National Mental Health Month: How Cannabis Can Help with Anxiety and Stress

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

Did you know that 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety each and every year? That accounts for almost 20% of the entire population of the United States. This is a very steep number and a harrowing statistic, all things considered. May is National Mental Health Awareness month which means it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression

We have all felt a little anxious from time to time, such as right before giving a big presentation at school or work, or prior to an important job interview. These feelings are normal. However, for many people, this sense of anxiety can be constant, following them around from day to day tasks. Anxiety can be persistent, even impacting one’s ability to function even when faced with typical activities such as grocery shopping or going out to dinner with friends.

If this sounds like you, there is actually an all-natural solution that could help: cannabis. Our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme has compiled some helpful information to give you some more insight on just how cannabis can ease the symptoms of anxiety and stress, helping you to live a more care-free and happier life. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Growing Legalization and Popularity


Over the past ten or so years, the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products has made some serious headway. While it isn’t quite legalized on a federal level yet, a wide array of states have approved cannabis for medical use. (Some for even recreational use, too!) 

A huge factor in this growing popularity as well as legality is due to many people using cannabis as an alternative aid for many health issues. Seizures, appetite disorders, joint pain, headaches, and yes, even mental health issues like anxiety and stress are just a few of the ailments that are on the list. 

It also helps that smoking isn’t the only way to enjoy cannabis anymore, either. Some people say that smoking is uncomfortable or even painful for them, and that’s okay! Great products like edibles, gummies, tinctures, lotions, creams, bath bombs and more are all available on the market today, helping people to partake in cannabis in a way the suits them best. At our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, you will find hundreds of great brands and products to choose from. 

 

Looking at the Research


If there is one thing we want you to know, it’s this: it’s okay to seek help for your anxiety. There is no shame in that at all! Whether it be through therapy, working out, traditional medication, or using cannabis products, or any combination of the mentioned, there is no right or wrong answer. As long as it works for you, that is what matters.

If you’ve never considered cannabis, however, we do want to provide you with some helpful information first! While many claim that it helps them handle their anxious feelings better, it’s important to take a look at the research. In one study, researchers were able to conclude that inhaling cannabis actually helped for the short term, having a positive impact on participants’ anxiety, depression, and stress levels. 

According to their findings, the study found that the combination of low THC and high CBD were best for stress, while on the other hand, high THC and low CBD were more effective on anxiety and depression. It is vital to note, however, that the study didn’t find any conclusive evidence that smoking cannabis helped with these issues in the long term. 

As with many areas of cannabis research, studies are still ongoing. Thanks to the rising popularity and headway made in widespread legalization, hopefully soon more evidence of cannabis’ medicinal capabilities will be found. 

A woman holds up a piece of CBD candy

The Best Cannabis Products for You


If you want to start trying cannabis as a means to help manage your stress and anxiety, come on down to our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme! If you happen to live in a state where a medical card is necessary to use cannabis products, schedule an appointment with your doctor. For many states, stress, anxiety, and depression are all common reasons to qualify for a card.

The first time you step into a cannabis dispensary might feel a little overwhelming. There are a lot of products to choose from and it might even come across as a bit intimidating. However, you have no reason to worry! Our helpful staff is there to act as a guide and answer any questions that you may have. Though if you want to feel more prepared before you step in the door, there are a few questions you can ask yourself beforehand.

 

What kind of relief do you want?

Prior to making a purchase, you will need to answer this question. When smoking or vaping cannabis, relief is usually fast-acting and the impact usually comes on almost instantly. If you are wanting a delayed relief, then that is when choosing edibles or tinctures would be the better fit. This is also a great option if you are wanting to be better prepared for something like a stressful social engagement, as it has none of the cannabis smell and all of the relief.

 

What is your cannabis sensitivity like?

If you have a high sensitivity to cannabis, or have never tried cannabis before, make sure to opt for products with a lower THC content. This will make sure you get the best experience possible and avoid any unwanted side effects. Content can vary from product to product, so be sure to read the labels. 

 

Do you have any questions?

If there is something you want to know, don’t hesitate to ask! There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially where your mental health is concerned. When talking to one of our budtenders, feel free to have questions prepared in advance or ask them as they come up in conversation. We want to help you feel as comfortable as possible around cannabis products while getting you the relief that you deserve!

What is an Infused Pre-Rolled Joint?

Close up of hand holding joint with smoke

Close up of hand holding joint with smoke

When you look at the wide array of cannabis products on the market, one can understand why it may feel overwhelming to navigate. There are hundreds of brands producing a variety of different products that appeal to people of all backgrounds. Many of us wonder – What product is right for me? How do I choose? 

When shopping for a product it’s important to do your research, ask questions and always buy from a legal business. Learning how to navigate this industry takes time and willingness to learn. For those looking to dip their toes in the water or something they can enjoy on the go – pre-rolls are a good place to start.

Pre-rolls have always been a popular option, especially for those who appreciate the convenience of having their favorite flower perfectly rolled and ready to smoke. Plus, they are easy to take out and enjoy with only a lighter. Quick, discrete, and perfectly dosed, pre-rolls are a great choice.

While it can be fun to experiment with different types of bongs and vaping methods, sometimes all you want is the ease of enjoying a perfectly rolled joint that will burn evenly and give you the perfect high. Now, thanks to infusions, you can amplify this experience with an enhanced version of your favorite pre-roll and really diversify your cannabis experience. Combining together a blend of flower and resin, you are able to maximize not only the potency and quality of your high but the flavor and smoothness of it as well.  

So, what exactly is an infused pre-roll? Let’s take a closer look! 

Infused Pre-Rolls: The Breakdown

The aim or goal for the common pre-roll is that it is perfectly crafted by a professional and contains the best flower that the dispensary or shop has to offer. It is designed to provide a balanced, enjoyable smoke without any of the hassles that can come with having to roll it yourself. 

An infused joint goes just a step beyond that and exists to include add-ins or ingredients to help boost both flavor and the type of high. This can include hash, oil, kief, a combination of strains or flavors, or even diamonds (the cannabis derived ones that is). They can be as small as a half gram or be made up of multiple grams, with a price range starting at $9 and working up to over $100. Whatever kind of combination you’re after, it can be purchased! 

A popular option includes both a THC and CBD combination infusion, especially when being used for medicinal purposes. These tend to have a higher concentration of CBD resins, oil, and strains to better harness the healing qualities of CBD. If you find the right mix for you, you can both receive your desired head high as well as the high you want for your body, too.

Of course, you can craft an infusion roll at home, but just like when you go to a professional bartender and your drink always tastes better, the same concept applies here. Let the pros take care of this one and just kick back and enjoy the enhanced flavor and high! 

Marijuana joints rolled on table sitting next to grinder with cannabis flower in it

Why the hype?

With these infused pre-rolls gaining traction and sparking in popularity, you may stop and ask yourself: so why the hype? According to data brought forth by Marijuana Business Daily, pre-rolls sales skyrocketed during the pandemic. Prior to COVID-19, pre-roll sales made approximately $640 million. By the end of 2020, those numbers had made a significant leap to $942 million. 

The pandemic affected these sales because rather than attending parties and smoking with friends, people were opting to purchase professional pre-rolls, especially if they were partaking alone. This helped to minimize any waste or over-rolling. It also allowed customers to sample a larger variety of bud, rather than having to buy one particular flower and keep smoking that until it was gone.

Infused rolls help accomplish the same thing. You are able to try out many different infusion blends, finding the right product and mix for you for any particular occasion. If you need something more on the medical side, you can get something with a higher CBD potency. If you’re wanting to experiment with flavors, you can purchase something with a particular wax or oil add-in. 

Just like the magic of a build your own burrito place, you can select the perfect combination for yourself!

 

Products to Check Out

If you’re wanting to try it for yourself, we have some products we highly recommend, specifically those from our weed dispensary in Port Hueneme

For example, if you’re in the market for a pre-roll that offers a deep balanced body effect as well as a flavorful, smooth smoke, you need to check out Heavy Hitters’ Ghost. With the current strain offerings testing up to 55% THC, you’re going to get some serious bang for your buck with this choice. 

If you want to try a pre-roll filled with top-shelf flower and glazed in distillates and coated in kief, look no further than STIIZY’s peanut butter gelato. They never use trim or fillers for their pre-rolls, and you’re guaranteed an even, fulfilling smoke.

Kick back and relax with these pre-rolls from the Lowell Herb Co. This product comes packed with the perfect blend that stimulates all five senses but also boasts a balanced kick. The curated, effect-based blends are now infused with our favorite artisanal hash that is bound to bring your smoke to the next level.  

 

Shop From The Earth

At our weed dispensary in Port Hueneme, as well as at all of our store locations, we strive to make a safe space where customers can learn, live, and grow. We want to cultivate a welcoming environment for all of our patrons, one where you can feel free to ask questions without fear or judgment. 

Stop in any time during business hours to browse our great selection and meet with one of our personable and helpful staff members. Or, if you know what you’re after or prefer to shop online, head on over to our virtual store that is very easy to use. If you are out and about, you can also choose curbside pick-up for added convenience! 

If you’re not in the mood to head out into public and prefer to stay home, opt instead for delivery! Treat us like your favorite pizza joint and let us bring the goods right to your doorstep. This added layer of convenience is perfect, especially for those who work from home or are still wary about getting out and about during the pandemic. 

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