New Year’s Resolutions for the Cannabis Lifestyle
2022 went out slipping and sliding after Jack Frost paid a visit to the Seattle area, scooping Santa Claus’ visit and putting the hurt on our Pacific Northwest fairies. Those that survived then endured a tide event like we have never seen before in these parts; a tide that put waterfront homes and businesses deep underwater, rising above predicted floodwaters by as much as six feet. It was like a mini-tsunami. Suddenly, on New Year’s Eve afternoon, the grumbling in the earth ceased. The winds dissipated and the water subsided. The first day of 2023 was calm and balmy. A feeling of relief washed over the population.
Stepping Into 2023
2022 had its final say on us and it hurt, but it is also gone for good. Now is the time for New Year’s resolutions! What are you going to do differently in 2023 versus 2022? Do you have a list completed yet? Maybe it’s just one thing, instead of a list? Did you know that 41% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but by the end of the next year, only 9% feel like they have been successful in keeping those resolutions? If you have, or haven’t created a list yet, perhaps this year you consider infusing some cannabinoid solutions to your resolutions? To keep things simple, we will use the categories provided by the infographic below.
Motivation to workout is in short supply for some of us and that’s where our resolution comes into play on perhaps the most profound level – it gets us moving. We start to see the results instantly and think by the third or fourth month that this is now a forever thing and that we’ll never go back to eating bonbons on the couch and binge watching outdated tv series on Netflix. Then fall rolls around and we succumb to the seasons. The motivation to move while the weather turns to mush is blunted like a stick into the mud. It is at this moment that we can either sustain our resolution through the end of the year as we promised, or per usual fall off the proverbial chuck wagon.
If you would like to sustain your hard efforts, it might take some creativity and you don’t necessarily need to get high to make it happen. Recently, a review about the effects of CBG and CBD on workout motivation was posted on the Canna West Seattle blog that explains how CBG, for the most part, becomes a powerful mood booster in the workout arena and how you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Click here to access that blog post.
Eating Healthier & Losing Weight
Eating healthy and/or losing weight is hard, almost as hard as working out consistently. Marijuana is typically associated with giving us the munchies, not with helping users lose weight, but that myth has been busted by science. A 2020 study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research examined the effect of THCV on the appetite in rodents. It found that the presence of THCV decreased the subject’s appetite, increased satiety and up-regulated energy metabolism. Cannabis strains that are heavy in THCV include: Tangie, Girl Scout Cookies, Durban Poison, Dutch Treat, Jack the Ripper, Skunk #1 and Willie Nelson, among others.
Save More Money
When it comes to cannabis you can save money, or more accurately get more for your money by shopping at Canna West Seattle. It offers a much deeper selection of brands that, for example, sell 1/8ths of flower in the $30-$40 range, but perform as well as brands that sell for much higher prices. Those brands include Canna Organix, Lazy Bee Gardens, Experience Organics and Soulshine.
You want to save more money? Take a flier on brands that sell in the sub $30 category for an 1/8th of surprisingly good flower, such as Buddha Delight, Captain Yeti, Natural Mystic and Walden. The money you save might help you sustain this resolution through next year.
Spend More Time with Friends & Family
Friends who smoke pot are kind of like friends who own boats – fun people to hang out with! Some think of cannabis as an anti-social substance, when in fact they are simply missing out. The social meter is dramatically increased with cannabis if you know what strains to consume, and then how your body and personality is affected by that consumption. For example, the perfect party or social stimulant I have come across as it relates to cannabis is RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) with a 1:1 CBG:THC (sativa) mix. I am not you, however.
Different things work for different people – some prefer edibles, while others prefer pre-rolls. So long as you are spending more time with friends and family, and a cannabis infused lifestyle is encouraging you to do so this is a resolution that could increase with activity the closer you get to reaching next year.
Reduce Job Stress
This is not a forum for advocating getting high at work. In fact, employees of the Canna West Seattle dispensary are forbidden from consuming at work. In order to help our employees reduce stress on the job we simply suggest doing something stress relieving while they are off work, such as hiking or yoga. If that involves cannabis then great!
Reducing stress on a macro level, over the course of a full year, seems a bit daunting. Life happens, right? That’s where meditation comes into play. It can change your life, if you commit to it. For a solid meditation guide that incorporates cannabinoids and THC, check out the Canna West Seattle blog for its recent post on, Achieving Next Level Mediation.
Reduce Living Expenses
Cannabis is not a living expense, but by reducing your spending on cannabis per the suggestions above, you could reduce the pressure on living expenses.
Good luck with your 2023 resolutions, no matter what they are! As you have learned, cannabis could play an integral role in some resolutions, whereas it might not apply to others. If it makes sense to the goal at hand and its associated activities, and you are able to follow the golden rule of, ‘everything in moderation’, then I only see positive benefits from infusing cannabinoids and cannabis into your resolutions. However, if you are sitting on the couch taking bong hits of THCV-heavy weed and calling it weight loss, that is so 2022.