There’s an art to adulting. While you can’t always control how fast life comes at you, you can control how you prepare for and respond to the demands of the day.
Despite what many of us have been led to believe, you can be a working professional, a freelancing creative, or a young entreprenuer, and enjoy cannabis. Even on a daily basis.
Each day, whether perceived as good or bad, is a reflection of the choices we make. It’s all about how you show up for yourself so that you can show up for others. Often times we’re so focused on managing every minute of every day that we miss living fully in each moment. Whether it be pressures of work or school, or trying to taking care of ourselves and our families, we’re always being pulled away from the present—obsessing about the things in the past we can’t change and frequently rushing to the next thing on our to-do list trying to control every outcome.
The beautiful thing about being an adult that we often fail to realize is that you are the authority. You are solely responsible for your wellbeing. Cannabis can be a great ally in mastering the present and managing your stress and anxiety.
This is how to achieve managing adulting and your cannabis intake:
Identify your growing pains. Choosing to treat cannabis as a wellness tool is easier for some and harder for others. Many of us have pain points when it comes to cannabis. Whether you’re from a family with a long history of heavy drug use, you yourself felt you were developing a cannabis dependency, have generally had unpleasant experiences in the past or you use cannabis in secret for fear of being judged, there’s so many things to consider when making the choice to use cannabis. But you’re an adult. You have the right to make the best decisions for yourself when it come to your health and wellbeing. You are allowed to explore all your options. Choosing to do away with old attitudes toward cannabis and identifying your reservations will better help you as you become more open to this idea. Do the research and make the best decision for you.
Self evaluate. That begins with understanding your relationship to the plant first and foremost, and then taking the necessary steps to create a positive impact. Ask yourself: How do I view cannabis? How does it make me feel? How would I like to feel? How does it make others feel about me? Whose feelings am I responsible for? And, if you already use cannabis: How am I creating positive experiences for myself?
Choose the best time and place. Although cannabis has a long history of being used as a medicine and in spiritual practices, in modern times it’s been perceived as a social drug. But there’s so many other ways to incorporate it into your day-to-day. For some, a wake and bake is the best way to start the day. It’s a nice way to clear your mind, meditate, maybe get a quick workout in or make yourself breakfast before getting your day started. If mornings are not your speed, the post-work wind down might better fit your lifestyle. This is a great opportunity to explore cannabis self-care rituals or cooking with weed—feeding two birds with one hand. And if cannabis best serves you as a sleeping aid, there’s plenty of options that help you achieve a good night’s sleep that won’t leave you groggy the next day. You really have to determine what’s best suited for you. That’s one of the beautiful things about cannabis; you are your own healer.
Understand microdosing. This is the number one reason people assume they can’t use cannabis in their daily routine or on a regular basis. Everybody’s tolerance is different and you have to understand your tolerance. For example, if a smoke break at work is out of the question find discreet, low dose options like mints or chocolate covered espresso beans that don’t exceed 5 mg but help reduce anxiety and stress. And not only that, you get to decide what kind of experience you’re looking to have. Microdosing is the opposite of excess. If you think of cannabis as a sort of herbal supplement that amplifies your intention, it can have many uses. Learning to pair your intention with the right flower or product is key to achieving your desired results, making a little go a long.