Advantages of keeping a marijuana journal

Published Apr 10, 2019 09:41 a.m. ET
Including how to and what to log

Don’t worry If you have never heard of a marijuana journal before, that’s alright; we are here to help. If you have a better idea of what you should include in your various logs besides what’s listed in this article then by all means record what you want, it’s your journal after all. We will cover the why’s and the how’s of keeping a marijuana use log including some of the many reasons it can be beneficial for both medicinal and recreational users.

Benefits of keeping a marijuana use journal

Medical benefits - The medicinal community is a huge advocate for patients keeping and managing a marijuana use journal for a few different reasons. The first is that there will be certain symptoms that you will want to be managing using medical marijuana. A marijuana use journal will allow you the space to keep track of your specific symptoms’ frequency allowing you to decide on the most effective marijuana strains for treatment.

Buzz control - For those who are using cannabis for recreational use there can be just as many benefits to tracking your personal marijuana use, and the most significant is an enhanced control over every experience. One of the things you should be monitoring is the potency of each weed strain which will give you a safe range to work within when trying out new ones.

Avoid side effects - Some of the most common side effects are paranoia, panic, extreme fatigue, sleepiness, reduction in motor control, cottonmouth, munchies, and other intense or overwhelming sensations. Some marijuana strains will be worse for these adverse feelings and keeping track of which ones do could help to save you from repurchasing a kind that has already been less than enjoyable for you.

Recognize when you might be using too much or too little - Have you ever sat and wondered where all the weed went? Well, with a marijuana use journal you will now know exactly how much and when you have been smoking it. This will allow you to alter your habits or routines to be able to avoid weed by having another activity planned. Most people will smoke too much cannabis out of boredom, so if you can see when you experience that feeling the most, you will be able to lower your marijuana use over time.

Things you should add to a marijuana use journal

Times: This one can be difficult, especially for those who may chronically partake in marijuana use. That doesn’t mean this information is any less useful; it just may be harder to track in the long run. If you don’t feel like you can comfortably predict a stop and start time for a smoking session, then list the times that you used cannabis instead. Every time you finish smoking a joint, or a bowl, check the time and write it down.

Dates: Most people will only purchase one sort of marijuana strain at a time so long-term information is important to be able to have results to compare against one another. If you plan on continuing a marijuana use journal for more than a year than be sure to add that information. If it’s a short look into yourself that is the goal than tracking the days alone may be enough. It’s entirely up to you.

Marijuana strains: What kinds of marijuana strains you are consuming is possibly one of the most critical pieces of information that should be added to a journal. Every single weed strain carries its unique cannabinoid and terpene profiles which will impact a person differently when consumed. The tricky part is that they will often have a completely different effect on another person who uses the same one. This is why it is essential to track the marijuana strain that you consume each time you consume cannabis.

Consumption amounts: The best way to track the amounts for most people is by investing in a small weed scale that can be added to the regular rolling or smoking process with ease. Once the cannabis has been ground up, it can be dumped on a scale and measured. The reason the amount that you consume is relevant is that some strains will provide the opposite effects when taken in larger doses than small ones and the same is true the other way around. If you find you are smoking a lot and having issues with grogginess than you can go back and look at what you used to be sure to reduce the amount for next time.

Taste or aroma: As we mentioned before, every marijuana strain will contain its own unique elements. One of the most notable before even using a product is usually the terpene profile which provides the taste and smells that you will experience from using it. Some scents can make you nauseous while others will have more a soothing effect. While many don’t realize that these aromatic qualities are so important if you don’t like the smell or taste of a product than it will almost certainly hinder the felt effects as well. Where an enjoyable scent will likely enhance the experience. This will give you a good idea of what flavors you might prefer when making purchases in the future.

Experience: The experience that you feel for up to six hours after consuming weed is what should be closely monitored. Feeling a bit woozy? Or perhaps you are getting something you actually like out of a particular strain. Aches and pains worse? Or better? Appetite? How long did the effects last? These are all things that should be written down in a well-kept marijuana use journal to gain the most knowledge.  

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