As we head into winter and, for many people, the holiday season it is a good time to take a look at your cannabis lifestyle and see if there are any changes that need to be made. Despite the fact that the holiday season is supposed to be all about fun, family and friends, the reality is it can be an extremely stressful time for a lot of folks. This year’s holiday season promises to be more stressful than typical years with many families still under a pretty strict quarantine plus the uncertainty of the times adds yet another layer of stress. Cannabis can go a long to helping manage that stress however creating a smart and healthy cannabis lifestyle plan can be the difference between using cannabis to help navigate the season and allowing it to become another cause for undue pressure.
Setting a Realistic Cannabis Budget
Especially for those who are living in states or countries that have recently legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use, it is so easy to want to try nearly every strain in the dispensary. Much like a kid in a candy store whose eyes are bigger than their stomach, your eyes may be bigger than your wallet. Unless you are independently wealthy, creating a cannabis budget for yourself or you and your partner makes smart financial sense and will take away a lot of stress that comes from overspending. If you are having difficulty sticking to the budget you created for cannabis, try talking with your favorite dispensary about ways to save some money. It might be changing the day you visit the dispensary to take advantage of deals or utilizing discounts for seniors, students or artists, you would be surprised at the types of discount available. Also as it is harvest season and dispensaries will soon be stocking new strains, ask about deep discounts for existing strains. Those budtenders can’t take it all home after all!
Take a Look at Your Cannabis Consumption Habits
Are you normally a nighttime cannabis consumer, a wake n’ baker, an all-day stoner or a weekend only user. For many folks their anxiety amps up during the holiday season and the normal outlets for that anxiety become more limited. Long leisurely walks are not as relaxing when it’s pouring down rain and freezing or snowing outside so the temptation to increase your cannabis use as a way of coping with stress and anxiety is normal but you want to make sure you are still using cannabis in a healthy way and not as a means to permanently hide out this winter, although it’s tempting. Talking to your partner or friends helps as well because they know you and won’t be afraid to be honest. If your partner says your cannabis use is getting to be too much and is interfering with quality time between the two of you, readjusting your cannabis consumption may be the best thing for your relationship, plus you’ll save a little money too. It is common when visiting a dispensary to want to try out the super high THC strains of cannabis but just because a strain is north of 30% doesn’t mean as much as you might think. Terpenes and whether it’s a Sativa, Indica or Hybrid are also factors and so is your own body’s chemistry. Try those strains out in small amounts rather than spending a ton of money on something that may prove disappointing. A good budtender will give you their honest opinion if you ask for it.
Manage Procrastination Levels
The key here is being honest with yourself. If you plan to work out three mornings a week and your wake n’ bake session are keeping you in bed instead of on the treadmill, it is time to be more flexible with your cannabis schedule. If you find that your creativity and focus is lagging because you are out of your favorite strain, it might be time to switch up your routine and try creative pursuits with a different strain or one or two days a week, try to see how creative you are without cannabis. Flexibility is so important to managing stress levels and keeping a healthy cannabis lifestyle. Routines are obviously important and crucial to maintaining some semblance of sanity through the long winter months but if your routine is causing you or others problems, rethinking how you do things will save you undue stress. When we have a routine that is healthy and sometimes productive, procrastination is not a real obstacle to a calm and happy lifestyle. You know you will get things done because you have created a healthy cannabis lifestyle that works for you and including cannabis will only enhance your life!