasing in popularity across the country.
With legalization, cannabis using yoga instructors, quickly realized the similarities and benefits of combining the two relaxing practices. Many partake in yoga, to achieve the same results as cannabis users do too – stress or pain and muscle relief, or seeking peace through connecting the body and mind.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects natural to weed, lend themselves perfectly to the act of practicing flexibility and relaxation in yoga, too.
With the de-stigmatization of weed growing across the nation…the marijuana mindfulness trend will continue to grow in the wellness world. Similar to the recent CBD themed baby shower held by Kim Kardashian. Lavished with cannabis products, relaxing gifts and guided meditation, the idea of weed and wellness has gone mainstream – and doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
Be well with weed
Whether you’re relaxing, de-stressing, addressing pain more naturally, nutritionally benefitting, or enlightening your mind or body…weed can certainly help. While we didn’t have to share this with seasoned smokers…as pot makes its way into other markets, it’s becoming more widely accepted by the masses too. For those seeking to be well with weed, top shelf products are where it’s at – and NUG’s got the goods. Browse our selection of anytime, daytime or nighttime genetics to infuse into your daily wellness routine, now.