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Cannabis and Studying

The certification exam is next week. Then you’ve got a presentation to give two weeks from Friday. There’s about eight different books you’ve got to skim through so that you can prepare, and you’ve got 30+ tabs open on your browser.

Luckily, you didn’t wait until the last minute to start studying (not like those other times).

No, you decided to get a jump on things well in advance because you have a secret weapon. One that will help you stay focused, cool, and calm.

It’s that bag of Jack Herer you’ve got sitting on the corner of your desk.

But is cannabis and studying a good mix? Or was Nancy Reagan right when she said, “Just say ‘no’?

Cannabis May Help Improve Focus

For people with ADHD/ADD, maintaining one’s focus can be a challenge. Prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are commonly prescribed.

Cannabis researcher Dr. David Bearman believes that cannabis may have therapeutic value for people suffering from ADHD/ADD.

Why? One of the hallmarks of ADHD/ADD is that the brain produces lower levels of dopamine. Dopamine helps us focus.

Prescription drugs like Ritalin can boost a patient’s dopamine levels, but they also come with unpleasant side effects and potential withdrawal symptoms.

Cannabis helps boost your dopamine levels, meaning it could be used as a treatment for  ADHD/ADD. Or it can be used to help anyone struggling to find focus.

Cannabis Can Relieve Anxiety

Studying can be stressful, especially when you have a lot riding on the test outcome. Between the anxiety and the negative self-talk, you might end up psyching yourself out and performing poorly when the big day finally arrives.

Now…we didn’t say all that to stress you out even more! We want the opposite.

We want you to relax.

And if you need help relaxing, a cannabis product that’s CBD-dominant might be just what you need.

CBD is an effective anxiety reliever, and because it’s non-psychoactive, you don’t have to worry about getting too loopy while you work.

Harvard Study Finds That Smoking Cannabis Improves Brain Function.

Pretty incredible, right?

Hey, we didn’t say it. Harvard did! You can check out the article here, but to summarize:

  • The study found that after three months of using medical marijuana, patients saw an improvement in their performance of cognitive tasks.
  • The study also found that patients enjoyed an improvement in their diagnosed condition, sleep, overall health, and decrease in the use of standard prescription drugs, especially opiates.

Tips For Combining Cannabis and Study

  • If you’re going to combine cannabis and studying, do it under low-risk conditions. Don’t use it to cram the night before. Try it 1-2 weeks before the test so you have time to determine whether or not it’s helping you.
  • As for strains, try sativas, hybrids, or high-CBD.
  • If you’re under the age of 21, do not use cannabis unless you’ve already been approved by a licensed physician and have a medical marijuana card.

Have you ever used cannabis to study? Did it help or hinder your performance? Share your comments with us on the Essence Facebook page!


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