Using a nice, calming indica before bedtime for some restful zzz’s is a no-brainer. It’s well-known that cannabis and CBD both work wonders for insomniacs. But on the flip side, the relaxing quality of these powerful and natural medicines can interfere with our lives by making us a bit too sleepy to stay productive. Especially if we’re toking throughout the day to treat conditions like chronic pain, anxiety or depression. The good news is that there are a few simple ways to combat couchlock, remain active and keep your mind sharp.
Exercise is a natural energy booster that delivers more oxygen to the heart and lungs. A study published in the Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Journal in 2008 found that regular exercise increased an individual’s energy levels by 20 percent and decreased fatigue as much as 65 percent.
Regular exercise may also help you sleep more soundly, which means that your sleep quality will be enhanced and that can only boost your waking energy. Many people report that exercising while high not only extends the high for a longer period of time, but it has also been shown to have positive effects on muscle fatigue and muscle strain and inflammation.
2. Consume smaller doses of weed
You certainly don’t have to get stoned in order to reap the full medicinal benefits of cannabis. Consuming too much weed is not only a recipe for couchlock, but it can also bring about anxiety-inducing effects that can leave you otherwise unable to function.
More and more studies are revealing that the smallest therapeutic dose you can take, the better it works. So If you’re utilizing weed on a consistent to treat PMS, anxiety, pain, to stimulate appetite, etc., it’s best to use doses around 5-10 mg 1-2 times per day.
The best way to microdose is via small dose edibles but if smoking is more your speed, 1-2 puffs daily should be enough to alleviate your symptoms while also keeping you nice and alert.
3. Switch to a sativa strain
Sativas are well-known for their uplifting and stimulating attributes. In fact, many decide to use sativas when embarking on a physically active day. Sativas allow you to feel nice and high without wanting to hit the sack and they also have amazing cerebral effects that keep you alert, focused and more creative.
Many pharmacologists have explored specifically used sativas to treat ADD, ADHD, Autism, and depression.
4. Drink coffee
Unless you’re prone to anxiety or panic disorder, drinking coffee or green tea can give you a quick boost of energy if weed has you feeling tired. Many people rightfully assume that mixing caffeine with weed confuses the body since one is a stimulant and the other is a depressant.
However, a 2011 peer reviewed study found that caffeine can actually enhance the effects of THC, potentially making the high more pleasurable. In fact, caffeine seemed to compliment THC so well that less THC was needed to achieve the same therapeutic effects.
If you can get the same effects using less THC when caffeine is involved, what a great way to give yourself a little pick-me-up. However, start slow when mixing caffeine with weed and work yourself up to a tolerable amount of each.