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Self-Care and Cannabis: A Natural Combination with Powerful Results

By Danyal Swan April 1, 2024

In today's age, "self-care" has transcended the "trendy" label it started as, or something to be squeezed into the occasional weekend. It's regarded for what it is, a crucial element for leading a balanced and healthy existence. As we wade through the intricacies of contemporary life, the significance of self-care not only remains pertinent but becomes essential. And incorporating cannabis into self-care routines can simplify and enhance this practice.

April 5th marks National Self-Care Day – the perfect opportunity to explore its significance and the supportive role cannabis can play.

Understanding Self-Care and Its Importance

Self-care involves actively dedicating time to look after your physical, mental, and emotional health. It's about recognizing that to offer the best of ourselves to those around us, we must prioritize our own well-being. This notion is grounded in the idea that our personal health directly influences our daily interactions, productivity, and overall contentment.

Self-care isn't a universal remedy but a personal array of activities addressing various aspects of your life. They fall into a few buckets:

  • Physical Self-Care: Activities that bolster physical health, like exercise, sufficient sleep, balanced diets, and regular health check-ups.
  • Mental Self-Care: Engagements that stimulate the mind, including meditation, reading, acquiring new skills, or taking breaks to refresh one's thoughts.
  • Emotional Self-Care: Efforts to understand, process, and communicate emotions constructively, perhaps through journaling, therapy, artistic expression, or quality time with friends and family.
  • Social Self-Care: Cultivating and maintaining relationships and meaningful connections, crucial for emotional support and community belonging.
  • Spiritual Self-Care: Seeking purpose and significance in life, achievable through meditation, prayer, nature, or any activity fostering connection with something larger than oneself.

The advantages of self-care, in any form, are substantial and wide-reaching. Physically, it can decrease illness risk and boost energy levels. Mentally, it clarifies thoughts and improves decision-making. Emotionally, it enhances inner peace and joy. Socially, it strengthens connections with others. Spiritually, it enriches personal fulfillment and value alignment.

In an era where stress and exhaustion are ever-present, self-care serves as a potent remedy, aiding in stress management, boosting resilience, and ensuring a harmonious balance between professional and personal spheres. By making self-care a priority, we improve not only our lives but also positively impact our communities and those around us.

Developing a Self-Care Routine with Cannabis

Adopting a self-care routine is all about your needs. Begin by pinpointing life areas requiring more focus and slowly incorporate enjoyable and beneficial activities. Remember, self-care is a uniquely personal voyage; what benefits one may not suit another. The goal is to remain consistent, attentive, and gentle with yourself along the way.

Here are a few favored methods for integrating cannabis into self-care practices:

A few of our favorite ways to practice self-care with cannabis are:

1.      Soaking with Encore RSO Hybrid Soft Chews and a Good Book

Soaking in the tub is insanely relaxing – mentally, and physically. Tub time can soothe aching joints, ease anxiety and depression symptoms, and can even help you fall asleep.

Paired with the power of Encore RSO hybrid black cherry gummies, this relaxation is upped several notches. A suite of terpenes ensures maximum calm and release. Slip in with your favorite book, and slip out with a renewed sense of mental clarity. And, to up your pain relief, slather on some MÜV Pain Relief Cream where you need it most – the hot bath will open your pores for maximum absorption.

2.      Pairing Journaling with Savvy Peaches and Cream Vape

Suffer from racing thoughts, need to work through something, or can’t shake stress?  Try journaling out what you’re feeling. A study published in 2022 that focused on journaling responses to three short questions showed a significant reduction in stress for participants. A similar study found that journaling led to increased feelings of well-being.

Cannabis can help you loosen your inhibitions and dive into your creativity. Savvy Vacay Peaches and Cream lends a boost of creativity coupled with bliss, creating a mindset perfect for putting those words down on pen and paper (or in your notes app).

3.      Going for a Stroll with Guava Bits

If you’re like this writer, you can get so deep into the workday or even deep cleaning before realizing you haven’t spent a second outdoors. According to a systematic review of studies exploring the connection between outdoor time and benefits, “Physical activity in a natural outdoor environment has been associated with reduced negative emotions and fatigue, increased energy, improved attention, as well as greater satisfaction, enjoyment and a greater intent to repeat the activity.” Plus, let’s be honest, the sun just feels great (hello, vitamin D).

We love to pair our walks with Guava Bits. Infused with THC and energizing guava, these low-dose edibles provide a boost when you need it most. When paired with a walk at any time of day, you’re sure to find a sense of invigoration to reset anything troublesome on your mind.

4.      Stretching with 1:1 EnCaps™ Capsules

Stretching or yoga are fantastic for self-care. They ease tension out of your body, allowing you to focus on that sense of release and release of endorphins that follow. Whether you prefer yoga poses or simple body stretches paired with or without a foam roller, make sure to pair it with your favorite tunes, and a nice oral dose.

Our favorite capsules to stretch with? MÜV 1:1 EnCaps. These blue and white pills contain 10mg THC and 10mg CBD for a suite of balanced and pain-relieving effects, that, thanks to EnCaps technology, kick in ~30 minutes after dosing. These capsules may help you let go of that bodily tension and sink into each stretch a little deeper.

5.      Meditating with Your Favorite Strain

The psychoactive effects of cannabis use can make it an extremely powerful aid for attuning your mental state to a peaceful, meditative wavelength. Meanwhile, its physical relaxation properties can help you to feel fully present in your physical form without being so sharply aware of bodily discomforts, aches and pains, or chronic ailments.

Try pairing your meditations, no matter how short or long, with a cannabis strain that makes you feel alert, in tune with your body, and just good. Some find that even the most basic meditation exercises, such as repeating a positive affirmation in the mirror each day, can feel deeper and more meaningful after they have used a therapeutic dose of cannabis to lessen their inhibitions and self-doubts.

Fine-Tune Your Cannabis and Self-Care Routine at MÜV

The benefits of self-care are endless. It allows us to recharge and maintain a clear head so we can make better decisions throughout our day and at work, and cannabis can help enhance your routine.

Find the products you need to practice self-care with cannabis at your local MÜV Dispensary. From topicals to edibles, vapes to flower, there is something for everyone, and our educated Cannabis Advisors are eager to help you find your ideal product.


References

  1. “Caring for Your Mental Health.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Feb. 2024, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health.
  2. Kapil, Rubina. “How and Why to Practice Self-Care.” Mental Health First Aid, 14 Mar. 2022, www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2022/03/how-and-why-to-practice-self-care/.
  3. Knight, Dacy. “12 Impressive Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Bath.” Byrdie, Byrdie, 29 Nov. 2023, www.byrdie.com/benefits-of-hot-baths-4778411.
  4. Thoele, David G et al. “Health Care Practitioners and Families Writing Together: The Three-Minute Mental Makeover.” The Permanente journal vol. 24 (2020): 19.056. doi:10.7812/TPP/19.056
  5. Thorpe, Matthew. “12 Benefits of Meditation.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 11 May 2023, www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation.
  6. Twohig-Bennett, Caoimhe, and Andy Jones. “The health benefits of the great outdoors: A systematic review and meta-analysis of greenspace exposure and health outcomes.” Environmental research vol. 166 (2018): 628-637. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2018.06.030

Content Manager for MÜV Florida and Contributor for Zen Leaf Dispensaries. A cannabis connoisseur with a passion for explaining the miraculous possibility of the plant, Swan began her journey with cannabis as a recreational user and quickly realized its positive impact on her depression and severe anxiety. She joined the cannabis industry as Receptionist and MedTender and witnessed first-hand the immense potential of the plant for a wide variety of ailments, deepening her passion for alternative medicine. Swan is dedicated to self-education on the plant and sharing its potential with all. She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa.

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