University & Cannabis: Finding Balance
Going back to school is such an exciting time, but it can also be a little intimidating and stressful. Trying to find a balance between your new classes, getting back into your routine, the workload, your social life, staying active and drinking enough water can be exhausting.
We hear that word a lot, “balance”. How does one find balance in uncharted territory? Personally, I take pleasure in creating a routine. When I was in university, I would get up at the same time every day, work out and have breakfast before class and dedicate set times for studying and social time. What I wish I had known then was how much cannabis could have benefited my university days as it has in my adult life.
Thankfully, there has been significant strides made in understanding how THC and CBD interact with our bodies, allowing us to include them in our everyday lives to help with anxiety, insomnia, our ability to focus or be creative. Maybe these sound like things you need in your life? Who doesn’t need a little more creativity and a little less anxiety while in school? I know that I would have benefited from it!
THC, CBD or both?
Whether you reach for THC, CBD or both is largely dependent on what your goal is, as well as your physiology and past use. Let’s take a look at all of the above and what situations would lend themselves to each.
THC- Sativa, Indica?
While the classification of “sativa” or “indica” is meant as a guideline, it’s important to know that’s a strain’s effects largely depend on the genealogy of the plant, as well as where it was grown.
Sativa strains tend to provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects.
Generally speaking, plants which fall under the sativa label will be high in THC and low in CBD. That makes them ideal for those who are looking for a mood lift, but without the balancing effects of CBD there are often mental side effects as well.
If you’re prone to high anxiety, be cautious when choosing high THC strains, as they can be known to increase anxiety and paranoia when taken in large amounts.
As a general rule, sativa strains are considered to be THC-dominant. The actual breakdown of the primary cannabinoids varies from strain to strain, however.
Indica strains are believed to be physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed. Indica strains are also usually associated with closer ratio of THC to CBD levels.
CBD is often considered the primary cannabinoid of interest to those studying the medicinal qualities of cannabis. You can expect relief of pain, lowered anxiety levels, seizure prevention for epileptics and a better sleep.
An indica strain can produces some incredible medicinal effects. If the THC level is lower, you’ll find that the strain has fewer side effects like cotton mouth or the feeling of intoxication.
Cannabidiol- aka CBD
If you’re looking for something to help you sleep, and reduce anxiety or pain, CBD will be your best friend.
CBD is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by cannabis, second only to THC in abundance. However, unlike THC, CBD is known to be non-psychoactive. If you’re studying at home or trying to concentrate in a stressful situation, reach for CBD.
Check out our CBD recommendations HERE.
Balance is key
As with anything, balance is key. Allow cannabis to be an incredible addition to your day, but remember to keep it in moderation. Ensure that you incorporate physical activity, proper nutrition and hydration into your day. Seek out a support system and professional help when needed. Hey, I saw a shrink when I was in university and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself. Use cannabis as one of the many tools in your arsenal to ensure that your time at university is as enjoyable as possible, but don’t make it your only tool!