There’s a wide range of daytime and nighttime activities that can be paired with cannabis use.
Here are four main categories to consider:
Physical Activity / Exercise
Studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that cannabis is a performance-enhancing substance.
That’s because THC mimics the behavior of anandamide, a chemical compound produced by the brain which is responsible for the phenomenon known as the “runner’s high.”
Cannabis also acts as a bronchodilator, meaning it increases the amount of airflow in the lungs.
By making cannabis a part of your exercise routine, you can increase your sense of euphoria while working out and reduce feelings of pain, fatigue, and anxiety.
Additionally, CBD-dominant cannabis products can help reduce post-workout muscle inflammation and pain.
Creativity / Productivity
Artists and creative thinkers have always argued that cannabis helps them in the creative process.
Studies also suggest that cannabis can encourage “out-of-the-box” thinking. So if you’re working on an art project, an essay question, or some other type of complex problem, there are certain strains that may help you.
You can also use cannabis for the same reasons that people drink coffee. Some strains, particularly the sativas, provide an invigorating effect that’s ideal for getting things done: cleaning up, organizing your office, yard work, etc.
Cannabis has a long history as a spiritual sacrament.
Religious practitioners all over the world have relied on cannabis to help them transcend the limitations of their mind so that they can experience oneness, empathy, and compassion.
You can combine cannabis with prayer, meditation, yoga, dance, or other types of spiritual practice.
Cannabis makes life more fun. That’s the basic idea behind “enhancement smoking.”
Watching movies, bowling, going to concerts, socializing, and even sex can become more enjoyable once cannabis is involved!
Using the Right Strain for a Specific Activity
Not every strain affects you the same way, so be sure to pick a strain that goes well with the activity you’re about to participate in.
For example, you wouldn’t use a sativa like Jack Herer if you wanted to calm your mind down and relax at the end of the day.
And you definitely don’t want to use Black Afghan if you’re going on a morning run.
If you need help figuring out the right strain for your activity, read the strain’s chemical profile and ask your dispensary consultant for recommendations.
Microdosing is a great option for people who are interested in using cannabis for daytime activities but don’t want to be overwhelmed by the psychoactive effects.
Microdosing involves taking a very small amount of cannabis, particularly in the form of a tincture, oil, or edible, so that you’ll reap some benefit and still remain clear-headed and functional.
A good-sized microdose to start with is 1-2 mg of THC.
Stay Safe When Pairing Cannabis With Activities
- Know your limits. Don’t consume more cannabis than you can reasonably tolerate.
- Sample your strain or product a few times before pairing it with your activity so that you’re already familiar with the effects.
- Do not operate a motor vehicle or any heavy machinery while under the influence of cannabis. It’s against the law, and you could seriously harm yourself or others. Ideally, all cannabis-paired activities should be simple, low-key, and low-tech.