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Want To Get Healthier? Science Says These Are The Best Things To Do While High
Weed doesn’t damage your health as much as poor lifestyle choices do. If you overconsume cannabis and then do stupid things while high, then you’re not utilizing marijuana properly.
Cannabis should enhance your health and improve your overall wellness. Make responsible choices, consume moderate amounts, and choose healthy things to do when high.
Believe it or not, this shit is science based.
7 Things To Do While High That Make You Healthier
1. Eat Healthy Food
One of the best things to do when high is eat healthy food. “Healthy” is the key here. When you’re high is the perfect time to focus your intake of veggies and other less palatable options because EVERYTHING smells and tastes better when you’re stoned.
Research published in the Journal of Nature found that cannabis heightens the sense of smell and taste, this heightened sense of smell and taste improves the eating experience.
You might be surprised at how much more you enjoy all that healthy crap after consuming a little cannabis.
TIP – Plan ahead! Like, don’t smoke, then stroll into 7-11 and expect to make healthy food choices – that’s stupid. Have your healthy snack options ready.
2. Indulge in Creativity
Write, paint, cook – do the things that make you-you. Expressing yourself creatively is good for the body and the soul.
This study published in Psychiatry Research looked at how cannabis impacts the brain’s association and categorization process. It’s called “semantic printing”.
- So basically, if you show me a photo of a fruit, tell me to make a list, my mind is automatically going to think of other fruits, maybe fruit bowls, maybe my mom’s kitchen that has apples everywhere, etc.
People exhibit looser associations when high, it’s called hyper-priming.
- So, say I’m stoned and you show me a photo of a fruit and you tell me to write a list. My mind will be more likely to wander off to things that appear completely unrelated. For example, I might start thinking of seeds, then I might start thinking of how a plant actually created that seed, then I might start thinking about the chemical reactions withing the plant that creates seeds, etc.
Hyperpriming, or looser associations, is responsible for much innovation. Hyper-priming is the goal of Albert Einstein’s combinatory play concept. Combinatory play combines two seemingly unrelated items and finding their connection.
This hyperpriming implies our that cannabis use induces creative abiligty – maybe even genius.
According to a study funded by the National Sleep Foundation, a clean room improves sleep. Better sleep correlates with better overall wellness.
Nobody really wants dirty baseboards or grimy cabinets, but nobody really wants to clean either. Cleaning is boring, repetitive, and feels like it takes forever.
Cannabis can help. As your body metabolizes cannabis, your dopamine levels rise. And according to Mic.com, “Dopamine also proportionally regulates your internal sense of time. More dopamine means you feel like time is going faster.”
This time time-warp phenomenon makes cleaning one of the best things to do when high. Plus, when you’re stoned your focus is easily turned inward allowing repetitive tasks, like window washing, to become a philosophical experience.
4. Go Outdoors
In 2010 a small study done in Japan examined the health impact natural outdoor settings. The study found the natural forest setting produced significant mental and psychological health changes. Simply being outside in nature improves our health, and cannabis can enhance the effects even more.
This study in Life Sciences found that “Behavioral manifestations of marijuana intoxication may be associated with increased functional activity of the brain especially the frontal cortex, insula and cingulate gyrus.”
The insula is what gives humans the ability to respond to our surroundings or connect with others on an emotional level. The insula is also believed to be related to consciousness and is responsible for metacognitive awareness.
5. Play a Game
Fortune says that games (even some video games) improve brain health. Research supports it, in fact, Luminosity built a very successful app that uses brain training to help people improve their cognitive health.
Research says cannabis may stimulate the growth of new brain cells. We know that weed impacts short-term memory, so learning new knowledge is not the best thing to do stoned. But it is an excellent time for practicing a skill or playing games.
Don’t sit there and stare at a screen when you’re stoned, play something. Try this 420 Card Game.
Exercise improves the health of every body system. The Mayo Clinic points out that exercise increases energy levels, boosts mood, and decreases the risk for many diseases. Regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall health.
There’s also evidence that cannabis can improve exercise and enhance the benefits. According to Elite Daily, cannabis can distract from minor pain and help athletes “get in the zone” easier.
Tip: You definitely want a sativa dominant strain exercise if this is a thing you want to do stoned. Use caution. Cannabis is a pain reliever. Sometimes pain is an important warning sign of an injury during exercise.
7. Get Intimate
Sex boosts the immune system, improves sleep, lowers blood pressure, acts as an antidepressant and improves health in a variety of other ways.
Simultaneously, the endocannabinoid system plays a role in sexuality and sexual expression. A review published in Pharmacological Research, says that cannabis can act as an aphrodisiac enhancing a sexual experience.
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