If you’re feeling stressed out, isolated, and more than a little anxious these days, you’re not alone. As the number of people who contract COVID-19 grows, the rest of us are sheltering in place worrying about our health and finances, and wondering when we’re going to see our friends and loved ones again. Add to the mix your specific reaction to these stressors and you’ve got every reason to self-medicate to get through the coming weeks.
The good news is that you can manage your reactions to the global pandemic while staying safely indoors. Here’s some suggestions for doing it with medical marijuana, which offers relief to many during difficult times.
While medical marijuana is known to manage many health conditions, it does so at very specific doses. In other words, don’t assume more is better. Instead, make a telehealth appointment with your medical marijuana doctor before taking anything new. If your primary care physician is not a qualified marijuana doctor, it could be a challenge getting them to provide a recommendation, especially during this crisis. MarijuanaDoctors.com can help you find a doctor, get a list of medical marijuana dispensaries and answer any questions you have.
What do we mean when we talk about “stress” as a human health issue? One way to think about it is that stress occurs when the demands of a situation exceeds a person’s ability to respond. In other words, ill effects of stress are measured by your reactions to situations such as the COVID-19 crisis. Some enjoy being alone, so aren’t particularly brother by isolation. But many others currently feel next-level stress, anxiety, low-grade depression, and inability to sleep.
There are many cannabis strains that, anecdotally, may reduce symptoms, or make them easier to deal with. Some include:
Here’s what to know about smoking during the current crisis: Don’t do a lot of it if you have a cough, cold, flu, or other respiratory condition. Excessive smoking can make it that much harder to breathe, which is of grave concern for those who have or at risk for respiratory conditions like COVID-19 or pneumonia. If smoking isn’t an option right now, you can always try vaping, where you use a device to inhale cannabis’s medical properties without the potentially harmful effects of inhaling smoke. Others enjoy topicals, tonics, tinctures, and of course, edibles, especially when baked into your favorite treats.
Bottom line: medical cannabis can help you through the emotional, mental and physical effects of the current pandemic. But make sure you check with your marijuana doctor about which strains to try, and in what form, so you emerge from this crisis feeling your best.