How To Relieve Tension With Cannabis
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How To Relieve Tension With Cannabis

4 min

We all know that cannabis can help take a load off at the end of the day, and relieve tension. But what is the science behind this much sought after effect?

With modern life being the way it is, many are finding themselves in need of some rest and relaxation. Everyone has their own methods, but it's no surprise that many choose to reach for some cannabis in those trying times. For them, a good indica strain can offer some much needed full-body relaxation.

Note, however, that indica-leaning genetics are not the only factor that contribute to the sensation. So, in this article, we'll discuss the exact cause behind cannabis-induced relief, and show you the best consumption methods to achieve it.

Does Cannabis Relieve Tension?

Does Cannabis Relieve Tension?

Many will attest to the relieving effects of cannabis, especially those that have returned home after a hard day at work for a smoke or a vape. Cannabis has long been many people's go-to method to unwind. They find it’s an ideal mid-week treat that won't leave them groggy and hungover like a trip to the bar.

While there are continuing studies into the effects of cannabis on the human body, there is also substantial research that suggests the cannabinoids found in cannabis are responsible for relieving tension. These compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a network of receptors in our bodies that interacts with both our internally-made cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) and those we ingest (like the THC in weed).

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What Is The Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system is also responsible for monitoring, influencing and reducing levels of tension in the body. This is achieved through the internal release of anandamide, a naturally occurring chemical that is structurally similar to THC. When THC is introduced to the body, it mimics anandamide, producing soothing effects via the endocannabinoid system.

Of course, your environment and surroundings will play just as important of a role when you’re looking to relax. Naturally, smoking or vaping in a quiet area will undoubtedly leave you more relaxed than if you were somewhere loud and bustling. Certainly, there's no harm in unwinding with friends, but most prefer time on their own when looking to relieve tension with cannabis.

Tips To Relieve Tension With Cannabis

There are numerous ways to consume cannabis, but which methods offer the most relieving effects? Some may think THC content and relaxation levels are directly proportional. However, as many stoners know, it can often have the opposite effect. It is all about finding a balance and a dosage that is right for you. With that in mind, here are few other areas to consider.

Try Some CBD

Relieve Tension With Cannabis: Try Some CBD

CBD, as many of you likely know, is another active cannabinoid known for its potentially soothing qualities. While the THC is responsible for getting the user high, it can be combined with CBD for heightened effects. While CBD will not increase your high, it can combine with the other cannabinoids to, theoretically, exhibit what is known as the entourage effect.

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What Is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

This is a term coined by renowned cannabis chemist, Raphael Mechoulam, who researched the effects of cannabis on the human body. His studies, essentially, showed how different compounds and terpenes work together to enhance the effects of cannabis. While some users may opt for a strain with a high CBD content, many prefer to fully utilise the entourage effect by going for one that is high in both THC and CBD. That combo, according to anecdotal evidence, allows users to experience the fullest soothing effects of cannabis.

Think About the Terpenes

Relieve Tension With Cannabis: Think About the Terpenes

Ever wondered why certain strains strain smell and taste so good? Well, you have terpenes to thank for that! Whether a strain is skunk-y or brimming with citrus aromas, it all comes down to the terpenes found in the plant. These oils are not only responsible for aroma and flavours in cannabis, but can actually allow for a much more restful, relaxing high. Strains that contain terpenes such as linalool or myrcene are synonymous with this effect.

Try Other Consumption Methods

Relieve Tension With Cannabis: Try Other Consumption Methods

While smoking or vaping may seem like the go-to method, there are many other different options when it comes to consuming cannabis. From edibles to tinctures, the possibilities are nearly endless; they’re only limited by technology and your imagination. This can be ideal for those looking to control or experiment with dosages. Many edibles and tinctures will tell you the exact THC and CBD content, so you can rest assured that you're not going to be overdoing it.

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All The Different Ways To Consume Cannabis

Although it may seem like an old fashioned way to consume cannabis, tinctures have seen a massive resurgence in popularity in recent years. Whether homemade or purchased, tinctures offer a discreet but potent method of consumption. They’re perfect for those on the move, as well as those looking to relax at home.

You can also readily purchase cannabis edibles, such as gummies and THC infused chocolates, at any dispensary or coffeeshop. Often offering longer-lasting effects, as well as discretion, they’re great for stoners on the go. If you prefer, you can even try your hand at making your own cannabis treats! Making edibles at home may seem like a daunting task at first, but it’s an ultimately rewarding and straightforward endeavor. Everyone knows about pot brownies and cookies, but other edibles like cannabis ice cream could be precisely what you're looking for to cool down and relieve tension. With any homemade edibles, it's really down to finding the right strain (but more on that later.)

Try Relaxing With A Bath Bomb

Relieve Tension With Cannabis: Try Relaxing With A Bath Bomb

Taking a bath to relax is a common way to unwind and relieve some tension. But have you considered adding some cannabis to the mix? Soaking with a cannabis bath bomb allows you to absorb certain cannabinoids through the skin, making for a soothing and relaxing end to your day. Coupled with great fragrances, we bet these will have you feeling soothed in no time.

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How To Make Cannabis-Infused Bath Bombs

Much like edibles, cannabis bath bombs are available to purchase pre-made, but you can also try to make them yourself. With just a few household ingredients, combined with a cannabis-infused oil, you'll have your own bath bombs ready to use in no time!.

Try Different Dosages

Relieve Tension With Cannabis: Try Different Dosages

Arguably one of the most important tips is trying and experimenting with different doses. Like most things, less is more, and that's certainly the case when trying to find what works for you. Sometimes just a smaller amount of cannabis, around 5mg, can be enough to help you relax.

Conversely, consuming more significant amounts of cannabis at the end of the day could be your way of unwinding. It all comes down to gradually finding the right balance for yourself. Ideally, you should start small, space out your sessions so you don’t ramp up your tolerance, and then increase the dose if you feel it necessary. After all, there's a fine line between relaxation and being couch-locked.

Find The Right Strain To Relieve Tension

Relieve Tension With Cannabis: Find The Right Strain To Relieve Tension

We all have our favourite strains and types of cannabis. But have we really looked at the effects, cannabinoids and terpenes within? A little bit of research can give you the heads up about what might work for you to help you relax. Because of their ability to relax and soothe users, indica strains are a very popular choice for those looking to chill out. Couple this with THC and CBD content levels and you're halfway there to finding a strain that will suit you. Other factors to take into account are taste and aroma, especially if you're looking to make edibles, bath bombs or just want something tasty and flavourful to enjoy.

Regardless of how you're looking to consume your cannabis, it's essential to take time out and relieve any tension you're experiencing. Finding the right strain is paramount to soothing any feelings of tension. Generally, strains that have an even balance of THC and CBD are often favoured due to their tension-relieving qualities. If you're struggling to find the strain that's right for you, though, don't worry! We've put together a handy list that will point you to deeply relaxing strains that are sure to do the job.

Adam Parsons
Adam Parsons
Professional cannabis journalist, copywriter, and author Adam Parsons is a long-time staff member of Zamnesia. Tasked with covering a wide range of topics from CBD to psychedelics and everything in between, Adam creates blog posts, guides, and explores an ever-growing range of products.
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