Despite the strides several states and even the federal government have made in cannabis/hemp reform, it still remains somewhat taboo to many suit-wearing, briefcase carrying and laptop toting professionals. While many are beginning to understand cannabis’s radical effects on diseases and disorders like cancer and epilepsy, those suffering from less serious issues like insomnia overlook this miracle plant as a viable option. The stoner-stigma associated with cannabis use, while it is improving, is still pervasive and partly to blame. I believe that ignorance about how cannabis can support an overall healthy lifestyle is also a contributing factor; hence, the reason for this blog. Therefore, let’s take a look at 4 ways every professional can benefit from cannabis.
1. Stress Relief
Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. (The Cleveland Clinic)
While stress in and of itself is not a bad thing, it becomes a problem when it is continuous with no relief or breaks. It is estimated that up to 1,000,000 people miss work everyday due to stress, costing as much as $300 billion in lost productivity annually. Prolonged stress activates the body’s fight or flight response. This response causes the body to release adrenaline and nor adrenaline which increases heart rates, blood pressure and muscle tension.
Cannabis helps with stress relief, minus the side effects of other remedies, by relaxing muscles, lowering blood pressure and aiding with sleep. The added bonus is that these benefits can be obtained without getting high because CBD, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, offers these benefits without the added THC.
2. Unlock creativity and focus
Cannabis can be divided into three types: indicas, sativas and hybrids, which are mixtures of the other two. Sativa strains take longer to grow than indicas and tend to have lower CBD and higher THC counts. For the body, sativas increase focus, creativity and the release of seratonin, which regulates learning and mood. There are some who trade their morning cup of coffee for their favorite sativa strain to get that kick-start to the day.
3. Overall improved health
We all could benefit from improved health, especially as we age and abuse our bodies through poor diets, not getting adequate exercise and exposure to environmental toxins to name a few. Cannabis reduces inflammation which is linked to heart disease and stroke. Its anti-ischemic properties increase blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It is also an antioxidant, protecting our cells from free radicals. Gone unchecked, these free radicals increase our risk of illnesses like cancer, heart disease and stroke.
4. Make money
The legalization of cannabis in states throughout the country is creating opportunities compared to those of the Gold Rush of the 1840’s. During that time, the entrepreneurial spirit was ignited in many people and fortunes were made, not by mining or discovering gold, but by the creation of ancillary businesses that supported the efforts of those who did (e.g. Levi Strauss).
Everyone will not and can not own dispensaries or grow facilities, but one could definitely own businesses that support those who do. Someone put it like this, “Ask not what cannabis can do for you, but what you can do for cannabis.” In other words, for every skill you bring to the table, there is a unique need for that skill within the cannabis industry.
Cannabis is by no means a panacea; however, it’s benefits far exceed the narrow, highly stigmatized reputation given to those who use it for recreation. What do you think? Leave a comment below.