5 Things to do in the forest with Flower.
Now that the warm weather is back and we are heading into the summer months, many of us are looking for ways to get active outside. Easier said than done, right? Some of you may not want to go out at all because you experience pain during or post activity. Both psychological and physical symptoms can prevent us from enjoying what nature has to offer. Spending time outdoors and in the forest has an abundant number of benefits for both mental and physical health.
When using cannabis in nature, their synergy can create:
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreased stress hormones
- Improved sleep patterns
- Reduced anger, stress, and depression
If you struggle to get out and be active, it could be time to get out into nature and bring your cannabis along with you!
If you suffer from joint and/or muscle spasms, tension, or twitching you may choose prior to and after activities, to utilize a cannabinoid infused topical cream. CBD or a THC:CBD combination should be sufficient. Apply evenly to joints and/or sore muscles. If your pain feels internal such as a sciatica, topicals would not be as effective as an oral oil or capsule may be. For full body pain, a CBD oil may help control inflammation levels prior to exercise. 2 hours prior to your planned outdoor adventure, dose with your CBD oil, take a second dose when completed activity.
When going outdoors, pre-rolls, vape pens or portable vaporizers can be a great intake option. It allows for easy accessibility, quick onset, and you can dose when required. Pick a strain that does not create drowsiness or tiredness, the goal is to pick a strain that promotes creativity, focus and mood enhancement.
Terpenes that have shown to assist with inflammation, pain, mood, focus, and concentration are myrcene, beta- caryophyllene, limonene and pinene.
What to do when you get to your destination?
Most days society can be negative and busy, it causes us to overthink creating havoc for our mental health. In meditation the mind is clear, relaxed, and focused. Meditation is used as a therapy to support calming yourself, letting go of your biases, and training the mind from distractions. It can assist with letting go of your body tension and requires no physical activity. Those suffering from insomnia, some research has shown sleep pattern improvements, by providing deep relaxation.
Cannabis has been ritually used among several cultures during meditation over the centuries. Cannabis and meditation have a long history. Meditation requires a strong focus of the mind. Some terpenes and cannabinoids have been shown through research to assist with promoting focus and decreased anxieties such as limonene.
Looking for hidden caches or a stash of objects, keeps your mind busy. Go alone or with a friend, geocaching can promote easy to difficult physical activity. Some geocaches can be particularly hard to find, they can blend very well into nature and when found can give a sense of accomplishment. These treasure hunts are well organized and can bring joy to those who generally do not enjoy walking only. Use a strain to help promote creativity and mood boosting properties, such as Amnesia Haze or White Shark.
Yoga is great practice no matter the age or fitness level. Like meditation, yoga requires focus, concentration, and rhythmic breathing. Yoga can lower your stress levels, reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and can assist decreasing muscle tension. It is believed via spiritual practice; cannabis can allow deeper and stronger access into one’s body and mind.
A light to medium THC level cannabis strain is suited, but there is no right or wrong cannabinoid. Cannabis in yoga is not meant to create a strong euphoric feeling, but more to promote mind and body relaxation. Select a strain that creates a full body effect, slight euphoria, relaxation, and decreased body tension such as Blueberry or Girl Scout Cookies.
4. Take a Nap
By exposing yourself to natural light, instead of artificial from a cell phone, tv, laptop, etc. You can assist restarting your circadian rhythm. Artificial light can decrease melatonin levels affecting how well you sleep at night. The next time you hike in the forest, bring a hammock. Lay down a blanket, vape a little, relax and close your eyes. Forest air containing pine trees can open your airways and provide better oxygen quality, improving brain and body function. We can thank the terpene pinene for this effect, found in both cannabis and pine trees.
5. Go for a Hike
Utilizing high amounts of cannabis are not necessary for hiking. Hiking involves increased cardiovascular and respiratory activity. Vaporizing may be a healthier option during hikes than smoking. Depending on the terrain, it may be beneficial to dose with some CBD oil before starting. Selecting strains high in pinene could improve breathing.
The physical activity from hiking helps build skeletal muscle strength, improves your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Some research demonstrates it might improve your sleep. Research shows the physical activity 2-3 times a week can combat symptoms of anxiety and stress and helps improve mood.
Remember to hydrate, both exercise and cannabis can cause dry mouth and an increased need for H20 intake. Being out in nature can feel relaxing, refreshing and provide an overall sense of well-being. We have been locked inside for too long, now is the time to go out and enjoy what nature has to offer!
(Source: https://canadahouseclinics.ca/2021/06/10/5-things-to-do-in-the-forest-with-cannabis/ Author Jessica Dalziel)