2020 is off to a stressful start with the pandemic of the coronavirus, COVID-19, forcing many of us to be remain home, and often in complete isolation. The government has shuttered businesses and prohibited gatherings to limit the spread of the virus, but thankfully medical marijuana patients in some states still have access to products during this time.
So, you’ve got your medicine and you’re stocked up for the foreseeable future. What now? You can only Netflix and chill for so long before you become a fixture of your couch.
Here are five activities you can do at home while in isolation. Whether or not you partake in some herb while you do these, we’ve got you covered to entertain yourself.
1. Play an Instrument
Does weed help you learn an instrument or create music? Dr. Alice Weaver Flaherty, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, specializes in how the brain and creativity are related.
“Marijuana is a stimulant,” says Flaherty. “And most stimulants, in the short term anyway, boost output of all kinds.” Keep in mind, however, that consuming too much or too little might have no effect on your creativity whatsoever. With too little, you might not be motivated to play. With too much, you might become too wired.
A bright side to being in isolation is that some businesses are offering discounts and freebies to keep us occupied. Fender, for one, is offering three months of FREE lessons for guitar, bass, and ukulele. Learn these instruments on your phone, tablet, or computer.
2. Create Art
Outside the workplace, when’s the last time you found yourself doing something creative? Heidi Keyes, a 32-year-old painter and art teacher who uses cannabis to boost creativity, says, “We’re not encouraged to make art as adults. And when we do, we’re so worried about looking like a fool or not doing a good job.”
Consuming cannabis can help you relax and enjoy the process of making art, rather than worrying about the final product or what your peers might think of it. Make art for you.
Keyes also says the right weed – she prefers a hybrid strain called Blue Dream – makes her focused. So, grab some bud, a paintbrush or your tool of choice, and make some happy little trees.
3. Learn to Cook Something New
Tired of eating soup and sandwiches and don’t have much else to choose from your latest trip to the grocery store? Try cooking something you’ve never done before!
What’s more, the world of edible cannabis has countless possibilities if you want to incorporate the benefits of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) in your food. Whether you’re looking for main courses, desserts, drinks, or desserts, there’s a cannabis-inspired recipe to suit your needs.
Don’t just submit to the stereotype of pot brownies! While this classic stoner treat is still popular, there are many other recipes that include cannabis. Check out these 15 super food recipes infused with the plant.
Sure, gyms are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have you undergone any kind of workout at home lately? It can be difficult getting motivated, but exercise is critical to our health, and, believe it or not, consuming marijuana before or after exercising can improve the experience and help with recovery.
Researchers at the University of Colorado surveyed more than 600 marijuana consumers in states where it’s legal to assess how people use cannabis in relation to exercise. Their results poke yet another hole in the couch-locked stoner stereotype – nearly 500 participants said they endorse using marijuana before or after exercising. And those who did use cannabis worked out longer than consumers who didn’t pair the activities.
Whether you use marijuana in conjunction with exercising or not, now’s a great time to get into a workout routine at home.
5. Practice Yoga
Practicing yoga is great for many reasons, which include stretching, becoming centered, letting go, finding mindfulness, among others. Whether you’re a serious yogi or a newcomer, there’s a way to enjoy cannabis and focus on your yoga without stopping to smoke. Why not enjoy the benefits of pairing CBD and yoga?
CBD is popular when it comes to dealing with stress as it possesses the ability to interact with cell receptors, including dopamine and serotonin. The reaction between these receptors allows more neurotransmitters to follow throughout the body, which can result in wellbeing. When you combine this benefit with yoga, it helps you move into a state of relaxation.
Grab a blanket, towel, or mat, and get on the floor to stretch your body. At least you’re off the couch.
by Seth Richtsmeier