Did you pick up some bad habits in 2020? It’s understandable. Perhaps you started eating more junk food or stopped working out. You may have even started smoking weed (or increased your consumption). The junk food is bad, but the weed is not. Here is why you should continue to smoke weed everyday.
Reasons To Keep Smoking Weed
Weed is almost as old as humanity.
Unlike other vices, cannabis has been around for about 28 million years, making it the oldest psychoactive substance out there. The oldest evidence of cannabis use dates back over 2,500 years ago in ancient China. Archaeologists discovered evidence that cannabis was burned by people (possibly mourners) at a cemetery located on a plateau in the middle of a mountain range. Some burial sites contained evidence suggesting that the dead were even buried with their beloved plant. This tells us that people loved marijuana back in ancient times as much as we do today. To be buried with something, you have to love it at least a little, right?
The popularity of the cannabis plant carried over into more modern times as well. Hemp was widely used for textiles and as a nutritional supplement. In fact, hemp was so widely used (particularly during war times) that the US government subsidized the crop, meaning they paid farmers to cultivate it. The psychoactive cannabinoids in the cannabis plant were a popular and effective medication for centuries. This all changed when cannabis was outlawed in the 1930s by the Marijuana Tax Act. Despite marijuana use and cultivation being illegal, as well as the smear campaign against it, the plant continued to remain popular. That’s why today, many states legalized both medical and recreational marijuana.
If you look at how many people smoke weed in the US and the number of celebrities who smoke weed, obviously, people love using it. Why should we give up something we know we love simply because someone decided it was “the devil’s lettuce”?
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Why do people smoke weed?
There are many reasons why people use cannabis. However, looking at studies of how many people smoke weed in the US and why, we can simplify this into two simple reasons: for fun and for medical use. Often, these reasons intersect with one another. The main reason to use it recreationally is it’s just fun! Smoking weed makes us feel great! Everything is funnier, food tastes better, mundane chores seem more fun and more satisfying. Don’t believe it? Compare doing the dishes or folding laundry sober versus doing them stoned.
Cannabis is not just for funsies; there’s also the concept of the successful stoner. Look at the number of celebrities who smoke weed, as well as successful businessmen. Some of them attribute their success to the fact that they smoke weed everyday and have even managed to start their own cannabis brands. Now that is entrepreneurial spirit!
Not only is weed fun, it also helps many people physically feel better. Multiple studies on cannabis and cannabinoids have shown that cannabis consumption can help treat a myriad of chronic health conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, depression, and even epilepsy, including severe types such as Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Both of these rare and deadly disorders occurring in young children result in up to sometimes hundreds of debilitating seizures per day. Treating severe epilepsy with CBD has been so successful that the FDA recently approved the first CBD-derived drug, Epidiolex, to treat Dravet and Lennox-Gestaut syndromes.
It doesn’t stop there; cannabis helps alleviate nausea and boost appetite for cancer and AIDS patients. There’s also many people who’ve been prescribed prescription painkillers that have used marijuana to kick their deadly pill habits. The list of benefits goes on, but it always comes back to this: weed makes us feel good.
10 reasons to keep smoking weed
Need more of a reason to keep lady Mary Jane in your life? Here are ten good reasons why you should keep smoking weed.
1. Cannabis can Lower your Blood Pressure.
Recent research has shown that cannabis use can lower your blood pressure, something many weed smokers concur with! Please note that this is not the same as your heart rate, which THC use can actually raise.
The study, consisting of healthy volunteers, showed that those who took THC in one form or another had increased heart rate but decreased blood pressure for the most part. This is known as hypotension and is not necessarily good for you. In contrast, CBD reduced blood pressure by lowering anxiety and loosening the blood vessels. As always, please consult a physician before you try to treat your high blood pressure using cannabis.
2. It can help with Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
Dealing with anxiety and panic attacks is not pleasant. Imagine going through your day only to suddenly be hit with crippling anxiety. You’re unable to move and barely able to breathe. It can be a hellish existence. For some, managing panic attacks is a primary reason to smoke weed everyday. The cannabinoids loosen the blood vessels, thus relaxing them and decreasing anxiety levels.
It’s important to note that your results may vary depending on what strain you smoke. You might want to try an indica instead of the more energizing sativa, as this could likely have the opposite effect.
3. Weed can help you manage your weight, or even lose it!
Recent research has shown that marijuana use can help with managing and even losing weight. This may seem contrary to the image of the fat and unreasonably hungry stoner. Numerous studies have shown that cannabis users typically have a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than non-users.
Researchers are not sure why this is the case. Still, they suspect that it has to do with how cannabis interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates bodily functions such as metabolism. These findings were the most prevalent in women. That should be more than enough reason to ditch the wine bottle, right ladies?
4. Marijuana makes a great natural painkiller.
Perhaps one of the first things we discovered about medical marijuana might be the most important. Cannabis is a great natural painkiller for everything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain that makes it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Just a few puffs off a joint or a dose of an edible should be all you need to get you through your day if you suffer from minor pain. Of course, you will need a bit more if you are suffering from chronic pain.
Weed is not only an effective painkiller; it’s also far safer than addictive and sometimes deadly prescription pills. In contrast, cannabis has never directly killed anyone.
5. It makes you more productive and more creative!
One stoner stereotype that has refused to die is the stereotype of the lazy and unmotivated stoner. You know the type portrayed in stoner comedies who is unemployed and sits around and plays videogames all day (think every Seth Rogen movie ever).
Fortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Numerous studies have shown that using weed actually increases your productivity and creativity. Got a project that needs to get done, or do you simply need some inspiration on a dull afternoon? A dab’ll do you good! Who knows, maybe you’ll finally get around to sorting through all your missing socks!
6. Weed can be quite good for the brain.
One area that has always been of particular interest to researchers is how marijuana can affect the brain. While there is still a lot that we do not know, we have learned a great deal in the last couple of decades. For instance, cannabis users were shown to have greater connectivity in their brains than those who did not consume. This means information appeared to travel faster in a regular cannabis user’s brain than in a non-user. Other studies have shown that marijuana use can increase activity in the brain’s reward center, particularly when it comes to cannabis itself!
7. It makes you more Energetic.
Smoking weed is not just for times when you want to chill out and relax. Certain strains will leave you just as awake and active as a cup of coffee.
There are two different types of strains: indica and sativa (there’s also cannabis ruderalis, but we are only mentioning the above two) for our purposes. Indicas are the more chill munchie-inducing strains that people associate with the feeling of being stoned. Sativas, on the other hand, pump you up and get you motivated. Strains that are great for productivity are typically sativas. Make sure you don’t get them confused!
8. Marijuana keeps you healthier.
Yes, smoking is not good for you, but the jury is still out on just how bad (or not so bad) smoking weed is on your lungs. Fortunately, there are other ways to get your smoke on without smoking (more on those later). Numerous recent studies have shown that cannabis can be quite medically beneficial, especially for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Recently studies began investigating cannabis’ role in our endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for keeping our bodies in homeostasis (when things are running smoothly). Some studies show that the cannabinoids in cannabis can increase the endocannabinoid system’s effects. This phenomenon is why cannabis works so well for things like pain relief.
9. Smoking weed helps your insomnia.
Having trouble sleeping? Cannabis can help with that! Some strains seem like they were grown just to help you go to bed. Best of all, they leave you with none of the grogginess that sleeping pills are known for. This is again possible because of how weed interacts with your endocannabinoid system. When your insomnia is acting up, a good heavy indica can be your best friend.
If it’s not already clear, it’s a good idea to understand the difference between sativas and indicas and not get the two of them confused! A sativa will not help with insomnia. In fact, it will do the opposite, leaving you so wired you will be unable to sleep!
10. Weed is a lot of fun, and it makes us happy, so why not smoke it?
Getting high is a lot of fun because it makes you happy (regardless of the reason is medical or for funsies). There is no reason to justify smoking it as often as you want. Use it as much as you would like; you’d hardly be alone. A 2018 study by the National Institutes of Health reported that 22 million adults had said they’ve used marijuana in the past year.
Weed gives you a new perspective and, for some, a new lease on life. Smoking marijuana doesn’t usually lead to poor decisions like drunk dialing your ex, or urinating on a cop car. You just get high and...be high.
How to smoke weed - for those that don’t already.
Now that you understand some of the great things about weed, you might be feeling a little adventurous. Maybe you are ready to start smoking weed? Before you embark upon this journey, you should read this quick step-by-step guide on how to smoke weed.
The first thing that you need to do is grind up your herb. This will help your bowl smoke more smoothly, and you will get more out of it. A popular question you might have is, “can you smoke weed stems?” You can, but it’s not going to be the most pleasant experience. Stems have a small amount of kief, but it’s not enough to get you buzzed. It’s probably not worth your time. So, can you smoke weed stems? The answer is yes, but don’t.
Now that your weed is ground up, it’s time to load your bowl. When packing a bowl, it is essential to remember not to pack it too full, or your bowl won’t smoke properly. Instead, you’ll end up torching it. The principle of “less is more” applies here.
Now that your bowl is loaded, it’s time to smoke up! There are several ways to smoke weed and things to smoke weed out of. If you’re smoking from a glass pipe, remember to hold your thumb over the carb hole as you light the bowl. The carb hole is usually located on the left side of the bowl. This will ensure that you actually inhale the smoke you’re trying to take in.
What is the Healthiest way to smoke weed?
If smoking is not your thing, that is perfectly fine! There are plenty of other ways to get high, just like there are many things to smoke weed out of. Some people prefer edibles, which are available in dispensaries, or make them on your own! The healthiest way to smoke weed is to vape it, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to smoke weed, though it’s not technically smoking. Vape pens are an effective and discreet way to get high on the go with far less of an incriminating smell!
As you can see, there are numerous reasons why you should keep smoking weed. If anything, maybe you need to smoke more weed (just kidding, you should never overdo it on the marijuana consumption). Use the amount that is right for you, and don’t allow yourself to develop a dependence. Like all things, moderation is key.